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The University of Montana Athletic Training - Rising Above

New Program!

Stay Competitive with a Master's Degree in

from the University of Montana

Admission Requirements

Transfer students may take pre-requisite courses elsewhere and transfer into the institution for their final two years of graduate work. 

Pre-Athletic Training Requirements

The following pre-requisite classes or their equivalents are required to be completed before admission to the professional program:

a. Kinesiology/Biomechanics

b. Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, both with labs

c. Exercise Physiology

d. General Psychology

e. Basic Nutrition

f.  Statistics

g. Biology (For admission into program starting in 2020)

h. Chemistry (For admission into program starting in 2020)

i. Physics (For admission into program starting in 2020)

j. Preferred courses include:

Motor Control and Learning, and Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

Admission Policies

Students who desire admission into the Master's in Athletic Training Program must submit a formal application.  

Early Admission consideration: Students may submit their application for early consideration by November 1st. Up to half of the cohort may be filled at this time depending on the qualifications of the applicants. Applicants not accepted during early admission will still be considered with the regular admissions cycle unless the applicant does not meet the minimum application criteria. 

Regular Admissions: Applications and supporting materials are due no later than February 1st. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling admissions basis if available slots exist. Students are encouraged to apply by the February 1st deadline, as the program will likely reach capacity at that point. 

(A Note to Transfer students: As soon as you decide to transfer to the University of Montana, you should notify the Program Director immediately to review application requirements. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis.)

Scoring of Application

Initial Application Review

     Grade Point Average

20 points
     GRE Scores 20 points
     Application Essay 20 points
     Letters of Recommendation 20 points
     Professional Development Points*     10 points 
          *Includes observation hours, professional
           organization memberships,community service.
     Interview 30 points

Admission Requirements For Master's Program

1. Students must apply and be accepted to the University of Montana's Graduate School 

2. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all college coursework (a GPA below 3.0 may be considered)

3. Completed pre-requisite courses (students may be enrolled in pre-requisite courses at time of application)

4. Official transcript(s) of all college coursework

Instructions for Application to the Master’s in Athletic Training

1. Students should first apply to the University of Montana's Graduate School (

2. GRE scores (or test equivalent) should also be submitted to the Graduate School directly.

3. Recommendations:

Request three (3) professional recommendations and upload them to the graduate school website.

               A. All recommendations must be received by November1st/February 1st

               B. Please do not request a recommendation from a personal friend. (At least one letter from a Certified Athletic Trainer

 is strongly recommended.)

4. Essay (3 page maximum), which should address the following key points (upload to graduate school website):

               A. Reasons for desiring this professional career

               B. Career goals

               C. Attributes that you possess that will make you successful in life and as an athletic trainer

5. Current Resume

6. Transcript(s) and course work verification.  Obtain a current official copy of all college course work.  Students must complete or be in the process of completing required course work prior to application to the professional athletic training program.

Provisional Acceptance Guidelines

Once students are provisionally accepted into the professional program, students must provide the following documentation to be considered for full admission:

1. Each student must complete and provide verification of a Hepatitis-B vaccination series and titer (or must sign a waiver) (students may be in process).

2. Each student must obtain a tuberculosis test and provide verification of results. 

3. Technical Standards:  Each applicant must read and sign the "technical standards" document confirming that they understand and are able to comply with the established standards (included in the professional manual).

4. Completion of the agreement statement located in application packet.

5. Criminal Background Check: the student will be required to contact the vendor ( to begin the online process.  The cost will be approximately $55. For international students the background check may cost up to and over $150.  Contact the Program Director for the necessary information.

Students in the 5 year MAT program are classified as graduate students in years 4 and 5. As such, in those two years they are only eligible for graduate level financial aid. They are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant or for scholarships such as the MUS Honors scholarship where being an undergraduate is a condition of the award.


Student Profile

Master's in Athletic Training Program

Entering Class Average Cumulative

Average GRE

2019-2020 3.29 296
2018-2019 3.29 294
2017-2018 3.29 299
2016-2017 3.12 293
2015-2016 3.30 297
2014-2015 3.39 306
2013-2014 3.29 304