Admissions Process

MS-AT Admissions Process

The MS-AT Program has developed specific criteria for admission that are consistent with the program’s mission and goals.  Students interested in attending Appalachian State University and pursuing a career in athletic training are encouraged to complete a bachelor's degree and prerequisite courses and then apply to the MS-AT program at the graduate level. Anticipated MS-AT prerequisite-friendly majors include: Exercise Science, Public Health, Psychology, Health & Physical Education, Nutrition, and others!  

Our admissions process is nondiscriminatory and contingent upon successfully passing a criminal background check and meeting the program's technical standards. The number of students we are able to select each semester is limited. Scholarship opportunities for admitted students are available through the Beaver College of Health Sciences. Other scholarship, fellowship, and graduate assistantship opportunities are available through the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School.

Traditional Application Process

This application process is intended for students applying with a bachelor's degree or currently in their final year of their bachelor's degree.

  1. Students should submit their formal application through the Athletic Training Central Application System (ATCAS). Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, but applications are encouraged to be submitted before February 1st. Applications will be considered and undergo a holistic review as received.
  2. Applicants will be notified if the admissions team requests an interview.
  3. Applicants will be notified by the admissions team if they are being recommended to the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School for admissions. Only those applicants recommended for Graduate School admittance will be required to complete the Graduate School application by no later than April 1st. Applicants should not apply to the Appalachian State University Graduate School until they have been notified by the Program Director.  Graduate School admission requirements can be found in the University’s Graduate Bulletin.

Accelerated Admissions Application Process

Earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Athletic Training at Appalachian State University! 

Students enrolled at Appalachian State University may choose to pursue Accelerated Admissions and apply for admittance into the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) program after having completed three years of outstanding undergraduate coursework at Appalachian State University.  However, this program is academically rigorous and requires significant advanced planning beginning with freshman coursework.  Individuals interested in pursuing accelerated admissions must:

  1. Contact the MS-AT Accelerated Admissions Coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Howard (, as early as possible in your undergraduate career for additional information and to discuss course sequencing.
  2. Accelerated admission applicants do not need to complete an ATCAS application; however, they must apply to the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School by February 1st of the spring semester prior to starting graduate coursework. Graduate School admission requirements can be found in the University’s Graduate Bulletin.
  3. Applicants will be notified if the admissions team requests an interview.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements to the Master of Science in Athletic Training will include:

  • Complete application
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or University (may be in progress at time of application but must be complete prior to enrollment).
  • Official GRE scores (within 5 years)
    • GRE Scores may be waived if you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher; AND a GPA of 3.25 in prerequisite courses.
  • The Cratis D. Williams Graduate School at Appalachian State University requires a 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official GRE scores, OR a 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official GRE scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s). With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.
  • International students only: TOEFL score
  • Official transcripts, including prerequisites, from each college/university attended since High School
  • Three letters of reference, with at least one from a faculty member and one from a licensed healthcare provider (e.g. athletic trainer, physical therapist, physician assistant, nurse, etc.)
  • Resume
  • Forty hours of clinical observation/shadowing under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer. You are advised to observe a variety of activities, events, and athletic training settings.
    • Log your observation hours using this form
    • Due to COVID-19, we are being flexible with this requirement. Please inquire if you have questions regarding this.
  • Personal Statement providing (1) insight into what is involved in becoming and practicing as an Athletic Trainer; (2) the applicant's reflection on observation hours obtained; (3) the applicant's professional goals and how the MS-AT will achieve those goals; and (4) if the applicant is interested in research, it should include the faculty member(s) with whom the applicant is most interested in working
  • Interview (in-person or web-based)
  • Completion of required prerequisites These may be in progress at time of application but must be complete prior to enrollment.  Appalachian’s equivalent course descriptions can be found in the University Undergraduate Bulletin:
    • Biology (animal-based), 3-4 credits with lab (BIO 1801 or equivalent)
    • Chemistry, 3-4 credits with lab (CHE 1101/1110 or equivalent)
    • Physics, 4 credits with lab (PHY 1103 or equivalent)
    • Human anatomy, 4 credits with lab (ES 2040 or equivalent)
      • When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet this requirement.
    • Human physiology, 4 credits with lab (ES 2050 or equivalent)
      • When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet this requirement.
    • Exercise physiology, 3 credits (ES 3002 or equivalent)
    • Biomechanics OR Kinesiology, 3 credits (ES 3550 or equivalent)
    • Statistics, 3 credits (STT 2810 or equivalent)
    • Psychology, 3 credits (PSY 1200 or equivalent)
    • Reach out to the program director for questions on course equivalency. You may also use our University’s course equivalency search engine. 

*The program director reserves the right to request course syllabi to confirm course content or equivalency*

Note on Academic Standards for Retention in the MS-AT

Academic standards for retention in the MS-AT degree program include abiding by the ASU Code of Student Conduct and the Academic Integrity Code, the MS-AT Professional Behaviors and Responsibilities Policy, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Code of Ethics, and the Board of Certification® Standards of Practice. These standards are fully described in the MS-AT Student Handbook. 

MS-AT students must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all graduate courses, maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, and earn no more than two final grades of “C” or below in the program of study. Students are dismissed from the MS-AT degree program if they earn more than two final grades of a “C” or lower.