The BSAT degree is transitioning to a professional master's degree 

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BSAT) degree is transitioning to a professional Master of Athletic Training degree.  Students completing the BSAT pre-admission requirements during the 2017-2018 academic year will be the final class eligible for the BSAT degree. 

The Master of Athletic Training degree is a professional degree designed to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers and function as health care providers within an evolving health care delivery system.   Those accepted will begin the program in June 2018.  The program takes two years (six semesters) to complete.  

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Admission Requirements

Full admission to the program is selective and competitive. Not all who apply will be accepted.

  • Submission of an application to ATCAS that must include a personal statement not to exceed three pages.
  • Transcript verification that the following prerequisite coursework has been completed at the college level:
    • Care and Prevention or Introduction to Sports Medicine (2-3 credit hours)
    • English (6 credit hours)
    • College Algebra or higher (3 credit hours)
    • Statistics (3 credit hours)
    • Physics with lab (3-4 credit hours)
    • Introductory Chemistry with lab (4-5 credit hours)
    • Introductory Psychology (3 credit hours)
    • General Biology/Biomedical Sciences with lab (4-5 credit hours)
    • Human Anatomy with lab (4 credit hours)
    • Human Physiology with lab (4 credit hours)
    • Medical Terminology (1-3 credit hours)
    • Exercise Physiology (3-4 credit hours)
    • Biomechanics or Kinesiology (3-4 credit hours)
    • Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one letter from an academic source and one from an athletic trainer that supervised the observation hours).
  • Documented evidence of a minimum of 50 hours of observation of athletic trainers in at least two different areas of practice.
  • Evidence of current Emergency Cardiac Care certification from an acceptable ECC provider.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years prior to application with a preferred minimum score of 153 in verbal reasoning, 150 in quantitative reasoning and 3.5 in analytical writing.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English and do not have a U.S. degree are required to have a score on the TOEFL of 79 or higher (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.  The requirement for a TOEFL or IELTS score may be waived for applicants who meet one of the following: (i) are native English speakers or (ii) have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation. The undergraduate major may be in any field, but students must complete the listed prerequisites prior to entering the program in the summer.

Ready to apply?

Applications for the 2018 cohort open on October 1.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials as soon as possible.  Applications will remain open until the cohort is filled.  Review of applications will begin January 1.  

Application Checklist

  1. Create an account in ATCAS.  Follow ATCAS directions to complete the application.

  2. Submit official transcripts.  To verify completion of prerequisite courses and a bachelor's degree, submit transcripts to ATCAS using the Transcript Request Form.  If you have not completed your bachelor's degree or all prerequisite courses at the time you apply, you will be able to sumbit final verification later. Transcripts should be mailed to:  ATCAS, P.O. Box 9132, Watertown, MA 02471.                                                                  

  3. Provide course description for all prerequisite courses.  Upload course descriptions using ATCAS.  Include your plan for completing any courses in progress at the time of application.

  4. Request two letters of recommendation (one letter from an academic source and one from am athletic trainer that supervised the observation hours). 

  5. Complete the support information section in ATCAS.  This includes documented evidence of observation hours, experiences, achievements, and evidence of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certifcation.   

  6. Submit official, original GRE scores via ATCAS using Missouri State University's ATCAS code: 2454



CAATE Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education certifies that Missouri State University's BSAT has completed a comprehensive accreditation review and demonstrated compliance with the nationally established Standards. The next comprehensive review will occur in academic year 2022-2023. MSU is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree. MSU will no longer accept students into the BSAT after spring 2018. The last BSAT undergraduate cohort is expected to graduate in May 2021.