MS in Athletic Training

This entry-level professional program prepares students to become athletic trainers. This program features a blend of classroom and clinical learning as students acquire an evidence-based approach to the prevention, diagnosis, immediate management, and rehabilitation of orthopedic and general health conditions in patients/clients who have an active lifestyle. This curriculum is designed for full-time study; part-time enrollment is not an option.

Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Applicants must gather and submit all required materials to the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). For all admission details, please see our website.


  • GRE scores (Boston University ATCAS code 1767)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member or academic advisor)
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • Transcript verification of completion of a baccalaureate degree (required by start of program)
  • Transcript verification of completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    • Human Anatomy (3–4 cr; one course with lab. When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet the requirements.)
    • Human Physiology (3–4 cr; one course with lab. When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet the requirements.)
    • Chemistry (3–4 cr; one course with lab)
    • Physics (3–4 cr; one course with lab required; recommended: two-semester sequence with lab.) The physics requirement can also be fulfilled with these two Boston University courses: CAS PY 104 Physics for Health Sciences and HP 565 Biomechanics from Boston University (8 cr).
    • Statistics (3–4 cr; must include descriptive statistics, correlation, introduction to interferential statistics.)
    • Exercise Physiology (3–4 cr)

Prerequisite Courses

You may have prerequisite courses still in progress by the application deadline, but all prerequisites must be completed by the start of the program. Questions regarding whether a course fulfills one of the above requirements should be directed to the Senior Program Coordinator, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 or by email to Please include a course description with your inquiry. Additional information, such as a course syllabus, may be requested.

Degree Requirements

Candidates must complete a minimum of 68 credits (not including the optional elective for EMT training) in the classes designated below to fulfill degree requirements. All courses are 4 credits unless otherwise indicated; all requirements must be completed within two years of initial acceptance. An overall grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation, and all classes must be completed with a grade of C or better. For further details, please see the MSAT Policy & Procedure Manual on our website.


Year 1—Summer

  • HS 581 Gross Human Anatomy (summer session 1)
  • AT 520 Functional Anatomy (summer session 2)
  • AT 510 Examination & Treatment I (summer session 2)

Year 1—Fall

  • AT 572 Principles of Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr)
  • AT 511 Examination & Treatment II (6 cr)
  • HP 531 Clinical Medicine I
  • AT 525 Connecting Policy to Practice (3 cr)
  • AT 597 Clinical Experience I (2 cr)

Year 1—Spring

  • AT 512 Examination & Treatment III (6 cr)
  • HP 532 Clinical Medicine II
  • AT 530 Behavioral Health (3 cr)
  • AT 598 Clinical Experience II

Year 2—Summer

  • AT 599 Clinical Experience III: Primary Care
  • PT 634 Diagnostic Procedures for Rehab Professionals
  • EMT for the Athletic Trainer (elective)
  • AT 600 Clinical Experience IV (1 cr, 8-week full-time experience; beginning early- to mid-August to late October)

Year 2—Fall

  • AT 672 Patient-Oriented Evidence for Athletic Trainers (3 cr)*

Short Academic Semester (late October to end of semester)

  • AT 630 Pharmacology (2 cr)
  • AT 631 Health & Wellness Promotion (2 cr)
  • AT 632 Health Care Management and Quality Improvement (2 cr)
  • AT 633 Performance Enhancement in Sport (2 cr)

Year 2—Spring

  • AT 601 Clinical Experience V (1 cr, 12-week experience)
  • AT 650 Clinical Reasoning Capstone (2 cr, two-week class; on-campus)

*Class begins concurrently with Clinical Education IV and continues once back on campus.