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The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program accepts students to begin in June of each year. The program will admit qualified candidates up to 20 students per cohort. At the time of matriculation, applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree and completed all pre-requisite courses and requirements.

The competitive applicant will have a strong grade point average in their undergraduate studies, knowledge of the athletic training profession (gained through observation hours or other experiences), and excellent communication skills.

How to Apply

Step 1

First, applicants must apply through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). *Please note this application does not open until June 27th

Step 2

Next, applicants must complete Western Carolina University’s Graduate School application and pay the application fee.

Step 1: Athletic Training Centralized Application Service

Step 2: WCU Graduate School Application for Enrollment

Application Deadlines

Early Application Deadline: October 15th

Regular Application Deadline: February 1st

Applicants who apply by October 15th will receive a decision by November 30th. Applicants who apply between October 16 and February 1st will receive a decision by March 31st.

Application Requirements

The following are requirements for application to the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. All of the following requirements must be submitted through ATCAS.

  • 50 hours of observation with an athletic trainer
  • 3 letters of recommendation- one must be from an athletic trainer
  • Statement of Interest/Cover Letter that includes why you want to become an Athletic Trainer
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript(s)- (official transcripts will need to be sent after acceptance to program and completion of undergraduate degree)
  • Required Pre-requisite Courses with a grade of a “C” or higher. Applicants will still be considered if any of the following courses are not complete at the time of application; however, all courses must be completed prior to starting the program.
    • 3 Credits Nutrition
    • 8 Credits of Anatomy and Physiology (must include lab)
    • 4 Credits Biology (must include lab)
    • 4 Credits Chemistry (must include lab)
    • 8 Credits Physics (must include lab)
    • 3 Credits Psychology (introduction)

Additional Recommendations

Although not required for admission, the following courses are recommended for students to take prior to starting the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Kinesiology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods


Interviews are required for admission into the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. Once applications are reviewed, qualified candidates will be invited to complete an interview with the athletic training faculty and selection committee. Interviews will be conducted on campus in early November and beginning of March. Online interviews will be conducted monthly for those that cannot come to campus.

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