Admission Requirements

Admission into the master of athletic training program is selective and competitive. Not all who apply will be accepted.

You must apply to the program via Athletic Training Centralized Application Services (ATCAS).

ATCAS 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 submit 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 an 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) certification.   

Admission requirements

Applicants will be reviewed as received with early admission decisions announced by January 1st for study beginning in June.  Applications will continue to be reviewed in the order received until all programs spots are filled.  To be considered for admission to the Master of Athletic Training program, a prospective student must apply to the program via the Athletic Training Centralized Application Services (ATCAS). Applicants who are accepted into the Master of Athletic Training program will follow the Graduate College’s procedures to activate their MSU student records.

Selection for an interview and final admission decisions will be based on the following:

  1. Submission of an application to ATCAS that must include a personal statement not to exceed three pages; documented evidence of a minimum of 50 hours of observation of athletic trainers in at least two different areas of practice; two letters of recommendation (one letter from an academic source and one from an athletic trainer that supervised the observation hours);
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale;
  3. 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;
  4. 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.
  5. 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 following prerequisites – examples of Missouri State University courses listed below in parentheses - prior to entering the program in the summer:
    • Care and Prevention or Introduction to Sports Medicine: 2-3 hrs. (ATC 220 or 222)
    • English: 6 hrs. (ENG 110 and ENG 201, 221, 310 or 321)
    • College Algebra or higher: 3 hrs. (MTH 135 or higher)
    • Statistics: 3 hrs. (MTH 340, MTH 545, ECO 308, QBA 237, PSY 200, SOC 302 or BIO 550)
    • Physics with lab: 3-4 hrs. (PHY 123);
    • Introductory Chemistry with lab: 4-5 hrs. (CHM 160 and CHM 161)
    • Introductory Psychology: 3 hrs. (PSY 121);
    • General Biology/Biomedical Sciences with lab: 4-5 hrs. (BIO 121 or BMS 110 and 111)
    • Human Anatomy with lab: 4 hrs. (BMS 307)**
    • Human Physiology with lab: 4 hrs. (BMS 308)**

      **If students take a combined course, it must be taken across two semesters for a total of at least 8 credit hours to meet admission criteria; a single combined anatomy and physiology course WILL NOT be accepted.
    • Medical Terminology: 1-3 hrs. (LLT 102)
    • Exercise Physiology: 3-4 hrs. (BMS 567)
    • Biomechanics/Kinesiology: 3-4 hrs. (BMS 450)
    • Nutrition: 3 hrs. (BMS 240)
    • Provide evidence of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification at the Basic Life Support/Professional Rescuer level or beyond.

Once accepted to the program, all students must:

  1. Follow the Graduate College’s procedures to activate their MSU student records.
  2. Provide evidence of current physical examination including a PPD skin test or chest X-ray for tuberculosis. Evidence of appropriate follow up from an individual testing positive for TB must be provided. Matriculating students must also demonstrate evidence of good physical health and have up-to-date immunizations (MMR, tetanus, a complete Hepatitis B series, and any other vaccinations required by clinical sites).
  3. Provide signed technical standard form that documents capacity for performance of the technical functions and tasks required of an athletic trainer.
  4. Initiate and pay for any additional security checks and drug screening required by clinical agencies, professional memberships and licensure, as well as any other cost associated with their program of study. 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 Master of Athletic Training Program Selection Committee. This may result in dismissal from the program.
  5. Provide proof of liability insurance – group rates will be available.
  6. Adhere to the SMAT Code of Honor and the National Athletic Trainers’ Associations Code of Ethics; students will respect the rights and dignity of all individuals.
  7. Enroll on a full-time basis and progress through the program with their class.

Probationary Admission to the Program

Probationary 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 must work with their advisor and the program director to complete the missing requirement(s) by the end of the first summer session.