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Rehabilitation health science is a multidisciplinary field that encompasses many facets of health care aimed at understanding movement disorders and improving function. Marquette’s Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Science program includes special emphasis on rehabilitation, exercise physiology, sports medicine, pathokinesiology, neuroscience and community wellness.

Marquette’s CTRH program is based in the College of Health Sciences’ highly competitive Department of Physical Therapy, which ranks in the top 10 percent of the more than 200 accredited physical therapy programs nationwide.


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The Program

The Master of Science in CTRH is a two-year, intensive program focused on enhancing the knowledge base in rehabilitation science with thesis and non-thesis options. The core curriculum in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, rehabilitation science, statistics and advanced electives prepares students for careers in this rapidly developing and exciting field.

Students gain research experience in the Exercise, Rehabilitation and Movement Disorders Research Complex that is comprised of three major laboratories: exercise physiology, motion analysis and biomechanics, and strength and conditioning. Research includes the use of EMG, motion analysis, biomechanics, isokinetic dynamometry, fMRI, body composition, bone mineral density, diagnostic ultrasound, and acute and chronic exercise training to explore mechanisms of dysfunction and develop theories for restoring function in people with movement disorders.

Movement disorders cross age, gender and all ethnic boundaries and include populations with multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cancer survivors, pediatric obesity, cardiovascular diseases and chronic pain syndromes. Weekly seminars expose students to contemporary research and clinical problems in rehabilitation research.

Students are also engaged in community-based projects. Students interested in the non-thesis project option benefit from departmental interests in pediatric obesity, community wellness in underserved populations, strength and conditioning in geriatric and other special populations (such as cancer and multiple sclerosis patients) and elite athlete populations, among other topics.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin is a major partner with Marquette’s CTRH program. Marquette’s participation in this consortium expands opportunities for academic, medical and clinical research within Milwaukee.

Master's Thesis

Thesis and non-thesis tracks are available. To complete the program, master's degree candidates must successfully defend a thesis research project or scholarly paper (non-thesis track) in their second year.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the program after completion of a bachelor’s degree in a science or athletic training major with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Current Marquette exercise science and athletic training students with a 3.0 GPA or better may apply for the accelerated degree program during their junior year for admission into the master’s program for their senior year.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the CTRH MS program will be able to:

Application Information

Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. Admission is on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Students must apply online through Marquette’s Graduate School. The application fee is $50.

For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Lukaszewicz, assistant director of graduate studies, at (414) 288-3382 or

Learn more about the CTRH doctoral program.



Contact Marquette's Physical Therapy Program

Email the department
Marquette University Program in Physical Therapy
Schroeder Complex, 346
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-7161
Fax: (414) 288-5987