Biomechanics, M.S.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission.

In addition (submit all materials directly to Graduate Admissions office):

For Full Admission

  • an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed undergraduate university work;
  • an appropriate undergraduate/graduate background that includes anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, physics, algebra/trigonometry;
  • Graduate Record Exam scores (no older than five (5) years) with at least a 295 combined score on verbal and quantitative reasoning on the GRE and an analytical writing GRE score of at least 3.0;
  • a personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in the program at Marshall and how the experience will benefit them professionally and personally;
  • three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s relevant academic/professional performance as it relates to the successful completion of the program.To continue in the M.S. in Biomechanics program, students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all coursework.

For Provisional Admission

(a limited number of students may be admitted as provisional candidates)

  • an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed undergraduate university work;
  • an appropriate undergraduate/graduate background that includes anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, physics, algebra/trigonometry;
  • Graduate Record Exam scores (no older than five (5) years) with at least a 285 combined score on verbal and quantitative reasoning on the GRE and an analytical writing GRE score of at least 3.0;
  • a personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in the program at Marshall and how the experience will benefit them professionally and personally;
  • three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s relevant academic/professional performance as it relates to the successful completion of the program.

Acceptance into the M.S. Biomechanics program is competitive and not guaranteed. To continue in the M.S. in Biomechanics program, students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all coursework.

Program Requirements

The M.S. in Biomechanics will consist of at least 36 post-baccalaureate credit hours that will be taken in a prescribed sequence to be developed by the student’s graduate committee advisor. Students without a background in biomechanics will be advised to take additional foundation biomechanical courses.

Thesis or Comprehensive Examination

The thesis project is a collaborative academic effort between the student and the faculty of the School of Kinesiology. The student can receive up to 6 credit hours toward his or her 36 credit hour degree requirement. The thesis project and oral defense of the student’s thesis project must occur prior to the completion of the student’s final semester in the program. The thesis project needs to reflect an effort that is at least equivalent to the 6 credit hours and is to be completed over 2 or more semesters.

As an alternative to a thesis project, a student can choose to take a written/oral comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination will consist of responses to written and verbal questions that are prepared by select faculty members of the School of Kinesiology.

Plan of Study

The Master of Science program consists of the following coursework:

Required Courses
EDF 676Statistical Methods3
ESS 670Research Meth in Kinesiology3
HS 535Biomech Instrument MatLab3
HS 610Adv Biomechanics3
HS 615Kinematic Analysis App Biomech3
HS 635Kinetics in Biomech3
HS 650Human Gait3
HS 681Thesis3
or HS 660 Internship
Electives
These are only suggested courses. Some courses may require permission from the instructor prior to enrollment. All prerequisites must be met.
Select 9 credit hours of the following:9
Biomech Research Pract
Trends in Biomechanics 2
Exercise Metabolism
Adv Exercise Testing
Adv Exercise Physiology I
Structural Kinesiology
Devise Train & Cond Prog
Mech Analysis Motor Skill
Research Meth in Kinesiology
The Role of EHR and PHR
Cardio Exer Physiol
Respir Exer Physiol
Gross Anatomy/Embroyology
Neuroscience I
Neuroscience II
Adv Med Nutrition Therapy I
Adv Studies Human Develop
Multiple Regression
Evidence Based Rscrch Mthds I
Evidence Based Rsrch Mthds II
Statistical Methods for Resear
Intro to Prof Safety & Health
Current Lit & Res in Safety
Saf Engineering Equip Design
Appl Ergon and Hum Factors Eng
Biostatistics
Total Credit Hours33