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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Admission Requirements

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Master of Science Professional (entry-level) Degree in Athletic Training

Minimum Application Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in related area (e.g. exercise science, biology, chemistry, physical education, health, etc.)
  • “C” or better in all required pre-requisite courses (below)
  • 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA (Please see College of Graduate Studies and research link Courses and Scholastic Standards)
  • Current certification in Emergency Cardiac Care requirements as described by the Board of certification (BOC) HERE acceptable courses [JPG] include (75 KiB).
  • Completed program application either through ATCAS or online directly to the program
  • *Completed/signed Technical Standards for athletic training document [PDF] (Technical Standards) (39 KiB)
  • *Completed/signed statement of understanding and agreement of Program Policies*
  • Documented observation hours under the direct supervision of any licensed/registered/certified Athletic Trainer. A maximum of 100 observation hours will count toward program application. NOTE: If you are on campus currently please contact Dr. Theresa Mackey for help setting up observation hours. 
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or major faculty member indicating potential for graduate study. 
  • *Criminal Background check[PDF] (Criminal Background Check Policy) (91 KiB)
  • *Completed immunization and health history form (As a health care provider documentation of the following immunizations are required MMR, Tdap, TB screening (Mantoux), Hep B and varicella (chicken pox)* [PDF] Immunization Form (17 KiB)
  • Completed interview (face-to-face or virtual)
  • *Denotes items to be completed/documented following acceptance into program, full final acceptance into the program is upon completing/passing these items.

The following courses are required as prerequisite courses from the student's undergraduate/graduate education:

  • Human Anatomy with laboratory
  • Human Physiology with laboratory or Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs 
  • Structural and Biomechanical Kinesiology (combined or separate courses at the 300+ level)
  • or 200 level (or higher) physics course may substitute for the biomechanics course
  • Athletic Training/Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries course
  • Exercise Physiology course
  • Statistics or Tests and Measurements course
  • General Nutrition course
  • General Psychology course
  • Current certification in emergency care which includes: Adult & Pediatric CPR, AED, 2nd Rescuer CPR, Airway Obstruction, and Barrier Devices (e.g., pocket mask, bag valve mask) 
  • Chemistry course (with lab) beyond introductory chemistry

Preferred Pre-Requisite Courses:

  • Medical Terminology course
  • Physics course
  • Personal Health

** Note: Application requirements/prerequisites should be completed or in-process at the time of application. On final acceptance final official transcripts will be required by the College of Graduate Studies and research in order to document completion. Please also note that the program will not pre-evaluate transcripts in order to determine which prerequiisite courses a potential applicant has/has not however if the potential candidate has specific questions about a course(s) please contact the program director Dr. Patrick Sexton at 

Applicants to the MSAT program who are current of former MSU students may [PDF] click here (125 KiB) in order to see the same prerequisite requirements but with coresponding MSU courses listed next to the prerequisite.

International applicants will also be required to meet the Department of Human Performance minimal internet TOEFL score of 80 or the equivalent academic  IELTS overall of 6.5. 

International applicants should also visit the International Student & Scholar Services web site for additional services and requirements for international students such as university admission, immigration advising, forms, required health insurance, etc.

Retention Requirements following admission follow the College of Graduate Studies and Research and may be found here.