Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative 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 must 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
  • 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 2021/22 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, 2022.  Applicants who do not complete the total 50 observation hours by April 1, 2022 will have their admission decision rescinded.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 must demonstrate a plan for complete outstanding pre-reqs by the scheduled MSAT 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.

Have courses from other institutions? Check out our pre-requisite course equivalencies or send us your transcript and we will personally review it. 

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 I & II with Labs (or separate Anatomy and Physiology courses - with labs)

BIOL2001C & BIOL2002C




Social Science:

*Introductory level Psychology



Introductory level Sociology (can be substituted with an additional Psychology course)



Medical Terminology



Ethics (any) 

HLTH2011, HLSC2011, BA3080 & more


*Personal/Human Nutrition


Applied Human Science:

*Exercise Physiology with Lab

HLSC3031 or HLSC3032C


*Human Biomechanics/Kinesiology

HLSC3022C, HLSC3032C, or HLSC3020

  *Principles of Physical Conditioning & Exercise/ Exercise Testing and Prescription/ Strength & Conditioning 


* indicates course that will be used to calculate the pre-req GPA. 

Other highly encouraged (but not required) courses: Introduction to Athletic Training, Research Methods