Winthrop University: COE - Athletic Training - MS - ATRN - Application and Admission Procedures

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 1 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 1. 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 1.
  2. Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or greater.
  3. Complete the following coursework with a C or better:
         Human Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
         Human Physiology or Anatmoy & Physiology II with lab
         General Biology
         General Physics
         General Chemistry
         Human Nutrition
         Exercise Physiology
         General Psychology
  4. Current certification in Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.
  5. Documentation of 75 hours of observation with certified athletic trainers.
  6. 2 recommendations from individuals who can verify applicant’s aptitude for graduate study.
  7. 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.
  8. Successful completion of an invited on-campus interview with the MS-ATRN Selection Committee.


It is anticipated that 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.

Administrative approval of the use of ATCAS is pending and will be formalized in early fall 2022. Please check back or send inquiries to Dr. Alice McLaine, Program Director , for updated instructions.

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

Last Updated: 7/27/22