Athletic Training

MS in Athletic Training

Why study Athletic Training?

The goal of the MSAT program is to prepare students for entry into the profession of Athletic Training. This degree is the entry level professional degree and meets the eligibility requirements for both the national professional examination administered by the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers’ (the BOC) and the state licensure exam necessary for practice.

To meet this goal, the program provides students with: (1) knowledge in the biomechanical/pathomechanical aspects of human movement and the physiological/pathophysiological aspects of injury and healing; (2) knowledge and training in methodologies used in the evaluation, management, treatment, referral, and rehabilitation of people who have suffered an injury or illness; (3) training in the skills necessary to recognize and reduce the risks associated with physical activity and sport; (4) training in the skills required to manage the day-to-day operations of a sports medicine/athletic training practice; (5) and basic skills in research design, implementation, evaluation, and interpretation.

The MSAT program is designed for the student seeking the professional health care credential as an Athletic Trainer (AT). After successfully completing the MSAT program students are eligible for the BOC Exam and the appropriate state licensure exam. Passing both exams confers two credentials, AT (the state license) and ATC (signifying holding BOC certification).  

Admission Requirements

Our MSAT program participates in ATCAS (Athletic Training Centralized Application Service).  Transcripts, recommendation letters, observation hour documentation forms, and essays will all be submitted through this application system.

  • ATCAS application (opens July 1)
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Prerequisite coursework completed with a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA. 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in prerequisite Science/Math/Pre-professional coursework 
  • General Graduate Records Exam (GRE) - suggested minimum scores (150 verbal, 150 quantitative, and 3.5 analytical writing)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (1 from athletic trainer)
  • 50 hours of supervised observation or volunteer activities in an Athletic Training setting
Upon successful completion of all aspects of the program, graduates can work in a variety of settings that employ Athletic Trainers. The traditional setting is in organized athletics either at the club, high school, collegiate, or professional level. Athletic Trainers are also employed in a variety other areas, including physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, performing arts medicine, military and tactical medicine, industrial medicine, and comprehensive health & wellness centers. The structure of the program as a Master of Science may also be useful for students who choose to pursue further graduate study at the doctoral level. 
Upon entry into the program, students are assigned a faculty advisor.

Application Deadlines

In order to complete the admissions process, please visit the MSAT program website to learn about current deadlines, application requirements and materials that need to be submitted when applying.
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (the CAATE) is the national accrediting body for Athletic Training education.  The AT program was first accredited as a BS degree in May of 2000 and accreditation has continued uninterrupted since then.  The program’s current accreditation cycle ends in 2020-2021. The degree transition does not interrupt nor alter the accreditation review calendar.  The program’s accreditation is continuous through the degree transition process and the review for re-accreditation will be on its usual cycle.

Contact Information

Linda Threm
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-7503

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Program Code: 35MAS-ATH-MSAT