Kinesiology & Recreation - Biomechanics
Biomechanics is the study of forces and their effects on living systems. This graduate sequence provides advanced knowledge in Biomechanics particularly related to performance enhancement and injury prevention.
Students focus their academic coursework on developing the ability to understand and apply the principles of Biomechanics when serving as a movement analyst in competitive and recreational sport situations, as well as in the workplace. As a culminating experience, students in the Biomechanics sequence will complete a thesis, independent study, or professional practice.
In most cases, students accepted into this sequence will have demonstrated a high level of academic performance; however, some students may have alternative preparation for this sequence through work experience or academic training.
Depending on individual career aspirations, completion of the Biomechanics sequence prepares a student for future study at the doctoral level, for employment as a research assistant with a corporate entity, or to serve as a member of a workplace safety team.
Point of Pride
The School of Kinesiology and Recreation's Biomechanics Lab is equipped with instrumentation for the collection and analysis of force, muscle activity and video data.
University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a master's program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
- present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
A student applying to this program must:
- have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a Master's program
- submit a current resume, outlining your education and work history (2 page maximum)
- submit a statement of career goals
- submit official GRE Scores (use institutional code 1319)
- submit names and email addresses of three references for letters of recommendation within the online application
- Fall (August) Term — February 1
- Spring (August) Term — October 15
- Spring (January) Term — October 1 for International students
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
- be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
- be in good-standing
- be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.