Athletic Training

MS - ATRN - Application and Admission Procedures


Application Procedures

For 3+2 Students: 

Students who enter Winthrop University as undergraduates will pursue the 3+2 MS-ATRN which earns a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and the MS-ATRN at the conclusion of five years of study. Students in this program will select a major in Exercise Science, Athletic Training concentration. These students will complete required prerequisite course work and all application requirements and apply for admission into the MS-ATRN by February 15 of the third year. If admitted into the MS-ATRN, graduate course work for the MS-ATRN begins in the summer following the third year. The final two years require year round coursework (summer, fall, spring).

Undergraduate students who are not admitted or choose not to apply for the MS-ATRN may complete a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Exercise Science concentration.


For Post-Baccalaureate Students: 

Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree with a major other than athletic training, may apply directly to the MS-ATRN program. Such applicants must meet all application requirements and apply for admission by February 15. If admitted into the MS-ATRN, coursework will begin in the summer semester of the same year. The MS-ATRN requires year round coursework (summer, fall, spring). Students completing this program will earn the MS-ATRN.


Admission Criteria (for all prospective students)

  1. Submit formal application by February 15.
  2. Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or greater.
  3. Complete the following required coursework with a C or better:
         Human Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
         Human Physiology or Anatomy & Physiology II with lab
         General Biology
         General Physics
         General Chemistry 
         General Psychology
  4. Complete the following preferred course work with a C or better (if possible):
         Human Nutrition
         Exercise Physiology
  5. Current certification from the Red Cross or the American Heart Association in CPR and AED.
  6. Documentation of 75 hours of observation with certified athletic trainers.
  7. 2 recommendations from individuals who can verify applicant’s aptitude for graduate study.
  8. Non-native English speakers must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or at least 79 on the internet based test, an IELTS score of at least 6 or successful completion of level 112 of the Intensive English for Academic Purposes Program from an English Language School (ELS) center.
  9. Successful completion of an invited interview with the MS-ATRN Selection Committee.

Formal applications will be submitted through the Athletic Training Common Application System (ATCAS). For each application cycle, there is a fee paid directly to ATCAS. Access to ATCAS is available here.

Upon review of applications, applicants who demonstrate appropriate eligibility standards will be invited for an interview.

Students who are invited for an interview meet with the MS-ATRN Admission Selection Committee that is comprised of the Program Director, Coordinator of Clinical Education, Athletic Training Faculty, two  preceptors (if available), and two current athletic training students.

Each applicant will be given a score for the following areas:

  1. Cumulative GPA: Points of GPA x 2 (Example: 3.3 GPA gets 6.6 points)
  2. Letters of Reference: Average of scores of Athletic Training Faculty (0-4 points)
  3. Content of Essay: Average of scores of Athletic Training Faculty (0-20 points)
  4. Interview Impressions of Athletic Training faculty: Average of scores (0-14 points)
  5. Interview Impressions of athletic training students: Average of scores (0-7 points)

        Maximum Possible Score: 53 points

The scoring helps to rank the strength of applicants in case there are more applicants than spots available in the class.

Admission into the MS-ATRN program is a competitive process. Meeting minimum admission criteria and being invited for an interview does not guarantee admission to the program.


For further information, please contact:
Alice J. McLaine, PhD, SCAT, ATC
Director, Athletic Training Program
Department of Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance