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Advance your skills in injury prevention, evaluation, immediate care, and rehabilitation through this clinically based master's degree program for credentialed athletic trainers.

You will engage in classroom and hands-on learning by participating in academic, laboratory, and clinical work in diverse settings throughout the course of the program.

Program Highlights

  1. One- to two-year program for those who hold Athletic Trainer credentials
  2. Coursework involves academic, laboratory, and clinical work; no thesis required
  3. Limited number of assistantships available on a competitive basis
  4. Access to well-equipped research laboratories and a working fitness center

Deadline to Apply

January 10

Faculty and Curriculum

Our clinically based program emphasizes advancing your knowledge and skills as an athletic trainer, with no research thesis required.

Through coursework and laboratory sessions, you'll delve into cutting-edge evaluation and rehabilitation techniques, acute care, and exercise science. You will also build hands-on experience working with the various healthcare providers on a sports medicine team.

Required courses make up the majority of your studies (29-32 of the required 36 hours). You will work with your major professor in selecting electives to fulfill the remaining credits. Required coursework includes:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Research methods
  • Motor learning and control
  • Advanced orthopedic assessment
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Advanced techniques in orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Neurological aspects of sport injuries
  • Performance-enhancing drugs in sports
  • Emergency care
  • Research seminar

Study with faculty who have expertise in a wide range of exercise science subject areas. Two faculty members, Julianne Schmidt and Rob Lynall, serve as the program's primary student advisors. Bud Cooper also teaches in the program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

You'll gain hands-on experience in our well-equipped athletic training laboratory, as well as our many other research labs, including aging and physical performance, biomechanics, exercise psychology, exercise vascular biology, cognition and skill acquisition, metabolism and body composition, and neuromuscular physiology labs.

Our fitness center, which holds adult fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, and senior adult programs for university faculty/staff and the Athens community, provides additional opportunities to apply what you are learning.

Work with a sports medicine team, assisting and learning from the various healthcare providers involved.

Earn a stipend working in the athletic department through an assistantship, available on a competitive basis.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the MS in Kinesiology (Athletic Training)

This program is for students who have:

  • Completed an undergraduate or graduate program in athletic training at a CAATE-accredited institution
  • Earned the athletic training credential (ATC)
  • Met requirements for licensure in Georgia

You are also expected to have taken undergraduate foundation classes in: - Anatomy - Physiology - Exercise physiology - Biomechanics - Physical fitness assessment and development - Nutrition

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
January 10

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