USC  Sports Science

The University of Southern California’s Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy now offers a Master of Science in Biokinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Science

 
 
 
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Our Program

Master of Science in Biokinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Science curriculum provides students with a solid understanding of physiological, biomechanical and neurological basis of movement while giving students the advanced skills necessary to excel in a specialized area related to sport and exercise.

Graduates will have a theoretical and practical understanding of the concepts and tools used in sports performance assessment and interpretation with respect to injury, injury risk and optimal performance. They will  apply this knowledge to practical settings and to communicate with members of multi-disciplinary teams focused on athlete performance and well-being.

MS-Sports Science students will be able conceptualize all aspects of experimental design across several levels of analysis and will conduct sports related research. 

 

 
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Why Should I Come to USC?

The Master of Science in Biokinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Science prepares graduates to become a member of a multi-disciplinary team for athlete performance and well-being working in athletics, industry and academics.  

Our community partners provide students with opportunities to learn in professional and collegiate team settings, sports performance centers and sports technology companies.

 
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Metabolic testing

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Biomechanical testing

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Force plate testing

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Player tracking devices

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Portable metabolic testing

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Player tracking

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Exercise prescription

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Body COMposition

 
 

Prerequisites

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher with a science major or equivalent.  Courses completed at the time of application must include work in chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology (with appropriate laboratory study).

 

Course work in anatomy, physiology, calculus, histology, kinesiology, trigonometry, analytical geometry, exercise physiology and biochemistry is highly recommended. Candidates should have some degree of computer literacy.

Those interested in the field of data analytics should have completed coursework in statistics, calculus, linear algebra and have some knowledge of basic programming language.

 
 

International applicants will be considered on a special evaluation of credentials. Students deficient in certain prerequisites may be admitted subject to completion of requirements within two years after admission. 

 
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Curriculum

            32 units are required

            Required Courses (22 units)

            Elective CourseS (8 units)

            Summative Research Experience (2 units)

 

Required courses

The required courses ensure that graduates are 1) conversant in physiological, biomechanical and neurological basis of movement, 2) able to conceptualize all aspects of experimental design across several levels of analysis and 3) are able to apply conceptual principles to practical settings.

BKN 550        Neurobehavioral basis of movement (4 units)

BKN 551        Musculoskeletal and biomechanical basis of movement (4 units)

BKN 552        Physiological basis of voluntary movement (4 units)

BKN 553        Experimental methods for the study of human movement (4 units)

BKN 600        Sports Science internship (2 units)

PM 510           Principles of biostatistics (4 units)

BKN 590        Directed research~ Summative Research Experience (2 units)

 

Electives

Elective courses give students advanced skills necessary to excel in a specialized area related to sport and exercise. The following are examples of electives offered in the program.

BKN611: Technology in Sport: Physiological Assessments

BKN610: Technology in Sport: Field Assessment of Athlete Performance

BKN599: Technology in Sport: Biomechanical Assessments

BKN630: Resistance Training Techniques for High Performance Athletes

BKN599: Advanced Data Analysis for Movement Science

BKN563: Biomechanics of Human Motion

* Electives in relevant course offered in Marshall School of Business, Dornsife’s Departments of Biology and Psychology may apply toward degree.

 

Summative Research Experience

There is no Division requirement for a Master’s thesis or Comprehensive Examination. Instead, students are required to complete a summative research experience. The culminating event of the summative research experience can include, but is not limited to, the following: 1) Poster presentation at the Division Research Day or at a state or national conference, or 2) Oral presentation at Division Seminar or at a state or national conference.

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Application 

Application deadline for the MS program Sports Science emphasis is November 1st For admission In the fall

 

The application process for the M.S. Program involves the following components

1. USC GRADUATE ADMISSION APPLICATION
        Complete a USC Graduate Application on-line.
 

2. GENERAL GRADUATE RECORD EXAM (GRE)
        Applicants should score at least 160 on the verbal section and
        150 on the quantitative section of the GRE.

3.  TOEFL EXAM
        
Toefl exam is required for International Applicants only.

4. TRANSCRIPTS

5. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

6. RECOMMENDATIONS
       Applicants are required to submit three letters of
       recommendation.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule a visit email info@sportscience.usc.edu

Visit the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy website for more information regarding the Biokinesiology graduate and research programs.