Overview & Career Outcomes

A master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science can significantly advance your career in various ways. The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science (MS in RS) is a multidisciplinary program designed for health, wellness, and rehabilitation professionals interested in expanded roles in professional practice, and administration, through evidence-based practice. It integrates knowledge from fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology, biomechanics, psychology, and exercise science. Rehabilitation science encompasses a wide range of disciplines related to restoring function, preventing disability, and enhancing quality of life.

Why Choose Our Program?

Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Collaborate with faculty from diverse backgrounds, including physical therapy, kinesiology, and occupational therapy.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills

  • Provides in-depth knowledge of rehabilitation science, including biomechanics, neurorehabilitation, and musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Gain expertise that sets you apart in the field and qualifies you for specialized roles.

Scholarship and Clinical Practice

  • Whether you're inclined toward scholarship, clinical practice, or both, this degree equips you with necessary skills
  • You'll gain expertise in evidence-based practice, research methodologies and innovative approaches

Professional Growth and Leadership

  • Develop problem-solving skills necessary for leadership roles.
  • Assume responsibilities in research, clinical practice, and educational settings.
  • Influence policy and practice within the healthcare system.

Networking and Collaboration

  • Connect with faculty, fellow students, and professionals in the field.
  • Collaborate on research projects and stay updated on industry trends.

Expanded Career Opportunities

  • Clinical Practice: Advance to leadership positions within clinical settings (e.g., hospitals, rehabilitation centers).
  • Research and Academia: Pursue roles in research institutions or as educators in universities.
  • Healthcare Administration: Manage rehabilitation programs and services.

Rehabilitation Science Program Tracks

Students can choose from 2 program tracks during their time at Lasell to meet their professional goals:

  • Applied Track: The applied track is designed to advance the rehabilitation knowledge and skills of students to apply to the work force. Students in this track will complete a capstone project their final semester and complete a project-based field experience.

  • Research Track: The research track is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to proficiently conduct research in the area of rehabilitation and prepare those wishing to pursue a terminal degree. Students choosing this track will engage in a 6-credit Thesis research project in their final semester at Lasell.

Career Outcomes and Settings

A Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science opens up a range of career opportunities. Graduates can work in various settings, contributing to the well-being of individuals with disabilities, injuries, or chronic conditions. Here are some potential career paths and settings:

Career Paths

  • Clinical Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Research Scientist in Rehabilitation Science
  • Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Engineer
  • Healthcare Administrator in Rehabilitation Services
  • Academic Faculty or Educator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Personal Trainer

Career Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Colleges and Universities


The MS in Rehabilitation Science curriculum provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the scientific process and a strong foundation in research experience and methodology, and effective treatment approaches to a rehabilitation science practice. 

This program is a total of 36 credits comprised of 30 required credits (10 courses) and 6 elective credits (2 courses) which can be chosen from any graduate-level course. 

Get information on our Course Schedules.

Advance Kinesiology and Biomechanics
3 credits
3 credits
Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment
3 credits
Rehabilitation Program Design for Human
3 credits
Quantitative & Qualitative Research
3 credits
3 credits
Prof Behaviors & Evidence Based Practice
3 credits
Psyc of Sport, Injury & Rehabilitation
3 credits
Applied Anatomy
3 credits
Technology in Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
3 credits
Rehabilitation Science Residency
3 credits
6 credits


Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University's Rehabilitation Science graduate degree program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

No GMAT/GRE required. 

Admission Requirements Checklist:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts of all college-level coursework
  3. B.A./B.S. in a health-related field from an accredited institution
  4. A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in graduate school
  5. Anatomy & Physiology I and II (8 credits), Kinesiology (3-4 credits), and Statistics (3 credits)
  6. Resume

International Applicants:

This program is not F-1 eligible, international applicants can only be considered for the online curriculum option.

All International applicants need to submit English equivalency from one of the following: TOEFL scores: minimum required score is 80 (iBT) or IELTS, minimum required score is 6.0; or Pearson PTE Academic minimum score is 53; or Duolingo minimum required score is 105. The English equivalency scores may be waived for international applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada.

For additional requirements please visit our International Admission Requirement page.

Materials should be submitted through MyPortal or emailed to gradinfo@lasell.edu:
The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell University
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466

Questions? Call/text us today at 617-243-2400!