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 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.

Degree Program Descriptions

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

Master of Science

The master of science degree in clinical and translational rehabilitation health science (CTRH) 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.

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.

Doctor of Philosophy

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 (D.P.T., M.P.T., M.P.A., M.S.N., M.D., etc.) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 (based on a 4.000 scale).

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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.

Rolling admission; this means you may apply any time before August 1 for fall term admissions (June 1 for international applicants) and December 15 for spring term admissions (October 15 for international applicants). These are the dates by which your applications must be complete, meaning that 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), please 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.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts 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.

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.

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Graduate Program Recruiter

Lizzie Kerrick

phone: (414) 288-4792