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Prospective Students

Admission Requirements

MSAT program applications for the Summer 2022 cohort open on ATCAS July 1, 2021.  Please use this link to start your application.

Admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training program is competitive with a limited number of seats available each year. Applicants are expected to meet technical standards, pass a background check, and comply with health and safety standards including vaccination requirements. Completion of the application does not guarantee admission to the Master of Science in AT program.

To be considered for the Master of Science in Athletic Training program, applicants must:

  • Have completed a B.A. or B.S. degree at an accredited institution in the United States OR have completed the first three years of undergraduate work for the 3+2 combined program at the University of Iowa.
  • U2G students must complete 80 s.h. of undergraduate coursework at the University of Iowa
  • Transfer students need to have completed 30 s.h. at the University of Iowa
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00. (U2G students are required to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25).
  • Submit the application to the Graduate College though the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS); set up a University of Iowa account, and pay the supplemental fee
  • Two letters of recommendation (1 medical professional and 1 academic professional)
  • A resume
  • A statement of purpose/career goals
  • Submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if English is not your native language, taken within the last 2 years.  Only the IBT (Internet Based Test) form of the TOEFL will be accepted. We require a total score of 93 and a speaking score of 26 for entry into our program
  • Have current CPR certification obtained within one year— Basic Life Support (BLS) or Professional Rescuer level and must be consistent with Board of Certification standards
  • Have current First-Aid certification obtained within one year
  • Submit a signed a copy of the programs Technical Standards for Admission form
  • Complete a minimum of 50 hours of observation under a Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Complete required prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or higher in biology, chemistry, physics, human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, general psychology, biomechanics/kinesiology, nutrition, and statistics. Pre-requisite course equivalency will be determined by the Program Director on a case by case basis.
  • Additional recommended coursework in medical terminology, introductory coursework in AT, public health, motor learning, or additional psychology coursework.
  • We accept community college coursework.  We accept online coursework from accredited universities.  AP/CLEP coursework may satisfy course requirements if listed on a college transcript.
  • The GRE is NOT required for admission.


Course Minimum Credits Other


3 credits With or without lab
Chemistry 3 credits With or without lab
Physics 3 credits With or without lab
Human Anatomy 3 credits May be taken combined with Human Physiology (2 semesters minimum if combined)
Human Physiology 3 credits May be taken combined with Human Anatomy (2 semesters minimum if combined)
Exercise Physiology 3 credits  
Nutrition 3 credits General or sport
Statistics 3 credits  
Psychology 3 credits General Psychology is required, additional psychology coursework is recommended
Biomechanics/Kinesiology 3 credits  

*Pre-requisite courses must have a grade of C or better.

Applications are reviewed immediately upon submission and MUST be submitted by February 1 each year.  Following the February 1 deadline, admission will be rolling.  Coursework begins during the summer session, early June.  A personal interview is also required.  Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.