Prospective Students

Program Overview

The Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) program is an interdisciplinary program that combines faculty and resources from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Health Science. By implementing an interdisciplinary approach, the availability of faculty members with various research backgrounds affords students a much more diverse educational environment. The collective research laboratories of the participating units provide exposure to outstanding research opportunities in the study of human movement and exercise; the biomechanical and physiological alterations observed as a consequence of injury; disease; various intervention strategies; and the study of cytomechanics and rehabilitation. Students tend to focus their research in the areas of Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, Cytomechanics, Motor Control/Behavior, and Clinical and Translational Science.

Requirements for Admission

Admission is selective and competitive based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty, funding, and facilities. Those applicants who meet the below stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those applicants who fail to meet those minimum requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

  • *GRE scores are optional
  • Undergraduate grade point index of 3.0
  • Applicants are expected to have 12 credits of laboratory science courses, as well as course experience in the areas of calculus and anatomy/physiology, with grades of “B” or better
  • Supplemental documentation of a faculty member that has agreed to serve as an advisor

Applicants are required to identify a faculty member with appropriate expertise who will provide funding and serve as their advisor throughout the degree program. Once a potential faculty member has agreed to be the applicant’s advisor, formal consideration for admission to the BIOMS program will proceed, provided that they meet all admission requirements of the Graduate College and the BIOMS program and are approved by the BIOMS Executive Committee.

All international applicants for graduate study at the University of Delaware are expected to have or gain English proficiency prior to enrolling in graduate coursework. The recommended minimum TOEFL score is 100 and/or IELTS of 7. A waiver of the TOEFL exam is only allowed when a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree has been or will be earned from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States OR from a university recognized by the ministry of education in a country where English is the primary language.*If you wish to apply without a GRE score, please enter a future GRE exam date into the application when prompted. This need not be an actual exam date. Entering any future date will allow your application to be sent on to our review committee where it will receive full consideration. Reporting your scores is entirely optional. If you chose to not submit a GRE score, this will have no bearing on the competitiveness of your application.

Application Deadlines:


  • January 15- Priority deadline to be considered for department funding.
  • April 15- Final application submission date for regular consideration and department funding.
  • April 16 to July 1- Rolling application consideration.


  • October 15: Final application submission date for regular consideration and department funding.
  • October 16 to December 1- Rolling application Consideration.