MS in Human Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences


The MS in Human Movement prepares graduates to interpret basic, translational, and applied research as well as advance practice in Human Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, with the goal of applying knowledge about mechanisms and methods of restoring and maximizing human functional capacity and wellbeing across the lifespan.

The Master of Science in Human Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, prepares students to take charge of revolutionary breakthroughs and innovative rehabilitation solutions – ultimately placing you in position for success.

Why pursue a Master of Science in Human Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences from Northeastern University?

The new Master of Science in Human Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences at Northeastern University prepares students through revolutionary breakthroughs about how our bodies can work better. This 12-month program focuses on innovative rehabilitation solutions through enhanced research and education around:

  • Biomechanics
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Control of movement
  • Motor learning
  • Health and wellbeing through movement and design
  • Human-cybernetic system interactions
  • Neurorehabilitation of movement and function

State-of-the-art technology, a curriculum developed by industry professionals, and a robust variety of elective courses to round your knowledge and expertise; and empowering the next generation of scientists.

You will have a front row seat to cutting edge research in neuroscience, arthritis, physical activity, and occupational biomechanics.

  • 12 month completion time
  • Boston campus
  • Fall entry term
  • Full-time

Application Deadline

August 1, 2023
GRE optional

Sample Curriculum

Students must complete 32 credit hours of courses. These courses must be taken for a grade and cannot be taken pass/fail. They include 7 required courses, 2 electives, and a capstone. See below for details.

  • Fall Semester

    • PHTH 5210 Biostatistics 3
    • PT7001 Core Concepts 3*
    • PT5321 Applied Biomechanics 4*
    • PT7030 Seminar 1*

    11 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • PT7010 Measurement & Analysis 4*
    • PT7020 New Technology 4*
    • PT7030 Seminar 1*
    • Electives 4

    13 Credits

  • Summer A Semester

    • PT 6320 Capstone 4*
    • Electives 4

    8 Credits

  • HLTH 5450 Research Methods in Health Care Research (3 + 1 Recitation)
  • PT 5133 Kinesiology — 3 Hours
  • BIOE 5320 Advanced Biomedical Measurements and Instrumentation — 4 Hours
  • BIOE 5810 Design of Biomedical Instrumentation — 4 Hours
  • BIOE 5235 Biomedical Imaging — 4 Hours
  • BIOE 7300 Special Topics in Biomechanics — 4 Hours
  • PT 5410 Functional Human Neuroanatomy — 4 Hours
  • PT 5138 Neuroscience — 4 Hours
  • PT 5150 Motor Control, Development, and Learning — 4 Hours
  • PT 5209 Neurological Rehabilitation 1 — 4 Hours
  • PT 5600 Ergonomics and the Work Environment — 3 Hours
  • PT 6221 Neurological Rehabilitation 2 — 4 Hours
  • ME 5250 Robot Mechanics and Control — 4 Hours
  • ME 5659 Control Systems Engineering — 4 Hours
  • ME 5665 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics — 4 Hours
  • ME 7247 Advanced Control Engineering — 4 Hours
  • EECE 5644 Introduction to Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • EECE7200 Linear System Analysis — 4 Hours
  • BIOL 5601 Multidisciplinary Approaches in Motor Control — 4 Hours
  • PHTH 6210 Applied Regression Analysis — 3 Hours
  • PHTH 6440 Advanced Methods in Biostatistics — 3 Hours
  • EXSC5210 Physical Activity and Exercise: Prescription, Measurement and Testing

Curriculum subject to change

Application Requirements

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree — preferably in a technical, biological, or health sciences discipline — and the application will need to include the following:

  • Academic transcript(s)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of reference
  • GRE optional
  • TOEFL score for international applicants

Applications to the program will be evaluated by an Admissions Committee comprised of members of the program’s core faculty and be accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about how to apply.

Student financial options available at Northeastern University

Finance Your Education

Learn more about the variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships, we offer.

Student Financing

Contact Information

We welcome any questions you might have about our program. Please feel free to send general program inquiries and admissions-related questions to Elizabeth Holaday, the Program Manager.

(This program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education)


Elizabeth Holaday
Program Manager
301 Robinson Hall
Tel: 1-617-373-3748
[email protected]

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