When will applications be accepted?

  • Applications are currently being accepted.
  • Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2019.
  • Applications will continue to be accepted until the cohort is full or April 1, 2019, whichever comes first.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by January 15, 2019 as there are a limited number of spots available in each cohort.


How long will the program take to complete?

The program is a two-year, full-time program beginning in June the year of admittance and ending 24 months later. Students will have a break from the program during part of June and July following their first year in the program.


Do I need a degree in a specific area to apply to the master’s program?

To be admitted to the program students must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from an accredited university prior to beginning the program. The degree can be in any field as long as required prerequisite courses are completed.


What are the prerequisite courses for the new master’s program?

Satisfactory completion (C- or better) of the following courses is required:

Biological Sciences | 12 quarter hours

Human Anatomy
Minimum content requirements: Human anatomy with study of skeletons and models.

Human Physiology
Minimum content requirement: Human physiology with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms

Exercise Sciences | 12 quarter hours

Exercise Physiology
Minimum content requirement: Understanding of factors affecting the physiological function of the body related to exercise and physical performance.

Biomechanics/Anatomical Kinesiology
Minimum content requirement: Anatomical and mechanical bases of physical activity with emphasis on the analysis of sport and exercise skills.

Minimum content requirement: Basic principles of human nutrition with emphasis on the nutrients and factors that affect their utilization in the human body.

Chemical Sciences | 12 quarter hours

General Chemistry
Minimum content requirements: Completion of introductory general chemistry series.


Do I need any athletic training observation or volunteer hours to apply to the program?

A minimum of 50 hours of work, volunteer, and/or observation hours under a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) within 2 years prior to program application is required. Documentation of clinical hours must be verifiable on the official program application.


Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

Yes. The GRE should have been taken within the previous five years.


What courses will I take in the graduate program?

Athletic Training Graduate Courses (98 credits)

  Summer Session 1 (8) Fall (16) Winter (15) Spring (16)
Year 1 H 523
Foundations of Public Health (4)
KIN 509
Practicum (9)
KIN 509
Practicum (5)
KIN 509
Practicum (5)
KIN 511
Introduction to Athletic Training (4)
KIN 521
Orthopedic Assessment of Lower Extremity Injuries (4)
KIN 520
Orthopedic Assessment of Upper Extremity Injuries (4)
KIN 522
Orthopedic Assessment of the Spine (4)
  KIN 565
Emergency Management of Sports Trauma (3)
KIN 561
Psychosocial Factors in Physical Activity (3)
KIN 569
Evidence-based Practice (3)
  KIN 566
General Medical Assessment (3)
KIN 584
Therapeutic Modalities (4)
    Fall (16) Winter (15) Spring (12)
Year 2   KIN 510
Internship (9)
KIN 510
Internship (5)
KIN 510
Internship (12)
KIN 567
Pharmacology in Athletic Training (3)
KIN 568
Athletic Training Program Management (3)
KIN 586
Lower Extremity Therapeutic Exercise (4)
KIN 585
Upper Extremity Therapeutic Exercise (4)
  NUTR 535
Nutrition and Exercise: Macronutrients and Energy Metabolism (3)


Why is the degree a Master of Athletic Training (MATRN) and not a MAT or MSAT?

The degree is Master of Athletic Training because it is a professional degree similar to a Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Business Administration (MBA). A professional degree trains you to work as a professional, whereas a master of science degree prepares you be a researcher.

Our mission is to prepare you for the challenges of the ever-expanding athletic training profession and believe the primary focus should be on your development as a clinician - not as a researcher.

Even though the emphasis is on your clinical skills, you will complete a course that will help you develop skills to evaluate and translate research into practice. Additionally, all of our faculty infuse current research into the courses they teach.

We use MATRN because at OSU the abbreviation, MAT, is a Master of Arts in Teaching.


Will I be able to participate in research while in the program?

Yes. All students must complete a capstone project as part of the program. You will work directly with one of our six full-time athletic training faculty to complete your capstone project. This individualized approach allows the capstone to be designed in a way that meets the goals of each student.

Additionally, many of our full-time faculty have active research agendas. Visit the Athletic Training Faculty Page to learn more about our research.