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
|University of Washington||Seattle, WA||4-year, public||Fellowship||In-state: $15,207
|University of California - Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, public||Fellowship||In-state: $11,220
|University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, public||Master's, PhD||In-state: $21,260
|University of Connecticut||Storrs, CT||4-year, public||Fellowship||In-state: $13,026
|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.