M.S. in Athletic Training
The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a competitive entry CAATE accredited professional level program. The MSAT program is for students who wish to pursue athletic training credentials by the Board of Certification (BOC) and pursue a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).
Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data is for informed decision-making by prospective students, as well as others.
Texas A&M University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd. Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184.
In 2018, the program was granted 10 years of Continuing Accreditation.
- Faculty and preceptors dedicated to student success;
- Small class sizes to allow individualized instruction and career planning;
- An opportunity to work with elite and Olympic caliber Division I SEC athletes;
- State of the art athletic training facilities;
- Robust Aggie athletic training alumni network to assist with job seeking and mentoring;
- Performance and manual therapy course with tool-assisted certification;
- Excellent BOC pass rates and employment;
- Cadaveric Anatomy experience in premier gross anatomy lab in College of Medicine;
- Clinical skill development in high fidelity simulation laboratory at Health Science Center;
- Clinical research opportunities.
Students have two options to pursue the MSAT:
Dual degree 3+2 program for incoming first-year students (freshmen).
Students complete a B.S. in Kinesiology and an M.S. in Athletic Training in 5 years. Prospective students interested in this option will apply to Texas A&M as an undergraduate Kinesiology (Applied Ex Phys option) student. If accepted, during the New Student Conference, students will declare interest in pursuing the dual degree program. They will then be placed with an undergraduate advisor for athletic training who will change students’ program option to the 3+2 and advise accordingly.
Note: If you are a current undergraduate student, it is likely that you will need to pursue the 4+2 option. You will complete an undergraduate degree in your choice of major (Kinesiology and Exercise Science are common but not required) and apply to the MSAT program. You should contact an undergraduate academic advisor to help you determine your options.
Admission to the MSAT Program is selective and competitive with 16 students accepted each year. Students must meet all general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN) and the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. Acceptance by the Graduate School does not guarantee acceptance into the MSAT Program.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework (a lower GPA may be considered and weighted according to grades in major coursework, GPA last 60 hours, experience, GRE scores, undergraduate program, etc.). Note: Applicants in the 5 year dual degree BS/MS option, must achieve a 3.25 GPA to meet the Graduate School requirement allowing undergraduate students to use graduate coursework to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements.
- Minimum GRE scores greater than or equal to 145 quantitative, 150 verbal and 3.5 writing (a lower GRE may be considered and weighted according to GPA, grades in major coursework, experience, undergraduate program, etc.).
- Applicants must have completed a minimum of 50 observation hours with a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). It is in the best interest of the applicant to complete greater clock hours of experience which may strengthen an application.
- Minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in required prerequisite courses or equivalents. Note: Applicants in the 5 year dual degree BS/MS option must also earn a “B” (3.0) in Field Experience in Athletic Training courses (ATTR 201, 202, 301, 302).
|REQUIRED PREREQUISITE COURSES||ADDITIONAL INFORMATION||TEXAS A&M COURSE|
|Chemistry & Lab
3-4 credit hours
|Two-semester sequence with lab is recommended||CHEM 101 or CHEM 111|
|Physics & Lab
3-4 credit hours
|Two-semester sequence with lab is recommended||PHYS 201|
|Human Anatomy & Lab
3-4 credit hours
|When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet the requirements (A&PI, A&P II)||BIOL 319|
|Human Physiology & Lab
3-4 credit hours
|When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet the requirements (A&PI, A&P II)||BIOL 320|
credit hours vary
|Personal Health and Wellness
credit hours vary
credit hours vary
3-4 credit hours
3-4 credit hours
|Introduction to Psychology or Sport and Exercise Psychology
3-4 credit hours
|PSYC 107 or KINE/PSYC 304|
|*Biology/Biology I (this course will be required for the 2020-2021 incoming class)
3-4 credit hours
|Two-semester sequence with lab is recommended||BIOL 111|
The programs begins the last week of June, each year. Applying to the Masters of Science in Athletic Training is a two part process, details below:
- Early Admission Window: Sept. 1 to Oct. 15
- Individuals not selected for early admission or with incomplete applications will be re-considered with regular admission applicants. (Note: Applicants in the dual degree BS/MS option, can not apply during eary admission window.)
- Regular Admission Deadline: January 15 (Late admissions may be accepted if there are stll seats available. Contact Dr. Lori Greenwood to determine availability past the deadline.)
- Review Process:
- A 4-5 member MSAT Admissions Committee will begin application review after stated deadlines.
- Applicants are contacted 2-4 weeks after the deadline about their admission status.
- Should space become available, qualified applicants not admitted to the program will be placed on an alternate list and contacted before June 1.
- Applicants should be available for an interview upon request which may take place in person, phone or via a conference call.
Part I: Application to Texas A&M University
Complete an online application for graduate school admission for Athletic Training (M.S.). The application form is available online at applytexas.org.
Include the following items:
1. An application fee which can be paid online;
2. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission. The TAMU GRE submission code is 6003. If your GRE scores are more than 5 years old, they are not considered valid.
3. Official transcripts from all previous and/or current institutions (official transcripts from Texas A&M are not needed). Electronic transcripts can be processed much faster than paper transcripts. Texas A&M will accept transcripts sent electronically through AVOW, SPEEDE, eScrip-SAFE or National Clearing House. If paper transcripts are submitted they should be sent to:
Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001
4. International applicants may have to submit TOEFL scores as well. Please refer to International Graduate Admissions for further information regarding any additional requirements for international students.
Part II: Application to MSAT Program
Using the CEHD student data portal, submit a MSAT program specific application. You may begin the application at any time, but to submit the MSAT application and materials, you must have your Universal Identification Number (UIN). You will receive a UIN after completion of your applytexas.org application. Contact Dr. Lori Greenwood with any student data portal problems.
In completing the MSAT Application process through the CEHD student data portal, you will upload the following documents/forms or provide the following information:
5. Resume/Document Upload
6. Unofficial transcripts Upload (Official transcripts are required for applytx.org, but the MSAT committee can begin processing applications initially with unofficial transcripts.)
7. GRE scores
8. Contact information for 3 references (One must be from an Athletic Trainer that supervised observation hours. One must be from a faculty member and the 3rd is applicant’s choice.)
Upon acceptance in the MSAT program, students will be required to submit the following documents to complete their enrollment:
2. Physician Endorsement of Technical Standards (form completed by a physician after a medical history and physical examination has been conducted within past 12 months)
Students in the MSAT program are required to complete an original research project and present their work during the MSAT Research Colloquium for their final master’s’ examination. Students will work in pairs or small groups with a research advisor to develop ideas and implement their research projects during four courses (KINE 601, KINE 681, KINE 685 fall and KINE 685 spring).
2018 Graduate Research Colloquium
● Dickinson A and Spradlin T. Interrater and intrarater reliability of the Punch Test and the relationship between the measurement of scapular protraction and shoulder AROM measurements in overhead athletes
● Stembridge C and Trevino K. Effects of different time parameters on the efficacy of cupping therapy for myofascial pain
● Simpson S and Whitt S. An analysis of the relationship between g-force of impact, rate of head rotation, and the location of impact, on the outcome of concussive injury in DI collegiate football players
● Carter K and Clerkley K. Perceived value of athletic training by DI collegiate athletes
● Alexander V and Sussman R. Y-balance test measures and predictors of lower extremity injuries in DI football players
● Barrad S and Klemko C. Validation of the FITLIGHT Trainer sensor use for concussion evaluation
● Muhammad A, Overmyer C and Wilhelm-Glab K. Efficacy of antiperspirant spray and pre-wrap on taped ankle range of motion before and after exercise
2017 Graduate Research Colloquium
● McConnell L and Mullinnix. Acute effects of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, foam rolling and static stretching on hamstring and quadriceps flexibility
● McFarland A and Willcox L. Effects of the Deep Muscle Stimulator on improving ROM and diminishing MTP in the upper trapezius
● Hearn R and Karp A. Calculating risk of depression based on demographics, medical history, and sport specific factors in DI athletes
● Lindquist K and Thomas S. Effects of ice massage versus CryoRoller on skin surface temperature and MTP in the gastrocnemius/p
● DeKanick A and Zapinski C. Comparing depression and stress symptoms in concussed, injured and non-injured NCAA DI football players
● Guerra A, Patke M and Trompeter J. The effects of Whole Body Vibration on flexibility, power and balance in collegiate athletes
● Cooper T and Gandy G. Relationship between urine specific gravity, urine color and weight changes in DI collegiate football players
2016 Graduate Research Colloquium
● Bouwmeester R and Ganz M. Comparison of vibrational vs. non-vibrational foam roller on hamstring and quadriceps flexibility, proprioception, and strength
● Cleary A and Santillan B. Investigation of unilateral balance differences in female collegiate soccer players
● Danley L and Peterman C. The efficacy of a pitcher movement screen on predicting overuse injury in the high school baseball pitcher
● Lynch S and Wilson P. The effectiveness of flexibility static, and dynamic joint mobilization to the talocrural on joint range of motion and balance
● Elish K and Thames A. Comparison of concussion testing of C3Logix compared to ImPact.
● King R and Piloto M. A Comparison of clinical reaction time tested with C3Logix and standardized measuring stick drop testing: a predisposing factor for concussion managementmparison of vibrational vs. non-vibrational foam roller on hamstring and quadriceps flexibility, proprioception, and strength
2015 Graduate Research Colloquium
● Attridge R and Davis N. The effectiveness of the King-Devick Concussion assessment in secondary school athletes
● Baskin K. Marinobufagenin’s potential for concussion biomarker: A pilot study
● LeBlanc N and Platke A. The effects of an entry level ballet class on first year dance majors on improving measurements of balance using the Biodex Balance System SD
● Utley H. The efficacy of a modified low-dye taping technique on subtalar joint neutral position before and after a period of moderate exercise
● Evans K and McDaniel R. The acute effects of lumbar traction on pain, range of motion, and functional status in individuals with non-specific chronic low back pain
2014 Graduate Research Colloquium
● Germany S and Windsor C. The efficacy of cryokinetics on the reduction of symptoms associated with delayed onset muscle soreness
● Becker A and Bledsoe B. Efficacy of ultrasound/electrical stimulation combination therapy in treating myofascial trigger points of the trapezius: A comparison of thermal & non-thermal combination therapy
● Gorman E and Smith B. The effects of a passive shoulder internal rotation stretch program using different thermotherapies on range of motion in overhead athletes with gird
● Berrones D and Bohannon L. Effects of manual muscle therapy on trigger points: Cervical range of motion, pain, pressure sensitivity, and neck function
● Baker S and Bullard K. Three common iliotibial band stretches and their acute effects of iliotibial band flexibility, hip range of motion and hip isokinetic torque production.
2013 Graduate Research Colloquium
● Thomas L. A comparison of PNF and Active Release Techniques on hamstring flexibility in young, recreationally active individuals.
● Adeoti, L. Effectiveness of teh StretchRite compared to dynamic leg swings on hamstring flexibility in healthy recreationally active individuals.
● Newman, J Cognitive changes in DI football players over the couse of a season using EEG a ImPACT measures.
● Wiebe B. Effects of Biowave Pro Deepwave on DOMS in the elbow flexors.
● Mauritz Mollie. The effects of sport mssage on DOMS in healthy, recreationally active individuals.
● Hinojosa G. Comparison of the Game Ready and the Blue Crystal portble cold compression device in treating DOMS.
There are additional fees which athletic training students will incur as a result of participation in the MSAT program. This information is estimated and is subject to change. Information about common graduate student costs such as tuition, student fees, course fees, room, and board is available at Student Business Services and in the Graduate catalog.
|ITEM||YEAR ONE||YEAR TWO|
|Apparel for Clinical Rotation||~$50-100 *||~$50-100 *|
|NATA/SWATA Membership||60 (new) **||80 **|
|BOC Exam||n/a||~$35 application fee / ~$300 exam registration fee|
|Student Liability Insurance||$13 (ATTR 651 course fee)||$13 (ATTR 655 course fee)|
|Manual Therapy Credential||n/a||$200-$400|
|Travel to off-site clinicals||Students are responsible for their own transportation||Students are responsible for their own transportation|
|Flu vaccine, TB testing and/or other required vaccinations and tests||Refer to http://shs.tamu.edu/lab||Refer to http://shs.tamu.edu/lab|
*Students are provided a polo shirt and access to online ordering of program T-shirts and jackets for a group rate.
**Atrack free with NATA membership
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Students should contact the TAMU Scholarship office for further information regarding available aid and to calculate the cost of attendance. We also recommend that all students complete and submit a FAFSA or TASFA.
Academic Common Market
The MSAT program participates in the Academic Common Market (ACM). The ACM is a cooperative agreement among 16 states allowing students to pursue out-of-state academic degree programs at the in-state tuition rate.
● Student must be a resident of one of the cooperating states that does not offer a CAATE accredited professional level master’s program at a public institution.
● Acceptance into the MSAT program
● Application to the ACM through student’s home state’s ACM website. For further information about the ACM, you can check with your home institution’s ACM representative.
Note: Currently, the Master of Science program is only listed on the ACM sites for GA and LA. Only students from those states have applied to ACM for the MSAT program.
Lisa H. and Peter H. Currie Endowed Athletic Training Scholarship
A $1,000 competitive scholarship awarded to a first-year athletic training graduate student based on program application scores.
A $1,000 competitive scholarship awarded to a “new” graduate student in the Department of HLKN who will begin coursework in the summer or fall. Interested incoming MSAT students can contact Dr. Lori Greenwood for further information.
Non-Resident Tuition Waiver
Recipients of a “competitive scholarship” of $1000 or more may be able to receive in-state tuition for the academic year. The University/ College and Department offer scholarships.
Texas Aggie Graduate Grant Application
A need-based award (financial need is determined by Scholarship & Financial Aid).
Eligibility requirements: Texas resident, have completed and submitted a FAFSA or TASFA, enrolled in a degree-seeking graduate program at Texas A&M (G7 or G8), must be enrolled at least half-time for the semesters you receive the grant.
Professional Organization Scholarships
National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Graduate Student Scholarships (Membership required)
Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) Graduate Student Scholarships (Membership required)
Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association (TSATA) Student Scholarships (Membership required)
Tylenol has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships to students pursuing an education in healthcare.
All former student-athletes who earned an undergraduate degree from a NCAA member school are eligible to be nominated by that school for a NCAA graduate degree scholarship, regardless of when they received their undergraduate degree.
Outside Diversity Scholarships
Qualifications and deadlines vary but this website has many scholarship opportunities.
Veteran Services Scholarships
General scholarships and affiliated military scholarships are available to students at Texas A&M University.
Clinical education experiences provide students with authentic, real-time opportunities to practice and integrate athletic training knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities, including decision-making and professional behaviors required of athletic trainers. Starting early, clinical experiences are planned sequentially to build on the academic knowledge and skills students acquire through coursework.
Clinical rotations may be semester long or shorter (mini-rotations) to provide a variety of experiences over the 2-year program. Clinical experiences are part of academic courses (ATTR 651, 652, 653, 655 and 656) for which students receive academic credit. Students are assigned an average of 15-20 hours/week of clinical experience to provide a regular semester average of 225-300 hours.
Clinical Rotation Plan & Schedule
Students are assigned to clinical preceptors and sites by the clinical education coordinator (CEC). The CEC develops a rotation schedule through the various experience categories. All students will complete each category but a student’s preferences, career interests, strengths and weaknesses, goals, and prior experience are taken into consideration for placements.
Depending on the competitive season for the sport, students may end a rotation prior to the end of a semester and begin another rotation prior to the beginning of the next semester, (i.e., basketball, post-season football, etc.). Rotations may also continue over school breaks (winter, spring, etc.), or beyond the regular academic semester (i.e., August pre-season football, soccer, cross country and May-June post-season softball, baseball, track, etc.).
Clinical Experience Categories
|INDIVIDUAL SPORTS||TEAM SPORTS||PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (TAMU OR HS)||MALE PATIENTS (TAMU OR HS)||FEMALE PATIENTS (TAMU OR HS)||NON-SPORT PATIENT POPULATIONS||NON-ORTHOPEDIC CONDITIONS||PEDIATRIC OR ADOLESCENTS|
|Track and Field||Basketball||Football||Football||Soccer||Texas A&M Physician’s Family Medicine Clinic||Texas A&M Physician’s Family Medicine Clinic||Secondary School Sports|
|Cross Country||Volleyball||Basketball||Volleyball||Surgical Observation||TAMU Athletics Primary Care Physicians||Central Texas Sports Medicine & Orthopedics|
|Swimming and Diving||Football||Baseball||Track and Field||Emergency Room||Central Texas Sports Medicine & Orthopedics||CHI St. Joseph Sports Medicine|
|Tennis||Baseball||Track and Field||Cross Country||Texas A&M Dance Science Program||CHI St. Joseph Sports Medicine|
|Equestrian||Softball||Cross Country||Swimming and Diving||Central Texas Sports Medicine & Orthopedics||Emergency Room|
|Golf||Soccer||Swimming and Diving||Basketball||CHI St. Joseph’s Brazos Valley Sports Medicine|
|Tennis||Tennis||Aggie Corp of Cadets|
Frequently Asked Questions
Master's in Athletic Training
Where am I allowed take the prerequisite courses for program application?
The applicant may take the required courses at any university as long as they are equivalent courses to what Texas A&M offers. Students are required to submit course descriptions and syllabi when they apply to the program to ensure that the courses do fulfill the program requirements. However, if unsure of the equivalency, applicants may email the course descriptions and syllabi to the program director in advance.
How many students do you admit into the MSAT program each year?
Admission into the the MSAT program is very competitive. Currently we accept 16 students each year.
What undergraduate degree is required for application to the MSAT program?
No particular undergraduate degree or major is required for application to the MSAT program. However, the majority of applicants have degrees in fields in which the required pre-requisite courses may be taken as part of their degree plans such as kinesiology, exercise science, and exercise physiology.
Is the athletic training program at Texas A&M accredited?
Yes, the MSAT received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in July 2013. This allows our graduating students to sit for the BOC examination.
What is a professional (entry-level) master’s program in athletic training?
A professional level master’s program in athletic training is a graduate program for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field but wish to pursue BOC credentials as an athletic trainer.
What is the difference between a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) and a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)? Why do I need both?
Licensure is a state specific credential. In the state of Texas, individuals with a LAT credential can only practice in the state of Texas. However, those with an ATC credential, through the Board of Certification, can apply for licensure in any state that regulates athletic training and practice in that state. They are not limited to practicing athletic training in only one state.
How do you become credentialed as an athletic trainer?
To become a BOC-certified athletic trainer (ATC), you must earn a degree from a college or university with an accredited athletic training program, then take and pass the exam administered by the Board of Certification (BOC).
Where do athletic trainers work?
Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) provide services to secondary schools, colleges/universities, and professional sports. They can also serve sports medicine clinics, emergency rooms and hospitals, physician offices, military, performing arts and a variety of occupational settings. The most recent NATA Salary Survey had ATC respondents who represented 42 differe
What is athletic training?
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Learn more at National Athletic Trainers’ Association
Master's in Athletic Training Admissions
Is the TOEFL exam required?
International students whose native language is not English must have a score of at least 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Refer to International Graduate Admissions for further information regarding requirements.
Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score required?
Yes, applicants must submit a GRE score to be considered for admission. A minimum score of 150 verbal, 145 quantitative and 3.5 writing is required (a lower GRE may be considered and weighted according to GPA, grades in major coursework, experience, undergraduate program, etc.).
Is an interview required?
Applicants should be available for an interview, either in person, via phone or conference call. Although in person interviews are not required, we encourage you to schedule a visit to our campus to learn more about the program, university and community. Please contact the PD to schedule a visit.
How are applicants evaluated for admission into the MSAT program?
Applications are reviewed and evaluated by a 4-5 member MSAT admission committee. A weighted rubric design is utilized where each area of the application (prerequisite course grades, GPA, GRE, essays, recommendations, observation hours) is assigned a score and a weight (30%, 25%, 20%, 10%, 10%, 5%). The 16 applicants with the highest point total will be offered placement in the program and those who have met minimum requirements but have not initially been offered placement will be placed on a wait list.
Will I be able to transfer graduate courses into the MSAT program from another institution?
Certain courses may be allowable for transfer in consideration of program, department and university limitations. Contact the Program Director for further information regarding transfer rules.
How old can the prerequisite courses be?
Prerequisite courses must generally be taken within 7 years of application. Although individual cases will be reviewed.
Can I submit my application even though I am still completing my prerequisite courses?
You may have prerequisite courses still in progress by the application deadline, but all prerequisites must be completed by the start of the program.
Can prerequisite courses be taken at a community college or online?
Yes, community college and online courses from accredited institutions are acceptable. Only courses that do not include a lab component may be taken online.
How do I know if a class I’ve taken fulfills a prerequisite course requirement?
Equivalent courses will be determined by the program director. Description of prerequisite courses offered at Texas A&M can be found in the Texas A&M undergraduate catalog. Course equivalencies within Texas can be found here. Upon program application, students submit course descriptions to ensure courses fulfill program requirements. Prospective students may email the course descriptions and/or syllabi to the program director in advance of their application to receive a determination.
What bachelor’s degree is required for application to the MSAT program?
No particular undergraduate degree or major is required for application to the MSAT program. However, the majority of applicants have degrees in fields in which the required prerequisite courses may be taken as part of their degree plans such as kinesiology, exercise science, and exercise physiology.
Master's in Athletic Training Curriculum
Will I need a car?
Although the Aggie Spirit Line is very convenient for students seeking transportation from their apartments to campus, a car is recommended to travel to off campus clinical sites.
Where do students live?
Although TAMU does have graduate student housing, the majority of MSAT students live off campus on a Aggie Spirit bus route. There are a variety of ways to search for student housing in Bryan/College Station. AggieSearch (https://aggiesearch.tamu.edu/) is an online resource for students searching for housing and/or roommates in the community. Once accepted into the program, students will be provided contact information for other incoming students in order to pursue shared housing. The program will send out a housing recommendation list compiled by current and former students.
Do you have any graduate assistant positions or scholarships available to help with program costs?
Because the MSAT program is a full time program with academic and clinical obligations, students are not awarded graduate assistant positions. There are scholarships available through the department, college and professional associations. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the financial aid webpage for specifics regarding cost of graduate attendance as well as sources of financial support.
Where are clinical sites located?
The majority of clinical sites are in Bryan/College Station either at Texas A&M University or within 30 miles of campus.
Can I attend the program part-time or via distance education?
No. The program is a full-time residential program with specifically sequenced courses.
When do programs take the BOC exam?
Students are eligible to sit for the BOC examination within the last semester prior to graduation. Most students sit for the March/April examination which is offered on the TAMU campus.
When does the program start?
The program begins approximately July 1 or the last Monday of June.