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MS in Athletic Training (MSAT)

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who prevent, evaluate, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate emergent, acute, and chronic injuries and illnesses in direct collaboration with a physician. Athletic trainers are employed at a variety of settings that include, but, are not limited to:

  • Professional, Olympic, collegiate, interscholastic, and recreational sports
  • Rehabilitation centers and clinics focused on sports medicine, orthopedics, cardiac rehabilitation, wellness, and neurological rehabilitation
  • Physician practices
  • Hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers
  • Occupational health in industrial, manufacturing, and distribution centers
  • Law enforcement and fire departments, branches of the military, NASA
  • Performing arts including performance, dance, and acting

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the athletic training profession is projected to grow 19% between 2018 and 2028. This is much faster than the average growth for all occupations.

The athletic training program at UGA is a two-year, six-semester program that will prepare students to become highly skilled and confident healthcare practitioners in the profession of athletic training capable to practice in a variety of clinical settings.

Highlights

What sets UGA’s athletic training program apart from other programs?

  • Students complete clinical education experiences in the Southeastern Conference!
  • Over 40 weeks of immersive clinical experiences
  • Individually tailored clinical experiences to professional goals
  • Opportunity to obtain emergency medicine technician (EMT) credential
  • Option to conduct research and prepare for a terminal degree
  • Opportunity to study abroad
  • Faculty and staff expertise in behavioral health, biomechanics and injury, concussion, emergency care, environmental conditions, manual therapy, and spine evaluation and treatment

Program Outcomes

The athletic training program boasts a high level of student success. See our most current program outcomes to learn more about the success of our athletic training students.

Virtual Information Sessions

Prospective students are encouraged to register for an upcoming virtual information session to learn more about the MS in Athletic Training.

During the session, the program director will cover the MSAT application process, curriculum, and clinical education schedule. There will also be a designated time for questions from attendees.

To register, just click on the date/time that works best for you (under Upcoming Dates on this page). You’ll be prompted to register for that session, and will receive a confirmation with a link for it when your registration is complete.

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Accreditation Information

The Athletic Training Program at the University of Georgia is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students who successfully complete the Master of Science in Athletic Training program will be eligible to take the Board of Certification Examination. Certification as an athletic trainer through the Board of Certification is required to practice as an athletic trainer.

Curriculum

The athletic training curriculum is a 79-credit, two-year, six-semester program. Classes are offered in an accelerated manner to allow for an immersive clinical education. Students can only complete this program on a full-time basis.

The program’s unique and progressive curriculum includes:

  • 2 courses on cadaver anatomy
  • 8 courses on evaluation and treatment
  • A course preparing students to treat athletes with disabilities
  • A course preparing students to read and perform diagnostic testing and imaging

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal .

How to Apply

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree program will begin accepting applications for the Summer 2023 cohort on June 30, 2022. Applicants to the program must follow a two-step application process, described below.

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. However, for the strongest consideration, students should apply to, and be verified by, ATCAS and the University of Georgia Graduate School, by November 27th, 2022. Applications received after this date will be reviewed, but only after those submitted by the initial deadline are considered until the class is full. Applications will not be reviewed until applications to UGA and ATCAS are completed and verified.

Step One: Apply to UGA’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program through ATCAS.

Applicants will apply directly to ATCAS and upload the required documentation.

The Athletic Training Program conducts a competitive admission process. In order to be admitted to the MSAT program, students must minimally meet the following requirements:

Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the athletic training program at UGA.

  • Completed program pre-requisites within 10 years of application
  • Pre-requisite courses completed at the post-secondary level, within 10 years of program application
  • At least 8 of the 10 program pre-requisites must be complete or in progress by the application deadline. Transcripts for in-process courses must be submitted after the semester in order for program review. All pre-requisites must be complete by program matriculation.
    • General Biology (3 credits minimum) (lab preferred)
    • General Chemistry (3 credits minimum) (lab preferred)
    • General Physics (3 credits minimum) (lab preferred)
    • Anatomy and Physiology I & II (3 credits minimum/class) (labs preferred)
    • General psychology (3 credits)
    • Statistics (3 credits)
    • Nutrition (3 credits) (sports nutrition preferred)
    • Exercise Physiology (3 credits minimum) (lab preferred)
    • Applied Kinesiology or Biomechanics (3 credits minimum) (lab preferred)
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum Pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 with no grade below a “C”.
  • Minimum GPA for the last 60 hours completed of 3.0
  • 50 hours of observation of an athletic trainer within 5 years of application
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    Although anyone who can speak to your personal and professional characteristics may be an appropriate individual to write your letters of reference, preference will be given to strong letters from physicians and allied health professionals. At least one letter of recommendation must be from an athletic trainer or physician familiar with sports medicine (an athletic trainer is strongly encouraged.). Please do not submit letters of recommendation from a family member.
  • Completed Essays
  • Submission of a current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Students whose native language is not English must submit English proficiency test scores and meet the minimum language proficiency threshold. Please self-report scores via ATCAS and have official test scores sent directly to the UGA Graduate School . For additional information please refer to the Graduate School’s website .

The University of Georgia does NOT require GRE scores for MS in Athletic Training program admission.

Step Two: Submit Supplementary Application to the UGA Graduate School

Applicants will submit a supplementary application and reduced application fee ($51.50 for domestic students/$77.25 for international students) directly to the UGA Graduate School. Documentation such as statements of purpose, resumes, and letters of recommendation do not need to be included in your UGA Graduate School application.

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Candidate Selection

The Athletic Training Program Admissions Committee will review all applications that meet the minimum criteria for admissions on an ongoing and rolling basis. Once program application materials have been reviewed, recommended applicants will be invited for a virtual interview. Formal admission will be offered to the top candidates, based upon overall and pre-requisite GPA, observation experiences, essays, recommendations, and interviews.

UGA Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

For information on the UGA Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, please visit the Equal Opportunity Office website .

Transfer of Credit Policy

The Master of Science in Athletic Training Program will typically not accept a transfer of credits. Students wishing to be considered for transfer credit should contact the Program Director.

Adjunct Opportunities

Although not guaranteed, students in the athletic training program at the University of Georgia have had many opportunities to complete internships with several professional organizations, including:

Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, N.Y. Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins

Clinical Education

Students will complete clinical education experiences during each semester. Clinical education experiences will be tailored to the goals of the student. Students have opportunities to complete clinical education experiences across the country and internationally.

View the proposed clinical education plan .

All students will gain experience working with:

  • UGA football and other sports
  • Secondary schools
  • Physician offices
  • Orthopedics (clinic and surgery)
  • Emergency departments
  • EMS
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurological conditions/concussion
  • Behavioral health
  • Radiology

Students must be able to provide their own transportation to and from clinical sites. Clinical Education Experiences and Supplemental Clinical Experiences may occur up to approximately 75 miles away from Athens. During the spring of the 1st year and the fall of the 2nd year, students may choose to complete their immersion experiences at a great distance from Athens. During these experiences, students may choose to live near their clinical sites. Identifying housing options, and the cost of this relocation is the responsibility of the student.

2022 – 2023 Academic and Clinical Schedule

  • March 14 – May 11
    1st Year Clinicals (College / University – UGA or student Choice)
  • June 8 & 9, 2022
    1st Year Student Orientation
  • June 9, 2022
    2nd Year Student Competency Examination
  • June 10 – July 8, 2022
    AT Courses – ATTR 6000, ATTR 6550, ATTR 6560, ATTR 7830
  • June 10 – August 5, 2022
    AT Courses – ATTR 6500, ATTR 7800, ATTR 6300, ATTR 7100
  • July 11 – August 5, 2022
    AT Courses – ATTR 6010, ATTR 6100
  • August 6 – August 14, 2022
    1st Year Break
  • August 15 – September 18, 2022
    1st Year Clinical 1a (HS or UGA Football)
  • August 15 – December 14, 2022
    2nd Yar Clinical / Classes (clinical dates may be negotiable)
  • September 19 – November 13, 2022
    1st Year Coursework and Supplemental Clinical Experiences
  • November 14 – December 18, 2022
    1st Year Clinical 1b (HS or UGA Football)
  • January 9 – March 5th, 2023
    1st Year Classes and Supplemental Clinical Experiences
  • January 9 – March 5th, 2023
    2nd Year Clinicals
  • March 6 – March 12, 2023
    Spring Break
  • March 13 – May 9, 2023
    1st Year Clinicals (College / University – UGA or student Choice)
  • March 13 – May 9, 2023
    2nd Year Classes and supplemental Clinical Experiences
  • Spring 2023
    2nd Year Competency Examination
  • May 12, 2023
    Class of 2023 Graduation
  • June 7 & 8, 2023
    1st Year Student Orientation
  • June 8, 2023
    2nd Year Student Competency Examination
  • June 9 – July 7, 2023
    AT Courses – ATTR 6000, ATTR 6550, ATTR 6560, ATTR 7830
  • June 9 – August 4, 2023
    AT Courses – ATTR 6500, ATTR 7800, ATTR 6300, ATTR 7100
  • July 10 – August 4, 2023
    AT Courses – ATTR 6010, ATTR 6100

Program Expenses

Information regarding tuition, fees, and cost of attendance can be found on the Bursar and Treasury Services website . Students will pay the Standard rate for Master Students based upon residency.

Based upon the tuition and fees for the 2020 – 2021 academic year, cost of attendance (excluding personal expenses) are:

In-State Students

  • Year 1 UGA Tuition & Fees: $14,746
  • Year 2 UGA Tuition & Fees: $13,637
  • Total: $28,383

Out-of-State Students

  • Year 1 UGA Tuition & Fees: $38,534
  • Year 2 UGA Tuition & Fees: $35,391
  • Total: $73,925

Additional Costs

  • Background Check – Year 1
    $37.50
  • Background Check – Year 2
    $18.00
  • Liability insurance
    ~$25.00 / year
  • Personal AT equipment
    ~$100.00
  • NATA Membership
    $80.00
  • BOC Examination – Year 2
    $365 (if NATA Member)/ $390 (non-NATA Member)
  • Drug Screens
    Dependent upon clinical sites
  • Clothing
    Variable
  • Clinical Transportation
    Variable
  • Books
    Variable per year / course
  • Immunizations
    Varies based upon health insurance and medical history
  • Parking

Graduate Assistantships are not offered through the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. Students seeking financial assistance should refer to the College of Education Financial Assistance page for information.

Study Abroad

Students have the opportunity to complete a study abroad experience in Taiwan during the Maymester.

This program will allow students to learn athletic training techniques, traditional Chinese therapeutic techniques, and Eastern medicine practices.

Additional Resources

If you have any questions about the Athletic Training Program, please email Dr. Jill Manners (Program Director) or use our online form .

Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

Meet the Faculty

A close working relationship with your advisor is key as you progress through your program of study. Please note that most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance.

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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Student Life

Work with UGA Athletic Association strength and conditioning coaches in football and Olympic sports, and gain experience from other professionals in the field through internships and practicums.

Take classes from faculty members who are respected as leaders in their field. Our faculty members believe in team science, which allows you to participate in research projects across many labs and disciplines. Also, you may participate in research funded by grants from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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