Applying to the Master's in Athletic Training Program

To apply to the Master of Science in Athletic Training program, prospective students must apply electronically through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS). The application is available now, and the deadline is February 1. Students are informed of their admissions decision on a rolling basis through the end of May.

MS in Athletic Training Application Requirements

  1. Statement of Purpose: A concise, well-written statement about the applicant’s academic preparation, practical experience, and/or research background related to the area of Athletic Training. It should also include the applicant’s career goals and how the program will assist the applicant in meeting career and educational objectives.

  2. Personal Statement: An overview of the applicant’s background and life experiences including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, which motivated the decision to pursue the Athletic Training program.

  3. Three Letters of Recommendation: The applicant must submit three letters of support including one or more from persons who can attest to the applicant’s academic accomplishments. Applicants are also encouraged to obtain recommendations from those who can comment on the applicant’s suitability to become an athletic trainer.

  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores: There are no minimum scores required for the GRE. An aggregate score of 315 on verbal and quantitative sections and 4.5 or better on the writing portion of the GRE is expected, but will not be treated as an absolute minimum if other areas are outstanding.

  5. Transcripts: Unofficial or scanned copies of official transcripts of all of the applicant’s previous undergraduate and graduate coursework from all colleges and universities attended, including the University of Michigan, must be scanned and uploaded into the electronic application.

  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores: Applicants whose native language is not English must provide TOEFL/IELTS scores. Minimum TOEFL score of acceptance is 84 (internet version) or 6.5 for IELTS.

  7. Pre-requisite Coursework: Applicants must show proof of completion of the following courses prior to beginning the program:

  • Biology (animal)
  • Chemistry (inorganic)
  • Physics (mechanics)
  • General Psychology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise Physiology
  1. Earned Bachelor’s Degree: Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the program.​
  2. Technical Standards: Applicants must meet or request accommodations to meet the University of Michigan Athletic Training Program Technical Standards for Admission.
AT Master's Program
Application Deadline


All students applying to the Athletic Training Program must submit proof of the following vaccinations:

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria (TD booster must be within 10 years of the projected last semester of participation in the program);
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) or positive blood titers/documented history of disease and varicella/chicken pox or positive blood titer/documented history of disease.

Due to the potential chance of contact with blood and bodily fluids during the clinical experiences associated with participation in the program, it is recommended that all athletic training students be vaccinated against the Hepatitis B virus. It is required that all athletic training students who do not pursue Hepatitis vaccination read and sign the Hepatitis B Waiver form before starting clinical experiences. MCV4 (meningitis) vaccine is strongly encouraged for all students upon entrance into the University of Michigan, but is not a requirement for the program.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The University of Michigan Athletic Training Program is accredited by, and satisfies academic requirements for, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and remains in good standing. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification Exam (BOC). Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of athletic training (California is currently the only state that does not regulate the profession of athletic training). Individuals must be legally recognized by the appropriate state regulatory agency prior to practicing athletic training. BOC certification is recognized and required by all Athletic Trainer state regulatory agencies. Compliance with state regulatory requirements is mandatory and the only avenue to legal athletic training practice. We note that we cannot confirm whether all educational prerequisites to licensure can be satisfied through completion of the program in other states. We advise you to contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state where you are located and, if different, the state where you intend to seek licensure.