Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the MSAT program, you must apply to both the Graduate College and the Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training.

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.  An individual wishing to become a candidate for the MSAT degree must complete an online Graduate Application ( http://graduate.missouristate.edu/futurestudents/Apply.htm).  In addition, candidates must submit an application to the MSAT program in the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Department (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, BOC certification number or test date).   The Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training will review students with complete application materials for full admission.  Admission of students for the MSAT program is selective and competitive due to limited resources.  Student not accepted into the program may apply for the next application deadline.  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. 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.
  3. BOC certification, eligible for the BOC or an equivalent athletic training credential (e.g., Canadian Certified Athletic Therapist).
  4. Licensure as an Athletic Trainer in good standing in Missouri or eligible for licensure in Missouri.
  5. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university - including a Statistical Methods course (PSY 200 or equivalent).
  6. 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).
  7. Provide evidence of current certification with emergency cardiac care as defined by the BOC.
  8. Applicants must have the capacity for performance of the technical functions and tasks required of an athletic trainer.
  9. Provide evidence of NATA, MAATA, and MoATA memberships.  
  10. The National Athletic Trainers' Association has a Professional Code of Ethical Conduct.  All MSAT students will adhere to this Code and respect the rights and dignity of all individuals.  Additionally, the SMAT Department has an honor code and pledge.  All SMAT students are required to adhere to theis Honor Code.
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.