Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA 
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework (below)
  • Minimum 3.0 science/math/foundational GPA (indicated by * in prerequisite list below)
  • Completion of the General Graduate Records Exam (GRE) - suggested minimum scores (147 verbal, 147 quantitative, and 3.5 analytical writing).  GRE scores should be sent directly to ATCAS #4526.
    • GRE is not required for UC's Accelerated Entry or Early Assurance applicants
    • GRE is not required for applicants with a cumulative university GPA and prerequisite GPA ≥ 3.333   
    • GRE is required for all other applicants  
  • Minimum of 50 ​hours of pre-professional supervised observation with an athletic trainer in a traditional setting or other related health care setting.
    • Due to COVID-19 an adjustment has been made to the observation hours requirement for the 2020/21 application cycle. Applicants will only need to have half of the hours completed by time they submit their application – giving them more time to complete this requirement. Applicants must complete 25 observation hours at the time of the application submission and complete an additional 25 observation hours prior to April 1, 2021.  Applicants who do not complete the total 50 observation hours by April 1, 2021 will have their admission decision rescinded.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (1 from an athletic trainer who supervised your pre-professional observation and 1 from a faculty member who can speak to your ability to succeed in graduate level studies).
  • Extended response essay describing professionalism and why you chose AT as your professional pathway.

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants may not have more than four in-progress or scheduled prerequisite courses at the time of application.  All prerequisite courses must be completed before the program start date.  For each of the prerequisites below, we have indicated the University of Cincinnati courses that will fulfill the requirements for our program.  For equivalent courses at other colleges/universities, please use Transferology.  

Undergraduate Requirements for Application to UC MSAT program
Area Course Equivalent UC Courses
Natural Science:

*General Biology with Lab

BIOL1081 & BIOL1081L


*General Chemistry with Lab

CHEM1030 & CHEM1030L or CHEM1040 & CHEM1040L


*General Physics (Algebra based) with Lab

PHYS1051 & PHYS1051L or PHYS1051C


*Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab

BIOL2001C & BIOL2002C




Social Science:

*Introductory level Psychology



Introductory level Sociology



Medical Terminology



Health Care Ethics

HLTH2011 or HLSC2011


*Personal/Human Nutrition



*Principles of Research/Research Methods


Applied Human Science:

*Exercise Physiology with Lab

HLSC3031 or HLSC3032C


*Human Biomechanics/Kinesiology

HLSC3020 or HLSC3022C


*Principles of Physical Conditioning & Exercise



Introduction to Athletic Training (highly desired but not required)

HLSC2071 or ATH1051