Clinical & Translational Rehabilitation Health Science (CTRH)
Master's and Ph.D. Programs

In Partnership With The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin is a major partner with Marquette’s clinical and translational rehabilitation health science (CTRH) graduate program. Marquette’s participation in this consortium expands opportunities for academic, medical and clinical research within Milwaukee. CTSI partner institutions include the Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, the Zablocki V.A. Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Blood Center of Wisconsin.

Join our Clinical Translational Rehabilitation Master or PhD Program

Click the programs below for more details and area of emphasis. For more information including faculty and courses, visit the department web page

Program course work and more details can be found on the Graduate School Bulletin.

Two-Year Intensive Master's Program

About the CTRH Master of Science Program

The master of science degree in clinical and translational rehabilitation health science (CTRH) is a two-year, intensive program focused on enhancing the knowledge base in rehabilitation science with thesis and non-thesis options. It is  open to those with a related science major interested in strengthening their core undergraduate major with advanced course work in research and rehabilitation science.

Students gain clinical and translational research experience in the Exercise, Rehabilitation and Movement Disorders Research Complex and also engage in community-based projects. Students interested in the non-thesis project option benefit from departmental interests in pediatric obesity, community wellness in underserved populations, strength and conditioning in geriatric and other special populations (such as cancer and multiple sclerosis patients) and elite athlete populations, among other topics.

The core curriculum in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, rehabilitation science, statistics and advanced electives prepares students for careers in this rapidly developing and exciting field.


A master’s degree may strengthen a pre-professional student’s application for entry into physical therapy, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy or medical school.

A student may choose from a variety of areas of emphasis for their degree including:

  • community wellness
  • exercise physiology
  • neuro control of movement
  • movement disorders
  • sports medicine including biomechanics or performance enhancement.
    Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Students interested in an MS in clinical research, must successfully defend a thesis consisting of a translational research project by the end of their second year. Those students pursuing a non-thesis track, must present a scholarly paper in their second year.

Learning Outcomes - MS

Students graduating from the CTRH MS program will be able to:

  • Deliver an effective oral presentation of the thesis or project
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of pertinent literature of the chosen topic
  • Gather, organize, analyze and report data as appropriate for the project and as defined by mentor
  • Adhere to requirements for protection of human subjects
  • Interpret results in a way that relates to the research findings and adds to understanding in the field

Admission Requirements: CTRH Master's 

Applications for the Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences program (CTRH) are handled by the graduate school and reviewed by CTRH faculty.

Students are admitted to the program after completion of a bachelor’s degree in a science or athletic training major with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Current Marquette exercise science and athletic training students with a 3.0 GPA or better may apply for the accelerated degree program (ADP) during their junior year for admission into the master’s program for their senior year.


Students in the Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences program (CTRH) typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. Admission is on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. 

See Application Information tab below for application requirements and details. 

Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School Bulletin.

 

Cutting-Edge CTRH Doctoral Program

About the CTRH Doctoral Program

The CTRH Ph.D. program is designed for clinicians with a post-baccalaureate degree interested in translational and clinical research training.

The doctor of philosophy in clinical and translational rehabilitation health science builds upon the core competencies of clinical degrees (anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, medical ethics and patient care) with course work in rehabilitation systems physiology, applied neurophysiology, statistics, molecular genetics and research methodology.

Students gain extensive research experience in the exercise, rehabilitation and movement disorders research cores housed within the exercise science program and the Department of Physical Therapy.

Research includes the use of EMG, motion analysis, biomechanics, isokinetic dynamometry, fMRI, body composition, bone mineral density, diagnostic ultrasound and acute and chronic exercise training to explore mechanisms of dysfunction and develop theories for restoring function in people with movement disorders. Movement disorders cross age, gender and all ethnic boundaries and include:

  • populations with multiple sclerosis
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • traumatic brain injury
  • stroke
  • cancer survivors
  • pediatric obesity
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • chronic pain syndromes

Students applying to the doctoral program must have successfully completed either a master’s degree in a related discipline or a post-baccalaureate clinical degree (DPT, MPT., MP., MSN, MD, etc.) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 (based on a 4.000 scale).

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Ph.D. program will be able to:

  • Deliver an effective oral presentation of the dissertation proposal
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of pertinent literature
  • Identify research questions or problems that are pertinent and significant
  • Gather, organize, analyze and report data using an appropriate conceptual framework
  • Adhere to requirements for protection of human subjects
  • Interpret results in a way that relates to the research findings and adds to understanding in the field

Admission Requirements: CTRH Doctoral 

Applications for the Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences program (CTRH) are handled by the Marquette University Graduate School and reviewed by CTRH faculty.


Students enrolled in the Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences program (CTRH) typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. Admission is on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. 

See Application Information tab below for application requirements and details. 

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Application Deadline

Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. Admission is on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

This program has rolling admissions, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions- August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
  • Spring term admissions- December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)

These are the dates your application must be complete and all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.

However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:

  • Fall (August) Term: February 15
  • Spring (January) Term: November 15
  • Summer (May) Term: April 15

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • Copies of all college/university transcripts except Marquette.*
  • Copies from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • A curriculum vitae including work history, formal education, continuing education, licensing and certification, professional organizations, honors and awards, publications, presentations and grants.
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words addressing your purpose for applying to the program, your ability to successfully complete the program and your goals (short and long term).
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic, professional, clinical, personal attributes and potential for meaningful graduate study. At least one academic reference must be included.
  • GRE scores. Required for any non-Marquette University graduate applying to the MS degree program; required for doctoral applicants if their graduate/post-baccalaureate clinical degree was done at a non-U.S. institution or if their graduate/post-baccalaureate clinical degree GPA is less than 3.000. Waived for current Marquette students or Marquette graduates with GPA above 3.000.
  • For international applicants only: a minimum acceptable score on the iBT TOEFL exam of 90 overall, with minimum section scores of 25 for listening and speaking, and minimum scores of 20 for reading and writing, or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • Applicants may wish to submit one example of written work, such as a class project, course assignment, first author publication, grant application, etc. (optional).
  • An interview with the admission committee is mandatory.

* Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

Research assistantships within the clinical and translational rehabilitation health science program are available to a limited number of doctoral candidates. Assistantships include a full tuition scholarship, stipend for living expenses, and subsidized medical insurance. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

Ready to learn more about Marquette's Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Science graduate programs? 

Request more information now or schedule an on-campus visit.

Graduate Program Recruiter

Lizzie Kerrick

phone: (414) 288-4792

email: elizabeth.kerrick@marquette.edu

Assistant Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Kathy Lukaszewicz

phone: (414) 288-3382  

email: kathleen.lukaszewicz@marquette.edu