How to Apply to the Athletic Training Program

You must meet the program's minimum requirements to be eligible for the program. 

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
    • Science GPA includes all courses with subject codes of Biology/Zoology, Chemistry, and Physics

Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • The candidate must have completed the following prerequisites with a grade of C or higher
  • All prerequisite coursework must be earned from a regionally accredited institution and be verifiable through official transcripts, or accepted by a U.S. equivalency reporting agency
  • A single course cannot be used to meet multiple requirements
  • All applicants must complete the required prerequisites
    • Five of the eight required prerequisites must be completed at the time of application
    • A plan to complete outstanding coursework must be documented in the application
    • Any outstanding prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher
      • Any grades under “B” can disqualify an applicant from matriculating into the program
    • All transcripts for outstanding prerequisite coursework must be received by CMU no later than July 1
  • Pre-requisite coursework (CMU equivalent)
    • Biology (BIOL 101/101L)
    • General Chemistry (CHEM 131/131L and 132/132L)
    • Physics (PHYS 100)
    • Psychology (PSYC 150)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 209/209L and 210/210L)
    • Statistics (STATS 200)
    • Biomechanics (KINE 370/370L)
    • Nutrition (KINE 203)
    • Exercise Physiology (KINE 303/303L)
  • Additionally, applicants must obtain 135 hours of post-high school athletic training experience (3 credit hours of KINE 499). 
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.
  • To be considered for an interview, all applicants for whom English is a second language must achieve a minimum score of 550 paper-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; 213 on the computer-based tests or 79-80 on the internet-based test), within the past two years. 
  • Advanced placement will not be granted under any circumstance. 
  • All students who enter the program must fulfill all program requirements.


Unofficial transcripts of all college and university work (Official Transcripts will be required once admitted)

  • Applicants must request transcripts from each institution attended or from a transcript service.

  • Recent CMU graduates (within 1 year) may submit transcripts from MAVzone.  

Statement of Intent

  • A formal, concise Statement of Intent should explain, at the graduate level, why the Applicant believes they would be successful in the CMU Athletic Training Program and discuss his/her professional goals. 


  • A current resume or curriculum vitae will need to be submitted

Letters of Recommendation

  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic potential and professional athletic training capabilities
    • One should be from a university faculty member who is familiar with the applicant's academic abilities.

    • One should come from a clinical Athletic Trainer who has evaluated the applicant's current or prior skills.

CASPer Exam

CASPer is an online situational judgment test that is used to assess non-academic attributes that we believe are important for successful students and Athletic Trainers. The CASPer exam score will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and considered in the final scoring of the application. Your application will not be reviewed until we receive the results of your CASPer Exam. More information about the CASPer Exam is available at:

CASPer Testing Dates:

October 23rd

November 3rd & 19th

December 11th

January 9th

February 27th

April 2nd

For more information about CASPer Exam dates, Click Here

To register for a CASper Exam, Click Here

****NOTE: If you do not have a CMU ID (700#), please use 700 plus your 6 digit birthday (mm/dd/yy) as your CMU ID when registering for the CASPer Exam. (Example for a 1/26/1999 birthday: 700012699)

To initiate the application process, you will use the ATCAS application system which can be accessed HERE.

The application will be available in ATCAS on October 4th and we will be accepted until April 5th. 

Final application scores are determined based on the Committee Review of the completed admission requirements. Applicants are invited for a web-based interview via Zoom based upon their standing in the overall scoring. 

Interview Dates for August 2020 start: Mid to Late April

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