How to Apply to the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program


Important Dates

  • Dec. 1 – priority application deadline
    • Rolling admission process until all cohort spots are filled
  • Summer semester – classes begin

Prerequisite Requirements

To be considered for admission to the M.S.A.T program, you must be admitted to the NIU Graduate School and have completed the following baccalaureate course work:

  • Human anatomy and physiology (8 semester hours preferred, 4 semester hours mixed course minimum)
  • General chemistry with lab
  • Physics with lab
  • Biology with lab
  • Biomechanics/kinesiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Human nutrition or sport nutrition
  • Psychology or sport psychology
  • BLS or Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid Certification

Admissions Process

You must complete a limited admissions application, which will include the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Minimum of 50 observation hours with a BOC certified athletic trainer within the last 10 months prior to application
  • Transcripts
  • Syllabi for all prerequisite courses

Qualified applicants will undergo a pre-admission interview. The GRE is not required for admission. Applicants will be ranked based on their overall GPA, the GPA of their prerequisite coursework, letters of recommendation, and interview performance.

You will be required to undergo a criminal background check in order to be placed at clinical experience sites. If you have a prior criminal record, you may not be able to complete the program or required courses.

Apply today!