Frequently Asked Questions

We adhere to an “apprenticeship model” of research advisement. Typically students start out doing a project directly on a problem worked out with the advisor, or joining an ongoing project. As research expertise in the area increases, students typically begin to carve out their own research projects under the direction of one of the faculty.


Focus is on the acquisition and control of movement for both upper and lower extremity tasks, including integration of posture and arm movement, gait and balance assessment. . Numerous projects focus on elucidating the neural bases of movement disorders, with particular emphasis on neurological diseases and disorders such as cerebral palsy, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease and stroke.  There are upper extremity rehabilitation projects underway including constraint-induced therapy and bimanual training, as well as exercise and physical activity studies.

Yes. Our apprenticeship model is designed to best prepare researchers using current methodology and hypothesis-driven questions. We believe the best way to do that is to do quality work in an area related to faculty expertise. This training would allow one to transfer their knowledge to another area of research after graduating.

Our lab is equipped to study gait, and several ongoing projects examine the coordination of gait with other functional movements. However, none of the faculty have specific expertise in gait, so it would be difficult to conduct research on this topic alone. We have no expertise in orthopedics, so students with this interest would need to conduct biomechanical work in areas of ongoing work.

No. Quality research in the area means conducting work under the direct guidance of faculty. Courses are usually offered in the evening to facilitate work, but time is required in the labs during weekdays.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program bridges both the movement sciences and clinical or educational practice. It requires a minimum of 32 points to complete the degree. More information about the MA can be found here.


The Master of Education (Ed.M) is an advanced degree for applicants who have professional experience and would like to further their learning and research into the field of Movement Sciences. The Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree requires a minimum of 60 points to complete the degree. More information about the EdM can be found here.


The EdD degree focuses on behavioral, biomechanical, and neural bases of development, acquisition, and performance of movement skills. It requires 75 points and more information about EdD can be found here.


The PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in Motor Learning prepares students for research-intensive positions in the areas of movement and kinesiology. It requires 75 points and is a research-intensive degree. More information about PhD can be found here.


Students come from a variety of backgrounds. Currently we have musicians, dancers, artists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, teachers, and physical education professionals, exercise physiologists, personal fitness consultants, nutritionists, business specialists, among others. We encourage all with an interest in our programs to apply.

Courses often meet once a week and are offered in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Most classes take place in from 5:10 PM – 6:50 PM, and from 7:20 PM – 9:00 PM (Monday till Thursday; no classes on Friday). However there are required laboratory and other classes that begin as early as 1 pm. Typically, during the Spring and Fall semesters, one class (of 1 hour 40 minutes) a week is held for a 3-point course. In addition, each class involves out of the classroom work (studying, writing papers, etc.) on average of 6 – 10 hours a week--or more--for a 3-point course.


Yes. Up to 45 relevant graduate credits can be transferred toward the Ed.D.


Typically, full-time M.A. students complete their program within one academic year, and our part-time students complete the program at varying speeds. Full-time Ed.M. students tend to complete their program within two and a half academic years. 


There is no specific timeframe for Ed.D. or P.h.D. students. However, it takes a minimum of 3 years (post Masters degree) of full-time (40-50 hours per week) study to complete a doctorate program.Please note that these timeframes are approximate and depend on each person's working situation, personal life, and financial situation.


Information on registration dates, advisement, and orientation will be sent by the Admissions team upon acceptance into the program

Quality research in the area means conducting work under the direct guidance of faculty. Courses are usually offered in the evening to facilitate work, but time is required in the labs during weekdays.


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