MS (experiential) in Human Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences


Debuting in Fall 2022, the MS (experiential) in Human Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences (HMRS) positions you for success by incorporating revolutionary breakthroughs and innovative rehabilitation solutions.

Building on our successful PhD program, the MS (experiential) program is designed for professionals with experiences and training in related fields like engineering, basic sciences, computer science, kinesiology, biomechanics, and clinical practice.  Included are those currently working in industry as research assistants, client specialists in clinical areas; and those with related clinical field experience looking to pivot into rehabilitation technology of human movement and rehabilitation research.

MS or MS (experiential) in HMRS?

Whether you’re changing careers or deepening your expertise, the MS (experiential) program will enrich your graduate coursework, enhance your technical know-how, and advance your career prospects by incorporating professional work and research opportunities into your graduate education.

Why pursue an MS (experiential) in HMRS at Northeastern?

This 12-month program prepares professionals through revolutionary breakthroughs about how our bodies can work better by focusing on innovative rehabilitation solutions through enhanced research and education in the areas of:
• 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 two residencies prepares and empowers the next generation of scientists. You will have a front row seat to cutting edge research in neuroscience, arthritis, physical activity, and occupational biomechanics.

Choose from full-time or part-time study

The MS (experiential) in HMRS offers both full-time and part-time options for degree completion. Each includes the opportunity to undertake a capstone project in an area of need identified in partnership with 1) your industry employer or 2) a capstone research mentor in human movement and rehabilitation science research, practice, or industry patent/deliverable. These projects will be supported by Northeastern’s Experiential Network.

Full-time study
This option is a good fit for persons entering the field or changing careers. Coursework is completed during two eight-week, online semesters, and includes embedded residencies and one semester of full-time cooperative education.

Part-time study
This option is for those currently employed full-time in related fields, and who want to remain at their jobs while completing the degree. The part-time option is appropriate for those enhancing their qualifications or who are supported by employers during the program of study. Coursework is completed in three shorter eight-week semesters with embedded residencies while students remain employed in their current full-time positions.

  • 12-month completion time
  • Online coursework; two one-week residencies on Boston campus
  • Fall or spring entry
  • Full-time or part-time

Application Deadline

August 1 and December 1
GRE optional

Sample Curriculum: 30 Semester Hours (SH)

Online Coursework (20 SH)

  • PHTH 5210 Biostatistics in Public Health OR HLTH 5410 Statistics in Health and Behavioral Science (3 SH)
  • PT 7001 Core Concepts in Rehabilitation Science and Research (3 SH)
  • PT 7030 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Rehabilitation Science, two semesters (1 SH each semester)
  • PT 5321 (new) Applications of Biomechanics in Human Function and Movement (4 SH)
  • PT 7010 Measurement and Analysis of Human Movement (4 SH)
  • PT 7020 Emerging Technologies in Rehabilitation (4 SH)


Immersive Work Experience

  • One semester of cooperative education at industry partnerships OR
  • Industry fellowship at current employment site


Immersive Residencies (6 SH)

Two one-week immersive residencies (3 SH each), alternating times of accelerated group project work and immersive laboratory and technology experiences.Held at the Boston campus in January and the end of the spring semester.

  • Residency for PT 7010 Measurement and Analysis of Human Movement AND
  • Residency for PT 7020 Emerging Technologies in Rehabilitation


Capstone Project (4 SH)

Experiential mentored capstone project in an identified area of need in human movement and rehabilitation science research, practice, or industry patent/deliverable.

  • PT 6320 (new) Capstone Project: Human Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences

Curriculum subject to change

Post-Degree Employment Opportunities

Graduates of Northeastern’s MS (Experiential) in HMRS are prepared for a wide range of opportunities at leading companies like Medtronic, Brainlab, Myomo, and Vector Scientific. See examples of position postings, below.

Medtronic: Field Clinical Engineer I - Clinical Research, Neuromodulation


  • Experience in the management of clinical devices
  • Neuromodulation device training or knowledge strongly preferred
  • Experience in biomedical engineering, hospital/clinic or medical sales
  • Experience in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and/or regulatory compliance guidelines for clinical trials
  • Experience in clinical studies and/or trial site management/protocols
Brainlab: Clinical Specialist


  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Clinical
    Engineering, or Nursing required
  • 1-3 years minimum experience in a technical support role preferably for a healthcare
    company or provider
  • 1-2 years minimum sales experience with healthcare company preferred
  • Knowledge of surgical procedures, anatomy and medical terminology preferred
  • Proficient in the use of PC software applications including Microsoft Office
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented and a proven history of ability to make independent
Myomo: Care coach and clinical support engineer


  • High School or Trade School Diploma
  • Specialized knowledge: quality inspection methods, processes, and practices;
    component and material testing
  • Skills: use of inspection tools and equipment; conducting component and product rework
  • Abilities: able to follow instructions and procedures; capable of writing non-conformance reports;
    can work independently to complete forms and paperwork
Vector Scientific, Inc.: Biomechanical Engineer


  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in Biomechanical/Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics/Kinesiology, or a closely related science
  • Background and/or experience preferred in automobile impact injury biomechanics
    such as vehicle collision dynamics, occupant kinematics, occupant injury
    biomechanics, and restraint system use and effectiveness
  • Successful persons in this career possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
    the ability to work as part of a team and independently; are self-motivated and self-
    disciplined; have outstanding oral and written communication skills; able to interact
    effectively with technical and non-technical people; have the desire to continue to
    learn; and have the ability to acquire, integrate, and apply knowledge
  • We are looking for someone willing to be challenged, roll up their sleeves, think, solve
    problems, continue to learn, and work as part of our talented injury biomechanics

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 scores: optional for Fall 2022 admission
  • 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, Program Manager, or Jack Dennerlein, Program Director.

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

Jack Dennerlein

Jack Dennerlein, Ph.D.
Program Director
301 Robinson Hall
Tel: 1-617-373-5428
[email protected]

Elizabeth Holaday

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

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