Admission Requirements

Admission into the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is selective and competitive.

Applying does not guarantee your admission.

Apply through GradCAS

For admission into the MSAT program, you must apply via the GradCAS online system.

You must be a Board of Certification (BOC)-certified athletic trainer or eligible to sit for the BOC exam to be considered for admission.

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Interested in a graduate assistantship?

Note: Application to the MSAT program is separate from the process to apply for a graduate assistantship associated with the program. 

If you're interested in a graduate assistantship, email your resume, cover letter, a list of three references and a one-page essay indicating your career goals and how the MSAT program will assist in reaching those goals to

Note: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement is temporarily waived. Applicants for fall 2021 do not need to submit GRE scores.

Admission requirements

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning December 1st for admission the following fall, and will continue until the class is filled. An individual wishing to become a candidate for the MSAT degree must complete an online Graduate Application. In addition, candidates must submit the following materials:

  1. a resume,
  2. a cover letter,
  3. a one page essay addressing applicant's professional career goals and how the MSAT program will help accomplish these goals,
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores,
  5. BOC certification number or test date).

The Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training will review students with complete application materials for full admission. Admission of students for the MSAT program is selective and competitive due to limited resources. Student not accepted into the program may apply for the next application deadline. See admission processes and requirements in Graduate College section of the Graduate Catalog.

Full Admission to the MSAT Program

Full admission to the MSAT program will be based on:

  1. Eligible for acceptance into the Graduate College at Missouri State University.
  2. A cumulative GPA of no less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the last 60 hours of college course work attempted. Consideration may also be given to an applicant whose GPA falls below the minimum if a strong GRE score has been earned or if other evidences of potential for academic success in graduate education can be presented. Graduate work will be considered on an individual basis.
  3. BOC certification, eligible for the BOC or an equivalent athletic training credential (e.g., Canadian Certified Athletic Therapist).
  4. Licensure as an Athletic Trainer in good standing in Missouri or eligible for licensure in Missouri.
  5. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university - including a Statistical Methods course (PSY 200 or equivalent).
  6. Evidence of current physical examination including a TB skin test or chest X-ray. Matriculating students must also demonstrate evidence of good physical health and have up-to-date immunizations (MMR, tetanus, and a complete Hepatitis B series).
  7. Provide evidence of current certification with emergency cardiac care as defined by the BOC.
  8. Applicants must have the capacity for performance of the technical functions and tasks required of an athletic trainer.
  9. Provide evidence of NATA, MAATA, and MoATA memberships.
  10. The National Athletic Trainers' Association has a Professional Code of Ethical Conduct. All MSAT students will adhere to this Code and respect the rights and dignity of all individuals. Additionally, the SMAT Department has an honor code and pledge. All SMAT students are required to adhere to this Honor Code.
Probational Admission to the Program

Probational 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 shall receive no course grade lower than a B for the first nine hours of graduate course work attempted.
  2. Students admitted that have not passed the BOC examination and earned the ATC credentials are considered a probational admission candidate and have one semester to earn the ATC credentials. Students that are not successful on the BOC examination within the first semester of the program will be dismissed. Students not BOC certified will NOT be eligible for a graduate assistant position or any other employment opportunities that require BOC certification.