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Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Producing competent athletic training graduates with a strong scientific foundational knowledge whom have the capability to practice as level II health care providers.

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The MS in Athletic Training (MSAT) provides students with personalized, high-quality experiential learning opportunities, both regionally and globally.

This CAATE accredited, cohort driven, full-time, entry-level professional program prepares students to successfully pass the athletic training Board of Certification (BOC) examination required for practicing athletic trainers.

Admission Criteria

    • Completed Application for Graduate Study
    • Completion of bachelor's degree by program start
    • Personal goals statement (up to 500 words), covering the following items: academic and occupational background, the development of your interest in athletic training, reasons for wanting to enter this program, qualities  you possess which will enhance functioning as an athletic training, career objective(s)
    • Two recommendations from professional references
    • Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR/AED) Certification at the level of a Healthcare Professional
    • Grade of C or better in the following courses 
      • Anatomy and Physiology 6-8 credits
      • Biology 3 credits
      • Chemistry 3 credits
      • Exercise Physiology 3 credits
      • Medical Terminology 3 credits
      • Basic Nutrition 3 credits
      • Physics 3 credits
      • Research Methods 3 credits
      • Statistics 3 credits

Course Sequence for MSAT*

Downloadable Advising Plan

Summer 1 (on-line June/July; face-to-face August)

Fall 1

Spring 1

Summer A 2

Summer C 2

Fall 2

Spring 2

Eligible to take the Athletic Training Board of Certification Exam (AT BOC)

Total: 65 credits


  • Practicum courses require a clinical education field experience component.
  • Students will engage in coursework during the summers of their academic program.
  • All courses must be passed with a B or higher before progressing in the sequence. In the first nine credits of the program, one course with a grade of B- or C may be allowed.
  • You must maintain current Health Care Provider Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) and First Aid certifications. 
  • Our school and agency partners require Mason students to be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check prior to practicum experiences. Students must assume the risk that due to the individual severity of notations on such a check and review by individual agencies, the program may not be able to be completed.


Student Fees

Fees: All ATEP courses will assess a $17 accreditation fee per credit, a $25 program fee per credit, a $200 practicum clinical supervision fee for ATEP 686, through student accounts when paying tuition. For more information on the need for these fees please see the Student Accounts website under College of Education and Human Development. For additional information on housing, transportation, and other costs please see the admissions Paying for College website

Additional Program Requirements

Health Insurance: All students will be required to show proof of health insurance during ATEP 525. MSAT students will be required to maintain health insurance throughout the program. Students choosing to not provide proof of health insurance will be required to sign a Health Insurance Declination Form.

Travel: It is the student's responsibility to arrange for transportation to and from the clinical education site which will be located either off or on campus.

Technical Standards: In ATEP 525 students must submit a Technical Standards Certification Statement indicating that they have read, understand, and can meet the Technical Standards for athletic training Students either with or without accommodation. These standards outline the essential functional tasks that students must be able to perform in order to enroll in and complete the program. Students requiring special accommodations are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services.

Immunizations: Athletic training students are required to obtain a physical health exam and provide immunization records before entering the professional phase of the program. Students must provide evidence of completion of Hepatitis B immunization and may be required to provide proof of tuberculosis screening. Students choosing not to complete Hepatitis B Immunizations will be required to sign a declination waiver.

Trainings: All students must complete annual bloodborne pathogens training, All students must have Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR, AED) certifications before entering their first clinical experience and maintain these certifications through the remainder of the MSAT. Emergency Cardiac Care Certification must include the following: adult & pediatric CPR, airway obstruction, 2nd rescuer CPR, AED and barrier devices (e.g., pocket mask, bag valve mask). The following courses are examples of acceptable courses:

  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer-American Red Cross
  • BLS for Healthcare Providers-American Heart Association
  • CPR for Professionals-American Safety & Health Institute
  • Professional Rescuer CPR-National Safety Council
  • First Responder CPR/AED-American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Basic Life Support for Professionals-Medic First Aid
  • ACLS-American Heart Association
  • Healthcare Provider CPR/AED-Emergency Response Institute
Background Check: Our school and agency partners require Mason students to be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check prior to practicum experiences. Students must assume the risk that due to the individual severity of notations on such a check and review by individual agencies, the program may not be able to be completed.
Licensure Disclosure

This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.

George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.