Prospective Students

Program Overview

The Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) program is an interdisciplinary program that combines faculty and physical resources from several different units including the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Physical Therapy, the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, and the Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research.

By implementing an interdisciplinary approach, the availability of faculty members with backgrounds in sport biomechanics, physical therapy, applied physiology, engineering, and computer science, 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, and various intervention strategies, and the study of cytomechanics and rehabilitation.

The five approved areas of specialization:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Cytomechanics
  • Motor Control/Behavior
  • 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.

  • Recommended GRE requirements of 300 on combined quantitative and verbal scores
  • Undergraduate grade point index of 3.0
  • Applicants are expected to have course experience in the areas of math (through calculus), anatomy/physiology, physics (2 semesters), and chemistry (2 semesters).

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 advisor, formal consideration for admission to the BIOMS program will proceed, provided that they meet all admission requirements of the Office of Graduate and Professional Education and the BIOMS program and are approved by the BIOMS Executive Committee.