Program Duration: MS- 2 years, Doctoral- average 4-6 years
Full-Time: Yes | Online Options: No
Marquette’s master's and PhD in exercise and rehabilitation science program is a clinical research program based in the College of Health Sciences’ highly competitive Department of Physical Therapy, which ranks in the top 10 percent of the more than 200 accredited physical therapy programs nationwide. It is also part of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The exercise and rehabilitation science program is one of only a few CTSI programs in the country specifically geared toward clinical research training in physical therapy and rehabilitation science.
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Accelerated Degree Program*
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin (CTSI) is a major partner with Marquette’s Exercise and Rehabilitation Science Graduate program. Marquette’s participation in this consortium expands opportunities for academic, medical and clinical research within Milwaukee. Students will have access to CTSI partner institutions for collaborative research opportunities, patient populations, and advanced course work.
Program Details - MS
The master of science program in exercise and rehabilitation science:
Who is this program for?
Designed for individuals with an interest in clinical research or future plans to pursue a post-baccalaureate clinical degree.
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:
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 MS program will be able to:
Admission Requirements: MS
See application details tab below for application requirements and details. 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 undergraduate students studying in a related field 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 Exercise and Rehabilitation Science program typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. Admission is on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Program Details- PhD
Immerse yourself in an exercise and rehabilitation science research curriculum that consists of:
Who is this program for?
The doctoral program is suited for practicing physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants and nurses with post-baccalaureate degrees interested in a translational research and clinical research training.
Research includes the use of EMG, motion analysis, biomechanics, isokinetic dynamometry, fMRI, body composition, bone mineral density, diagnostic ultrasound, and acute/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:
Learning Outcomes- PhD
Students graduating from the PhD program will be able to:
Admissions Requirements- PhD
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).
Students enrolled in the program typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. Admission is on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Graduate Program Recruiter
phone: (414) 288-7139
Director of Graduate Studies
phone: (414) 288-3382
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 admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:
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 by February 15th.
Director of Graduate Studies, Clinical Assistant Professor- Physical Therapy
(414) 288-3382 | Email Kathleen
Associate Professor and Director of Exercise Science
(414) 288-5069 | Email Paula
Associate Professor- Physical Therapy
(414) 288-6738 | Email Marie
Allison Hyngstrom, PT, PhD
Department Chair, Associate Professor- Physical Therapy
(414) 288-7161 | Email Allison
Associate Professor- Physical Therapy
(414) 288-7282 | Email Sheila
Associate Professor- Exercise Science
(414) 288-6209 | Email Alexander
Assistant Professor- Physical Therapy
(414) 288-4495 | Email Daniel
Professor- Exercise Science
(414) 288-6673 | Email Sandra
(414) 288-6661 | Email Kristof
Additional Faculty Accepting Master's Students
Program Director- Athletic Training Clinical Associate Professor
(414) 288-6210 | Email Christopher
Clinical Assistant Professor
(414) 288-6685 | Email Michael
Practicum Coordinator, Clinical Associate Professor
(414) 288-6175 | Email Christopher
Research assistantships within the Exercise 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.
Financial aid is available for master’s students in the form of tuition credits and stipends. In addition, teaching opportunities are available for master’s students in their second year of study to help off-set the cost of the program. Apply early! Any financial awards are given on a first-come, first-serve basis.