Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the program, you must apply to both the Graduate College and the athletic training graduate program.

You must be a BOC certified ATC or eligible to sit for the BOC exam to be considered for admission.


Admission requirements

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning December 1st for admission the following fall, and will continue until the class is filled.  To be considered for admission to the MSAT program, a prospective student must apply to both the Graduate College and the Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training graduate program.  See admission processes and requirements in Graduate College section of the Graduate Catalog. 

Full Admission to the MSAT Program

Full admission to the MSAT program will be based on:

  1. Eligible for acceptance into the Graduate College at Missouri State University.
  2. Submission of an application to the graduate program in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (including a resume, cover letter, one page essay addressing applicant's professional career goals and how the MSAT program will help accomplish these goals, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores).
  3. A cumulative GPA of no less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the last 60 hours of college course work attempted.  Consideration may also be given to an applicant whose GPA falls below the minimum if a strong GRE score has been earned or if other evidences of potential for academic success in graduate education can be presented.  Graduate work will be considered on an individual basis.
  4. BOC certification, eligible for the BOC or an equivalent athletic training credential (e.g., Canadian Certified Athletic Therapist).
  5. Licensure as an Athletic Trainer in good standing in Missouri or eligible for licensure in Missouri.
  6. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university - including a Statistical Methods course (PSY 200 or equivalent).
  7. Evidence of current physical examination including a TB skin test or chest X-ray.  Matriculating students must also demonstrate evidence of good physical health and have up-to-date immunizations (MMR, tetanus, and a complete Hepatitis B series).
  8. Provide evidence of current professional liability insurance.  This is required IF a student is practicing as an ATC while in school and is NOT covered by an employer's liability insurance.  Provide evidence of current Professional Rescuer and AED certification.
  9. Applicants must have the capacity for performance of the technical functions and tasks required of an athletic trainer.
  10. Students will be required to initiate and pay for any additional security checks and drug screening IF required by clinical agencies.  Students must submit drug screening test and a criminal record check and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMO or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as an Athletic Trainer.  Students who fail these checks or procedures will be subject to further review by the Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training.  This may result in dismissal from the MSAT program.  Students will also be required to pay for professional memberships and licensure, as well as any other cost associated with their program of study.
  11. The National Athletic Trainers' Association has a Professional Code of Ethical Conduct.  All athletic training students will adhere to this Code and respect the rights and dignity of all individuals.

Students with complete application materials for full admission will be reviewed by the Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training.  Selection of students for the MSAT program is selective and competitive due to limited resources.  Students who are not accepted into the program may apply for the next application deadline.

Probational Admission to the Program

Probational admission may be granted to an applicant that does not meet one or more of the above program admission requirements.

  1. During the probationary period, the student shall receive no course grade lower than a B for the first nine hours of graduate course work attempted.
  2. Students admitted that have not passed the BOC examination and earned the ATC credentials are considered a probational admission candidate and have one semester to earn the ATC credentials.  Students that are not successful on the BOC examination within the first semester of the program will be dismissed.  Students not BOC certified will NOT be eligible for a graduate assistant position or any other employment opportunities that require BOC certification.