Master's Degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics - Degree Requirement

The Master's degree requires the successful completion of 36 credits of coursework. The ERBI courses will begin with an emphasis on theory and concepts, and then progress to practical application. Students will also be trained in sound methodological research skills and the ability to critically assess peer reviewed research publications. Courses taken each semester will be determined by the student’s status as part time or full time.

The Master's degree, a two track program, requires the successful completion of 32 core credits and completion of 4 credits based on one of the two tracks. The two tracks have been developed to make our students more marketable in the workforce. During the first semester, each student will choose one of the following tracks:

Track A: This will require the completion of a 4 credit Master’s Thesis. Students pursuing a career in research and academia will benefit from this track. While completing Track A our faculty will highlight research methodologies commonly used in the field. Students will choose a Research Master’s Thesis laboratory project or Library Master's Thesis that will be presented in the appropriate scientific format and is a culmination of the work the student has done. The Graduate Steering Committee will assign faculty advisors based on the students’ interests. Two faculty advisors will be assigned to guide the student through this experience. One faculty member will serve as the Master’s Thesis Research Advisor and a second faculty member will approve the final thesis.

Track B: This will require the completion of 4 credits of coursework plus a Qualifying Exam. Students seeking a career in an applied field will benefit from this track. The student will be assigned one or more research advisors with expertise related to the student's interests and career goals. The student may choose a course within or outside of ERBI that addresses their unique interest. This allows students to broaden their exposure to topics related to, but not taught within the core ERBI courses. All courses must be pre-approved by the ERBI faculty. Once the student has chosen this track, the faculty advisors will meet with the student to explore their interests and long term objectives. Based on this, a reading list will be developed and given to the student a minimum of four weeks prior to the qualifying exam. There will be three essay questions based on the content of all course material and the reading list.

For more information contact:

Shira Schecter-Weiner, PT, PhD

Ali Sheikhzadeh, PhD: 212-652-1934