Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework (below)
  • Recommended 3.0 science/math/foundational GPA (indicated by * in prerequisite list below). Applicants with a prerequisite GPA below 3.0 may be required to submit GRE score to ATCAS #4526.
  • Minimum of 50 ​hours of pre-professional supervised observation with an athletic trainer in a traditional setting or other related health care setting.
  • Two (2) references (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 as well as the Univerisity of Cincinnati's program.

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 prerequisite 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, HLSC3023C, 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 

Application Review

Reviewed items on admissions applications are:

  • Cumulative GPA (required minimum 3.0)
  • Pre-requisite course GPA (preferred GPA 3.0)
  • Letters of recommendation (2 letters, 1 from an athletic trainer, 1 from a faculty member)
  • Personal statement and extended response questions
  • Pre-professional observation or volunteer hours
  • Applicants can receive bonus points during the application review if:
    • they hold a valid health care license or a valid health or fitness certification
    • they exceed the pre-requisite science course requirements or who have undergraduate course work related to athletic training
    • they are a graduate of UC or students from institutions that have an affiliation agreement with the UC MSAT program 

Applicants who have completed all or part of a graduate health care program at another institution may be able to transfer equivalent courses into the MSAT program and earn advance standing for those courses.  These opportunities are evaluated on an individual basis.

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