Sports Medicine Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Medical doctors interested in treating athletes or individuals with musculoskeletal injuries typically apply to 1-year sports medicine fellowships after completing their residencies. Once admitted, fellows can choose between primary care sports medicine and surgical sports medicine.

There are no designated sports medicine graduate schools that confer degrees in the field; sports medicine is a medical subspecialty that is pursued by medical doctors once they have earned their Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and completed a residency training program. Sports medicine tracks often come in the form of a fellowship; graduate degree programs in related fields, such as movement science, are available.

10 Schools with a Sports Medicine Program

These ten schools offer either sports medicine fellowships as part of a Doctor of Medicine program or graduate degrees in related fields, such as rehabilitation science or movement science:

College/University Location Institution Type Program Offered Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, public Master's, PhD, certificate In-state: $20,638
Out-of-state $41,688
University of Washington Seattle, WA 4-year, public Fellowship In-state: $15,207
Out-of-state: $27,255
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4-year, public Fellowship In-state: $11,220
Out-of-state: $26,322
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, public Master's, PhD In-state: $21,260
Out-of-state: $34,944
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 4-year, public Fellowship In-state: $13,026
Out-of-state: $33,812
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, private not-for-profit Fellowship $45,729
Emory University Atlanta, GA 4-year, private not-for-profit Fellowship $38,800
University of Rochester Rochester, NY 4-year, private not-for-profit Fellowship $35,568
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC 4-year, private not-for-profit Fellowship $36,420
Rush University Chicago, IL 4-year, private not-for-profit Fellowship $32,608

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Choosing a sports medicine fellowship depends largely on the type of sports medicine career a medical graduate seeks. Prospective sports medicine graduate students should consider the following:

  • Two sports medicine fellowship options are available - surgical sports medicine, which is designed for orthopedic surgeons entering the field, and non-surgical primary care sports medicine which is for medical graduates who have completed a 3-year residency in family, internal, rehabilitation, pediatric or emergency medicine.
  • Look for programs that complement your medical residency training and build upon your specialty.
  • Consult with your program of choice to ensure that they will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience relevant to your field.

When choosing a school at which to complete a sports medicine fellowship or related degree, students should consider which sub-area of sports medicine they're most interested in, whether or not their residency training will be fostered and if they'll have proper experiential learning.

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