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Master of Arts

The M.A. program emphasizes bridging between the movement sciences and clinical or education practice. The objective is to develop a comprehensive and coherent view of theory and research that can be applied to practice within the student’s professional field. The program requires 32 points of study and either a comprehensive examination or a capstone project. Students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of degree requirements. Program faculty will annually review each student’s progress. Please note that satisfactory performance is defined at a minimum as no incomplete grades, and no BBSR or BBS courses in which the grade earned is lower than B.

A final project is required for the M.A. and may involve one of four options:

  1. A scholarly review of research and theory within a topical area drawing application toeducational or clinical practice.
  2. A basic or applied research.
  3. An educational project including the development of an assessment instrument/methodfor clinical or educational practice or a presentation for a continuing education program.
  4. An examination covering all core movement science courses, core specialization courses,research methods, and substantive study in movement sciences.

For initial advisement and approval of M.A. projects, students must consult with their academic advisor. The M.A. program can be completed in 12–18 months of full-time study or two to three years of part-time study (depending on the student’s other responsibilities).

Specific requirements for the Motor Learning and Control concentration include:

  • BBS 5060 Neuromuscular responses and adaptation to exercise (2)
  • BBS 5068 Brain and behavior I: Communication in the nervous system (1-2)
  • BBSR 5582 Research design in the movement sciences (3)
  • BBSR 4060 Motor learning (3)
  • BBSR 4161 Motor learning laboratory (2, co-requisite BBSR 4060)
  • BBSR 4050 Biomechanical analysis of human movement (3)

Substantive study: minimally 6 points in movement sciences (BBSR courses includingofferings in physical education) beyond the above listed courses.

Laboratory courses: one course of minimally 2-3 points in movement sciences (BBSR course).

Seminars, tutorials or conferences: minimally 2-3 points in movement sciences (BBSR courses).

Electives: minimally one additional non-BBSR course outside the program in MovementSciences and Education (course at Teachers College for at least 2 points) besides BBS 5060 and BBS 5068.

Individual program: minimally 6 points in movement sciences (additional BBSR coursesin substantive, laboratory, fieldwork or seminar study) and/or related areas outside of theprogram (including graduate courses at Columbia University).

BBSR 5504. Research training in motor learning (2) Students will enroll in this competency based course during their last year of study to immerse themselves in current research in motor learning and control, as well as receive advisement of their final project. Note that if all coursework is complete but the student has not yet completed the final project, students must continue to enroll for 1 point (above and beyond the 32 points) each semester until the project is complete.