Doctor of Science in Movement Sciences

Courses are taught online with limited on campus lab time to accommodate for the working professional.  Campus lab times are generally 3 -5 days in length and are held once a semester for those courses that have labs associated with it.

Program Description

The Doctor of Science in Movement Sciences (DScMvt) degree is a scientifically based clinical doctoral degree. Its focus is on the study of human performance as it relates to movement and dysfunction throughout the lifespan. The doctoral program will prepare scientific scholars that can function as clinicians, researchers, or academicians. The scholar will go through a rigorous curriculum that is designed to address the various challenges faced with individuals with impairments, functional limitations, disability, a handicap as a direct result of an injury, disease, or developmental disorder. The various components of human movement will be studied through the restoration, compensation, and maintenance of movement. The program will explore movement through an interdisciplinary approach to foster interprofessional collaboration within the delivery of healthcare. Research methods and evidence based practice are the underlying tenets of this degree.

The objective of the DScMvt program is to:

  1. Provide a broad scientifically based knowledge in the field of movement science/human performance
  2. Give students the necessary skills to analyze human movement with the use of instrumentation lab techniques
  3. Enhance the understanding and analysis of human movement from a functional limitation and disability perspective
  4. Produce critical thinkers that will enhance the field of movement science by providing evidence base practice in its interventions, analysis, and synthesis of collected data

Specific Admissions Requirements

  1. At least a Masters degree from a nationally or regionally accredited university in the USA (foreign trained individuals must have degree evaluated by an approved agency)
  2. Bachelors or Masters degree must be in a health related field (strong background in Motor control, biomechanics, exercise science, physical therapy, biomedical engineering) or in the field of movement science.
  3. Foreign Educated Applicants must provide the additional documents:
    1. TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) scores of 550 or better OR take the English proficiency test provided by UMSAz (contact university for more information).
    2. Credentials evaluated by approved transcript evaluator (i.e. World Education Services(WES))
    3. If currently living in the United States provide proof of legal status.


Program and Course Outline
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Total Program credits

»Doctor of Science in Movement Sciences

69 Credits