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Please Note: The current undergraduate Athletic Training program has transitioned to a masters degree and is no longer accepting undergraduate students. Application deadline (application review/admission is rolling and begins on March 1st (early review will begin February 1st for completed applications).  Please note that the first two courses for each new cohort begin the second summer session with an online course for HP 606 and a hybrid course (majority online with one week of labs on campus) for HP 607.  Expect the same high quality educational experience from a program that has been in existance since 1969...but now at the masters level! Our transition from undergraduate to graduate is in line with the profession's (via the National Athletic Trainers' Association [NATA], the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE], the Board of Certification [BOC], and the NATA Research and Education Foundation) recent announcement that by 2022 entry into the profession of athletic training will required a masters degree from a CAATE professional program at the masters level ([PDF] Click Here for Official Announcement (418 KiB))



Graduate Program Admission Information

Students applying for admission to the Athletic Training Graduate program must apply to the College of Graduate Studies and Research AND to the Athletic Training program. Due to changes in the University computer system you will NOT BE required to apply to the College of Graduate Studies and Research until AFTER you have been accepted into the program.  Please review the program admission requirements/prerequisites to assure you have completed or are in the process (i.e. currently completing) the prerequisites.

Step 1:

The candidate has multiple methods available to apply for the Minnesota State University (MSU) Master of Science in Athletic Training program (either through the ATCAS system or via the program's online application process.  Regardless of the program application method chosen for the program each applicant must also apply to the MSU College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR). ´╗┐Apply online to the College of Graduate Studies and Research ($40 application fee). Applicants must be accepted into both the program and the CGSR as these are two seperate processes and the admission requirements for the CGSR can be found HERE. Note that the athletic training program admission requirements surpass the CGSR so if the student meets the athletic training program requirements they will also meet the CGSR admission requirements.

Step 2:

The candidate has multiple methods available to apply for the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program. Please select one of the following methods for your application:

Method 1: The applicant may use the ATCAS (Athletic Training Centralized Application Service). This service allows the applicant to use a web-based process to apply to multiple (including MSU) athletic training programs around the country at the same time. There is a fee (charged by ATCAS, not MSU) for this application service.

Method 2 (note that this application route may be closing for the 2017-18 cycle, contact the program director with questions): The applicant may apply directly to the MSU Athletic Training Program online via this web site.  Please complete all required fields and upload the required forms (see links below) and documentation (e.g transcripts, CPR/AED certification, etc).  In addition, the applicant must send their references to the recommendation page so they may complete and upload references for the applicant.  Please see the instructions on the program application web site. There is no fee for this service.

Application Forms (Download, save, and upload via ATCAS or directly to the MSU application portal)

  1. Please download, complete, and save the [PDF] Recommendation and Evaluation Form (259 KiB) (PDF format)..  
  2. Please download the [PDF] Observation Record and Evaluation Form (374 KiB) (PDF format).
  3. Please download the [PDF] Program Application Form and Checklist (282 KiB)(PDF format) or [DOC] Program Application Form and Checklist (288 KiB) (Word format*)

*Note: We suggest usig the .PDF format however when using this Microsoft Word format please instruct your references, as well as yourself, to open the form, click the “View” tab and then click “Edit Document” in order to complete the form.

For application questions please contact Dr. Patrick Sexton or Dr. Theresa Mackey

Clinical Experience Requirements following admission to the program.

Graduate requirements for degree completion may be locater HERE