- Prerequisite Courses
To be accepted, you must have a bachelor’s degree and have earned a grade of C or better in the following prerequisite courses or equivalent courses:
- HAS 3150 - Community Health Agencies and Services Credits: (3) (NOTE: We will continue to accept HLTH 1030 through 2019. Students beginning the MSAT program in the Fall 2020 semester will need to take HAS 3150 instead of HLTH 1030).
- NUTR 1020 LS - Science and Application of Human Nutrition Credits: (3)
- PEP 3280 - Methods of Teaching Strength and Conditioning Credits: (3)
- ESS 3500 - Biomechanics Credits: (3)
- ESS 3510 - Exercise Physiology Credits: (3)
- PSY 1010 SS - Introductory Psychology Credits: (3)
- ZOOL 2100 - Human Anatomy Credits: (4) or HTHS 1110 - Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
- ZOOL 2200 LS - Human Physiology Credits: (4) or HTHS 1111 - Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
- PHYS 1010 PS - Elementary Physics Credits: (3)
- CHEM 1010 PS - Introductory Chemistry Credits: (3) (required for new students beginning the MSAT program in the Fall 2021 semester or later)
All prerequisites must have been completed within the last 10 years.
Students who are deficient in two or fewer prerequisite courses may be admitted on a conditional basis if the courses can be added to the schedule while still meeting the prerequisites prior to each graduate course.
To determine if your courses meet prerequisite requirements, send the catalog course description and/or the course syllabus for each course you would like to have evaluated on the prerequisite worksheet (see below) to Dr. Matt Donahue at email@example.com if it is not already on the list of accepted courses (see below). He will respond to inform you which courses will count for which prerequisite requirements and/or if additional information is required to make that determination.
Note: If you contact Dr. Donahue from a Hotmail account and do not receive a reply within 3 days, please email him again from a different type of account. WSU emails sometimes reject emails from Hotmail accounts.
- Background Check & Drug Test
After formal admission, you are required to complete an FBI background check and drug test.
The WSU Master of Science in Athletic Training Program enters into affiliation agreements with multiple healthcare facilities and schools throughout the state. These agreements provide WSU MSAT students and faculty with authorized access to facility resources and patients. In response to stipulations contained within one or more of these agreements, all students admitted to the program must submit to an FBI-level criminal background check and a urine drug test. This screening process has been mandated by the WSU MSAT in an effort to more effectively protect the safety and well-being of the patients, clients and residents of those facilities, and is fully supported by the Department of Athletic Training and Nutrition and MSAT faculty.
Both the background check and the drug test will be completed during your first semester. You are responsible for all expenses involved (approximately $80).
- Transfer Credits
In compliance with the Higher Education Act, Weber State University only accepts transfer credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
Students who have completed graduate athletic training coursework at another CAATE-accredited professional master's degree program may apply for up to 9 transfer credits. The transfer of graduate credits from non-CAATE-accredited programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Approval of all transfer credits requires an official transcript, a copy of the course syllabus, and approval by the WSU MSAT Program Director.
- Selection Process & Retention Requirements
- All applications will be ranked by using a numerical scale to rate the elements of the application.
- Students receiving the highest scores in the rating process will be invited to enter the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. The selection committee is comprised of the MSAT faculty. The number of students chosen to enter the program each year will vary, in compliance with accreditation guidelines related to professor- and preceptor-to-student ratios. Selection into the MSAT is competitive and satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
- Applicants not invited to enter the MSAT may reapply the following year. All applicants who reapply must meet all requirements in effect at the time of reapplication. Students who choose to reapply must review the program website and/or catalog for current admission requirements at that time.
- All students selected for the MSAT must provide evidence of being able to meet the Technical Standards for Admission of the program. Only those students who verify that they can meet those technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, will be allowed to enter the program. The Technical Standards can be found on the program’s website at: https://www.weber.edu/msat/admission.html
After students are selected into the MSAT, retention in the program will be based on the following criteria:
- Grade “B-” or better in all required courses (includes Graduate Practicum courses).
- Maintain an overall Weber State University Graduate GPA of 3.0.
- Adhere to MSAT Athletic Training Student Handbook Policies.
- International Student Requirements
All international students and any applicants educated outside the U.S. must demonstrate proficiency in English. Those whose native language is not English, or whose language of instruction for their undergraduate degree was not English, will be required to submit an official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) which is not more than two years old and on which a minimum score of 563 (paper-based), or 85 (internet-based) with a minimum score of 17 in each section, has been earned. The MSAT Program also accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - applicants may have an official score report sent to the MSAT Program Director which is not more than two years old and on which a minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section, has been earned.
Minimum English Proficiency scores for conditional admissions:
TOEFL (internet-based) - 70
TOEFL (paper-based) - 525
IELTS - 6.0
Students who have earned a score between 84-70 may still be admitted conditionally. These students would be required to begin ESL and other coursework at Weber State University ONE semester (typically Summer semester) prior to beginning MSAT coursework . During this preparatory semester, students would be required to complete, with a grade of a C+ or better, approximately 8 credits of ESL courses and complete, with a grade of C or better, approximately 6 credits of MSAT prerequisite courses. The MSAT Program Director will determine which ESL and prerequisite courses are most appropriate based on the student’s undergraduate coursework and English proficiency scores.
Students who have earned a score between 61-69 may still be admitted conditional buy would be required to begin ESL and other coursework at Weber State University for TWO semesters (typically Spring and Summer) prior to beginning MSAT coursework. During these preparatory semesters, students would be required to complete, with a grade of a C+ or better, approximately 8 credits of ESL courses per semester and complete, with a grade of C or better, approximately 6 credits of MSAT prerequisite courses per semester.
The MSAT Program Director will determine which ESL and prerequisite courses are most appropriate based on the student’s undergraduate coursework and English proficiency scores.
For information regarding our admission requirements and transcript evaluations for international students, visit our International Student Admissions page.
- Tuition & Fees
A Master of Athletic Training at Weber State University is a terrific value. Review the current rates on our Tuition & Fees page.
Please note: The application in ATCAS for the Fall 2020 MSAT cohort is NOW OPEN. We will accept applications through March 31, 2020, but the priority deadline to be considered for scholarships is January 15, 2020.
Apply for Admission
Gain the skills and knowledge to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
Official transcripts MUST be sent to the following address:
P.O. Box 9132
Watertown, MA 02471
Minimum Admissions Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree
- Admission to Weber State University (Students apply only to the MSAT and will be admitted to WSU and the MSAT concurrently. Students do NOT need to apply through the WSU general admissions process)
- GRE scores (only required if GPA is below a 3.0) (submit to ATCAS)
- Minimum 3.0 GPA*
- Submit Graduate Athletic Training Student Application through ATCAS (found online at: https://atcas.liaisoncas.com)
- Submit Application Essay/Personal Statement (Describe your professional goals including why you have chosen Athletic Training as a career.) (submit in ATCAS)
- Two References - at least one reference must be a college-level instructor (submit in ATCAS)
- Grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses (all prerequisites must have been completed within the last 10 years prior to application)**
- Documentation of at least 50 observations hours with a Certified Athletic Trainer (or similar healthcare provider for international applicants) (submit in ATCAS)
- Program Interview - in person or over the phone
- Completed Technical Standards Form (completed after admission)
- Official Transcripts from ALL other colleges/universities attended (send directly to ATCAS)
- Complete the Prerequisites Worksheet as a Word document (Prerequisites worksheet as a pdf file) (submit in ATCAS or email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Proof of immunizations (completed after admission)
- Hepatitis-B vaccination (can be completed in first semester if deficient)
- Pay Application fee through ATCAS
* Grade point averages between 2.75 and 2.99 will be considered if GRE scores are above average.
** Students who are deficient in two or fewer prerequisite courses may be admitted on a conditional basis if the courses can be added to the schedule while still meeting the prerequisites prior to each graduate course.
The priority application deadline is January 15th for the following fall semester. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling admissions basis if available slots still exist. Students are encouraged to apply by the January 15th deadline, as the program will likely reach capacity at that point. The online application may be accessed at: https://atcas.liaisoncas.com.