Rehabilitation and Movement Science Admission Requirements

Students applying for either the doctoral (Ph.D.) or the master's degree program in Rehabilitation and Movement Science are expected to hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Students should have an undergraduate degree in kinesiology or a related field (e.g. biology, physics, physiology, neuroscience, biomedical or mechanical engineering, etc.). Students applying to the Ph.D. degree program are expected to hold a master's degree in kinesiology or a related field.

All students applying for graduate study are expected to demonstrate competency in each of the following four areas:

  1. Human Anatomy (e.g., KIN 424K)
  2. Vertebrate or Human Physiology (e.g., BIO 365S)
  3. Biomechanics (e.g., KIN 326K)
  4. Motor Learning (e.g., KIN 335C) or Neuromuscular Control (e.g., KIN 336)

Meeting the Requirements

Competency is typically demonstrated by completion of specific undergraduate courses taken in kinesiology or other disciplines. Students may be admitted to the graduate program without having completed all of these core courses, with the condition that they are expected to fulfill these requirements either prior to starting their degree for master’s students, or prior to advancement to candidacy for doctoral students.

Students can meet these competencies by taking the necessary course(s) at the University of Texas at Austin, as noted above.  Students taking any of these courses at the University of Texas at Austin will also need to fulfill any prerequisites for these courses. These undergraduate competencies are in addition to the required courses in the student’s graduate program.

It is recommended that any deficiencies be completed prior to entering the program.  It is typically possible to complete the core competencies during the summer prior to beginning the program. In rare circumstances, a student may begin taking their graduate coursework while also completing a final undergraduate prerequisite.  All undergraduate prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade to fulfill the competency area requirement. 

Additional Ph.D. Requirements

Students applying to the Ph.D. degree program are expected to also have the following:

  1. Demonstrated capability of independent research. Examples include completing a thesis or presenting a poster at a scientific conference or publishing a research article.
  2. Approval of a faculty advisor willing to supervise the student's doctoral program. Applicants without a faculty member willing to supervise will not be admitted into the program.  Prior to applying to the program, students should contact the professor that they are interested in working with to discuss the possibility of being supervised and the nature of the research to be conducted.