Graduate Program

Doctor of Science in Movement Sciences (DScMvt)

Program Description

The Doctor of Science degree in Movement Sciences (DScMvt) is a scientifically based clinical doctoral degree offered online. 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.

Doctor of Sciences in Movement Sciences Degree

Doctor of Science in Movement Sciences

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If you’re a healthcare professional who is looking to advance your career in clinical skills, research, teaching at a college/university, or management the Doctor of Science in Movement Sciences is the degree for you.

This program is available by distance learning, allowing you to study flexibly while balancing work and personal life.  Graduates will be able to seek employment within the following areas:

  • Educator in higher education
  • Administrator (clinical or in higher education)
  • Critical Inquirer (clinical research in Movement Science)
  • Clinical Consultant in the area of Movement Science

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Honolulu, HI 96813-3481


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Tuition & Credits

Tuition & Credits

Programs Tuition/ per credit Tuition Fees
  Credits Time Per-Semester
Doctor of Science in Movement Science $795 $54,855.00 69 3 Years and 1 Year for Dissertation Total – 4 years Based on 2 courses per semester


Program Learning Outcomes

The objective of the DScMvt program is to ensure that graduates will be able 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. Enhance the ability to critically think within the field of movement science by incorporating evidence-based practice in its interventions, analysis, and the synthesis of collected data to decrease functional limitations
  5. The ability to conduct culturally competent scholarly activities within the field of movement science
  6. The ability to communicate research findings and their implications on the field of movement science
  7. The ability to integrate the components of scholarship: research, teaching, mentoring, and service within the field of movement science
  8. The ability to provide patient/client centered care to decrease functional limitations

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objective of the program is to produce researchers, leaders, culturally competent, life-long learners and forward, critical thinkers, that will have the ability to perform the following within 3-5 years post-graduation:

  1. Demonstrated leadership qualities within their profession
  2. Demonstrated interdisciplinary communication and collaboration
  3. Engaged in community health services that addresses societal needs
  4. Participated in learning opportunities to maintain and enhance professional excellence
  5. Demonstrated collaborative research activities

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:
    • 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).
    • Credentials evaluated by approved transcript evaluator (i.e. World Education Services(WES))
    • If currently living in the United States provide proof of legal status.

Why Study At UMSAz?

UMSAz believes in providing an education that is wholistic in approach and aims to produce graduates who will be critical thinkers, leaders and clinical problem solvers. A patient centered approach is the common thread woven throughout each class.

Not only does the University of Medical Sciences Arizona provide you the practical skills that you can transition seamlessly into your work environment upon graduation, but we also equip our graduates with a heightened sense of delivering patient centered care from a clinician, researcher, academician, or leadership perspective.

Earn your doctorate degree by applying below. For inquires, please email or call (808) 867-2900.