Athletic Training MSAT Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program are described below. If you meet the admission requirements, please complete and submit an application through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS), an online application service.

Bachelor's degree

To be considered for admission, you must have completed or be in the final stages of completing your bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or appropriate international institution.

Minimum grade point average (GPA)

An overall GPA of 2.7 or higher is required at the time of application. Prerequisite GPA requirements include:

  • A GPA of 2.7 or higher in the following prerequisite courses: nutrition, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, public health, and psychology.
  • A grade of 2.0 (C) or higher in each of the following prerequisite courses: biology, chemistry, exercise physiology, physics, developmental psychology, and statists.

Prerequisite course requirements

At the time you apply for admission to the MSAT program, you must have completed the prerequisite courses listed below. When completing the application, you can have no more than two outstanding prerequisite courses. Outstanding prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the MSAT program. 

You will need a GPA of 2.7 or higher in the following prerequisite courses:

PrerequisitesCMU Equivalent
NutritionNDS 370
AnatomyHSC 214
PhysiologyHSC 215
BiomechanicsHSC 212 or 216
Public HealthHSC 317
PsychologyPSY 100

You will need a grade of 2.0 (C) or higher in each of the following prerequisite courses:

PrerequisitesCMU Equivalent
BiologyBIO 101
ChemistryCHM 120 and 127 OR CHM 131
Exercise PhysiologyHSC 308
PhysicsPHY 100 OR PHY 130
Developmental PsychologyPSY 220
StatisticsSTA 282QR

Professional recommendations

Two professional recommendations are required.  Both professional recommendations are completed in the ATCAS application. One professional recommendation must be completed by an athletic trainer with whom clinical observation hours were obtained. One professional recommendation must be completed by an instructor or professor.

Clinical observation hours

A minimum of 60 clinical observation hours is required for admittance into the MSAT program. These clinical observation hours can include volunteer work in a clinical setting, observation hours, or work experience with an athletic trainer.  The verification form must be completed to confirm the 60 hours of clinical observation


    Once applications are received, the athletic training faculty will review each applicant's materials and select candidates for a formal interview. Interviews will be held virtually or face-to-face between February 15th and March 1st.

    Technical standards

    All candidates interviewing for admission and students admitted into our MSAT program are expected to demonstrate the attributes and meet the expectations listed in the technical standards. These technical standards are required for admission and must be maintained throughout a student's participation in the program.