Physical Therapists (MA)

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Program Description

The Master of Arts in Physical Therapists offers a concentration in the kinesiology of persons with disabilities prepares physical therapists for advanced practice, clinical research, and teaching. Students develop competent clinical research skills to examine motor control problems in individuals with physical disabilities. This 34-credit concentration gives students expertise in the analysis and synthesis of human motion, measurement and evaluation of human motion, and research design and implementation. Students study both normal and abnormal human motion. Electro-goniometry, electromyography, dynamometry, and cinematography are used to illustrate the most advanced theories and techniques for measurement and evaluation of human motion. Coursework and independent study enhance capacities for scientific thought and develop skills in research methodology and data analysis.

Special Opportunities

Opportunities exist for graduate students to perform instruction in portions of the basic professional courses under the supervision of full-time faculty. These teaching experiences may be formulated on an individual basis by the student’s adviser.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program work as clinical researchers, teachers, administrators, and clinicians in a variety of settings.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.