Specific course requirements

Requirements are intentionally broad to allow students to select concentration areas related to their specific career goals. Elective courses may be chosen from within the department or from among the many course offerings in other departments on both the Charles River (main) and Medical Campuses.

Specialty Tracks

Our program offers three specialty tracks* to meet a range of student interests and needs:

  • Research: Requires a research-based thesis, usually completed in two years (33 credits)
  • Preclinical Accelerated:  Requires a critical literature review, can be completed in one year (33 credits)
  • Athletic Training: Requires a critical literature review, 1/2 time study and 1/2 time athletic training graduate assistantship, usually completed in two years. Note that applicants for this concentration must be certified athletic trainers and eligible for a Massachusetts state athletic trainer license. (30 credits)

*Curriculum requirements will vary depending on track selected. Visit the individual track pages for complete details.

Note: At the time of acceptance into the MS program in Human Physiology, candidates are initially placed into either the Athletic Training Track or the Preclinical Accelerated Track. To be considered for the Research Track a candidate must identify a suitable topic and adviser in the department.