Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

Students must apply as a graduate student to the MSAT program via ApplyTexas and ATCAS.

Applications to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program are reviewed on a rolling basis with one admission process annually.  The priority deadline for admissions is November 15th and the final deadline is April 15th to enter the program each summer. Applicants to the MSAT must meet the following requirements to be considered for regular admission. 

  1. Submit official transcripts and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher;
  2. Earn a grade of C or higher in all program prerequisite coursework;
  3. Complete a minimum of 50 clinical observation hours under the supervision of a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer (for students in the pipeline program, this can be completed in ATTR 2300 at the undergraduate level);
  4. Submit proof of current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association;
  5. Submit a completed program Immunization Review Form that is signed by a Primary Care Provider (MD, DO, PA, NP) and
  6. Provide a minimum of two completed evaluation forms. One of these must be from an Athletic Trainer who supervised the student’s observation hours. 

Students applying to the 3+2 program must additionally:

  1. Demonstrate an undergraduate major GPA of 3.25 or higher for all required coursework; and
  2. Complete all program prerequisites with a C or better prior to applying to the program.

Students applying to the stand-alone two-year program must additionally:

  1. Demonstrate completion of a bachelor’s degree with an official transcript from the awarding institution; and
  2. Complete all program prerequisites with a C or better prior to the start of the program.

Prerequisite coursework is designated as either required or recommended.  The required coursework must be satisfactorily completed (a grade of C or better) to be considered for regular admission to the MSAT program. The recommended coursework is optional but completed work in this area may benefit the student in their pursuit of admission to the MSAT program. Recommended prerequisite coursework that is completed at the time of program application will add additional points to the candidate acceptance rubric for the proposed degree. Prerequisite coursework is available here

Admission and Notification of Admission

The Athletic Training Program Selection Committee, made up of faculty and staff members, licensed health care professionals, and those who serve as Clinical Preceptors for the program, selects admitted students. The MSAT program can accept a maximum of 20 students annually. Admission requirements including overall GPA, prerequisite GPA, interview scores, writing scores (from personal statement), and recommendations.

Once the selection committee has selected the candidates for admission to the program, the Athletic Training Program will send each applicant an acceptance letter. Applicants accepting the invitation to enter the program must return an acceptance form. If the applicant chooses not to enter the program, the selection committee shall have a list of alternates in order of rank to offer program admission.


Students who have been accepted to the MSAT program and enroll in 5000-level classes will be considered Graduate Level Students. This includes 3+2 MSAT program students. Graduate status will affect tuition, financial aid availability, and the types of scholarships students are eligible for. Graduate students also must adhere to policies within the SHSU Graduate Student Catalog (SHSU Catalog Directory).