With the world moving at an ever-faster pace, it’s more important than ever to understand the mechanics of how people move. That’s what biomechanics is all about.
Our master of science (MS) in exercise science with a concentration in biomechanics will prepare you for doctoral work or a career in clinical, industrial, or academic settings.
Our Biomechanics Lab’s ongoing research projects challenge students to assess various aspects of human movement and evaluate individuals with movement disorders and disabilities. Engaging faculty work closely with students as they investigate the latest in the development and control of muscular strength across a wide range of ages and abilities.
No matter your future goals in the field of biomechanics, our master’s degree will help you accomplish them.
What You Will Learn
Ball State’s master’s program in biomechanics will prepare you to excel in a range of clinical and educational settings through a blend of engaging course work and experiential opportunities. Our expert faculty, fully-equipped biomechanics laboratory, and lasting bonds distinguish us as a leader in preparing collaborative and innovative graduates.
You’ll learn about:
- the analysis of movement
- skeletal disorders
- laboratory techniques
- general research methods
- other topics important to your understanding of biomechanics and how it relates to other fields
What It’s Like to Pursue a Master’s Degree in Biomechanics at Ball State
You’ll further your expertise through thesis research and advance your skills through collaborations in the biomechanics laboratory. The lab features advanced biomechanical tools, including:
- 28 high-speed cameras to conduct 3-D motion analysis
- hard-wired, telemetry, and indwelling electromyography
- a split-belt force instrumented treadmill to measure forces during locomotion
- computer simulation and modeling of movements
We engage in dynamic posture and balance assessments, walking and running analyses, whole body vibration and muscular reflex responsiveness.
Put your education to practice through hands-on research in a variety of clinical rehabilitation and sport performance settings.
Our clinical-based biomechanics research focuses on gait and posture analysis in numerous populations, including neurotypical individuals as well as those with cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and impairments common to older adults.
Past projects have assessed bone and muscular changes in healthy young adults and the elderly, orthopedic knee replacements, and the muscular mechanics of injury.
Sports biomechanics research focuses on the effects of fatigue on performance across a wide number of movement skills.
In addition to neuromuscular research, our laboratory has also engaged in the development and validation of equipment and technologies for various companies.
Graduates in biomechanics are successful at being accepted into doctoral programs or finding careers in their area of study.
Our graduates have also been employed in premiere clinical facilities and with industry leading companies manufacturing biomechanical and fitness equipment.
- Have a broad understanding of the scope of biomechanics and its applications.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use and application of biomechanical research tools and techniques.
- Have the ability to synthesize research findings in the field of biomechanics and apply the research process to effectively test hypotheses.
- Be able to clearly summarize and communicate findings from research literature in both an oral and written fashion.
Required courses will prepare you for research and laboratory work in exercise science and biomechanics, including lab techniques specific to the field as well as statistical methods useful in research.
You’ll build upon those core studies with electives ranging from clinical and advanced biomechanics to studies in exercise science and physiology, and resistance training. You’ll also complete a six-credit thesis with guidance from your graduate advisor.
- Core Requirements: 15
- Directed Electives: 6
- Research Requirements: 12
A few of the classes you will take include:
- Mechanical Analysis of Movement
- Laboratory Techniques in Biomechanics
- Motor Control
- Clinical Biomechanics
- Advanced Biomechanics
For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our course catalog.
What Can You Do with a Degree in Biomechanics?
A master’s degree in biomechanics will move you along the path toward doctoral study or a career in clinical, industrial, or academic settings.
Potential job titles also include:
- Gait Lab Manager
- Athletic Shoe Designer
- Motion Analysis Technician
- Orthotist/Prosthetist (may require additional education)
- Instructor of Biomechanics/Kinesiology, Postsecondary
Paying for Your Education
Ready to Apply?
Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.
If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or, if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.