Degree Offered:
Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Biomechanics and Motor Control

Teaching assistants contribute 20 hour per week towards teaching and laboratory research.

Each student in the M.S. program works with a primary faculty mentor but also has opportunities to work with other biomechanics/ motor control researchers in kinesiology, physical therapy, athletic training, and engineering. There are presently 14 M.S. and 4 Ph.D. students in the program.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. A baccalaureate degree in a related field from an institution accredited by a regional association.
2. A grade point average of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work or a grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in either the undergraduate major work or work taken during the senior year.
3. Satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Generally minimum requirements are a combined score (i.e., verbal and quantitative) of around 300 on the GRE. However students with outstanding applications in other areas can be considered with lower GRE scores.
4. Students, whose first language is not English, must receive an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
5. Applications are welcome from students with diverse academic backgrounds. However, students whose undergraduate preparation lacks essential prerequisite coursework or whose baccalaureate degree is in a non-related field may have additional requirements.

Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills are required.

Please visit the following website to apply to the program:

and complete the department assistantship application found here:

To receive full consideration for assistantships, applications should be completed by February 1st. However, we will continue our search until suitable candidates are found. Outstanding students will also be considered for a graduate scholar award. This award will provide an additional $4000 per year on top of the assistantship.

For more information please email or see our webpage:

Possible faculty mentors:

Zachary Domire, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
332A Ward Sports Medicine Building
(252) 737 - 4564

Dr. Domire is the director of the Performance Optimization Laboratory. He completed his graduate training at The Pennsylvania State University and post graduate training at The Mayo Clinic. He has published research on musculoskeletal simulation, orthopedics, and magnetic resonance elastography. His current research interests include: examining the effects of age related changes in muscle material properties on muscle function, improving musculoskeletal simulations, subject specific foot modeling, balance as an assessment of concussion recovery, and prevention of soft tissue injuries.

Anthony S. Kulas PhD, LAT, ATC
Associate Professor
Department of Health Education & Promotion
249 Ward Sports Medicine Building
East Carolina University

Dr. Kulas completed his graduate training at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has published research on biomechanical factors affecting ACL loads and injury risk, and hamstring muscle function. His current research interests include: mechanisms that mitigate hamstring injury and re-injury risk, improving ACL outcomes post reconstruction, and subject-specific musculoskeletal modeling to estimate knee muscle and ligament loads.

Nicholas Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
166 Minges Colesium Exercise and Sport Science

Dr. Murray is the Director of the Visual Motor Laboratory. He completed his Ph.D. training at The University of Florida. His current publications include topics such as visual motor control, EEG, and the influence of cognitive effort within motor function. His primary research interest is to determine antecedents and consequences of an individualís ability to function in dynamic situations based on the physiological changes that can either facilitate or debilitate motor control.

Patrick Rider MS, MS
Department of Kinesiology
360 Ward Sports Medicine Building
East Carolina University

Mr. Rider has a MS degree in Biomechanics and a MS in Software Engineering, both from East Carolina University. His research interests include Sports Performance Biomechanics, Locomotion Biomechanics, Injury Biomechanics, and technological applications in biomechanics. He is currently investigating landing mechanics in soccer players, weightlifting mechanical differences between novice and experienced athletes, and factors related to baseball hitting mechanics, and VR applications in Biomechanics.

Chris Mizelle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology

Dr. Mizelle completed his graduate training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and post-graduate training at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published research in the areas of sensorimotor integration and motor control and uses neuroimaging techniques to study these topics. His current research interests include: examining the effects of age-related changes on cognitive motor control, the effects of sensory function and hand dominance in motor control and brain strategies for moving in 2-D and 3-D virtual environments.

Paul DeVita, Ph.D.
Leroy T. Walker Distinguished Professor
Department of Kinesiology
332B Ward Sports Medicine Building
(252) 737 - 4563

Dr. DeVita has extensive experience mentoring Masterís students and in placing them in Biomechanics positions after graduation. He has numerous publications in human locomotion investigating clinical issues of osteoarthritis, obesity, and aging and he investigates other issues related to walking and running gaits. Dr. DeVita will support one or more M.S. students with interest in locomotion science as research assistants. His research can be seen at

About ECU and Greenville:
East Carolina University was founded in 1907 and is home to nearly 29,000 students. The University is one of the largest in the University of North Carolina system and is rapidly growing.

The Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina has over 100 graduate students. The National Academy of Kinesiology has consistently ranked East Carolinaís Bioenergetics and Exercise Science Program among the top programs in the nation.

Greenville is located nearly in the middle between Raleigh NC and the Atlantic coast.
The city of Greenville has a population of approximately 90,000 people. Greenville has a relatively mild climate (average summer temperature - 84oF; average winter temperature - 44o F) and will experience all four seasons. Greenville has a cost of living approximately 10% lower than the US average.

For additional information please email me at or visit the following websites.

ECU homepage:
Graduate program in Biomechanics and Motor Control:
Biomechanics and Motor Control Facebook page:
Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University:
Graduate School at East Carolina University:
National Academy of Kinesiology Program Results:
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