Program Requirements

Your advisor can help you choose elective courses that meet your goals and needs.

Degree requirements (minimum of 34-37 hours)

  1. Academic Advisor. Graduate students are assigned an advisor at the time of admission. If desired, the student may select a different advisor once fully matriculated into the program. This occurs most often when a research topic is chosen and it is appropriate for a different faculty member to direct that project. The role of the graduate advisor is to:
  • Assist the student in the selection of course work for his/her graduate program;
  • Evaluate transfer credits as acceptable for meeting requirements;
  • Recommend acceptance or rejection of all graduate course work toward the program of study as shown in the student's degree audit; and
  • Advise and assist the student in completion of all Missouri State University and departmental requirements for degree.

It is extremely important that students have early contact with their advisor and gain advisor approval before registering for classes. The advisor is a key person in helping individuals plan their graduate program, ensuring that classes fit the program, planning an appropriate class sequence, and providing other input that ensures a student is successful in their graduate program. All degree-seeking students must have the advisor complete an electronic release prior to registering via the web, in person, or by fax or mail registration.

  1. Core Course (34-37 hours)
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
    ATC 610 Leadership Theory and Issues in Athletic Training 2 hrs
    ATC 612 Human Movement 2 hrs
    ATC 620 Leadership Concepts in Athletic Training 3 hrs
    ATC 630 Leadership Practicum 1 hr
    ATC 632 Manual Therapy Techniques 3 hrs
    ATC 640 Evidence Based Practice 2 hrs
    ATC 710 Seminar in Athletic Training (3 courses) 2 hrs
    ATC 723 Movement Pattern Assessment 3 hrs
    ATC 732 Applied Research Methods in Health Care 3 hrs
    ATC 733 Corrective Exercise Techniques/Movement Pattern Interventions 3 hrs
    ATC 743 Advanced Therapeutic Interventions 3 hrs

    ATC 791

    AT Research Project

    1 hr

    ATC 797


    ATC 799

    Non-thesis Project  



    3 hrs


    6 hrs

    PSY 627 Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Behavioral Sciences 3 hrs
  2. Elective Courses. Students must work directly with their advisor and committee to determine which elective courses should be completed to strengthen their plan of study and compliment their thesis or non-thesis project. Courses must be approved by the student's committee to be counted toward the degree completion.
  3. Research Requirement. Completion of a thesis or a non-thesis project approved by the advisor or thesis committee.

    Thesis Option. Six (6) credit hours in ATC 799 Thesis will count toward the degree. Requirements include: proposal defense, IRB approval, data collection, traditional 5 chapter thesis, oral presentation and defense of thesis, submission of an abstract and poster presentation (minimally at an on-campus event). The thesis must be approved by the student's Thesis/Advisory Committee and the Graduate College before the degree is granted..

    Non-thesis Project. Three (3) credit hours in ATC 797 Non-Thesis Project will count toward a degree. A formal oral presentation of the project is required. The seminar paper must be approved by the student's Advisory Committee before the degree is granted.
  4. Comprehensive Examination. A comprehensive examination administered during the student's final semester of course work must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.

Retention requirements

After admission into the MSAT program, a student must achieve the following for retention in the program:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.00, with no more than 9 semester hours of graduate work below a grade of "B", and no hours of graduate work below a "C".
  2. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge.
  3. Remain compliant with the NATA Professional Code of Ethical Conduct and SMAT Honor Code.
  4. Maintain current NATA, MAATA, and MoATA membership and remain in good standing with the BOC.
  5. Maintain current AT license and be in good standing with the Missouri Board of Health Arts.
  6. Maintain current certification with emergency cardiac care as defined by the BOC.
  7. Maintain evidence of good physical health and up-to-date immunizations (MRR, tetanus, and a complete Hepatitis B series).

Students who fail to meet the retention criteria may:

  1. Be placed on academic or clinical probation in the MSAT program, or
  2. Be dismissed from the program, based on the judgment of the majority of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department graduate faculty.  Students who fail to meet the probationary criteria or are dismissed from the program are not eligible for readmission into the MSAT program.  Students have the right to follow the University's appeal process on any disciplinary sanction received.
  3. Students should refer to the Missouri State University Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Handbook for Graduate Athletic Training Students for additional policies and procedures of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Department.