How to Apply

CAATE Accredited Program logoThe program received 10 years of continuing accreditation from the CAATE as a professional Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) during its last comprehensive review during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Application Deadline

There is a rolling application deadline. Review of completed applications will begin on November 1. The program will continue to review applications as program space permits until May 1.

Program Start Date

  • All accepted students begin the program at the same time (mid June) as per the program curriculum.
  • Please note that the first two courses for each new cohort begin mid-June with an online course for HP 606 and a hybrid course (majority online with a 2-week on-campus lab in July) for HP 607.

Application Information

  • Students applying for admission to the Athletic Training program must apply via ATCAS. Please review the Program Admission Requirements and Prerequisites in order to assure you have completed OR are in the process (i.e. currently completing) the prerequisite requirements at the time of application.
  • For Minnesota State University, Mankato undergraduate students who are also pre-Athletic Training (AT), please review your MavPlan and check with your advisor to ensure you are on track. 
  • International students please see the Kearney International Center web site for general information and for cost and scholarship information
  • For application questions please contact Dr. Theresa Skrien


ATCAS Students Apply Now logoYou may use the ATCAS (Athletic Training Centralized Application Service). This service allows you to use a web-based process to apply to multiple (including Minnesota State University, Mankato) athletic training programs around the country at the same time. There is a fee (charged by ATCAS) for this application service.


The following forms will be necessary following admission to the program:

Licensing in Athletic Training

Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of athletic training (CA does not regulate athletic training). Regulatory information across all states can be found in the State Regulation component of the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer website. Individuals must be legally credentialed by the appropriate state agency prior to practicing athletic training.

Graduates of the CAATE-accredited M.S. in Athletic Training program at Minnesota State Mankato are eligible for the Board of Certification Examination. Successful completion of the Board of Certification Examination is recognized by all athletic trainer state regulatory agencies as meeting their credentialing examination requirements.

Individual state regulatory agencies may require additional administrative items (background checks, fees, letters of reference, forms, etc.) beyond the successful completion of the Board of Certification Examination. The responsibility of completing those steps are the responsibility of the applicant, not the Minnesota State University M.S. in Athletic Training degree program. Compliance with state regulatory requirements is the only legal avenue to practice athletic training in those jurisdictions that regulate the profession.