Athletic Training Admissions

I’m glad you have made it to this corner of the web site to explore the curriculum and admissions requirements. I hope that means you are genuinely interested in Athletic Training and considering the UW-Madison MSAT,

Andrew WintersteinWe certainly want the best and brightest but what I really admire in students in a genuine curiosity, love of learning, and a willingness to work hard toward your goals.

Our program prepares leaders for the future of AT. We want you to become one of those leaders.

Best of luck and, always, ON WISCONSIN!

~Dr. Winterstein

Admissions Requirements

Student will apply to the MSAT (Master of Science in AT) program and have their application for admission reviewed using the ATCAS system.
The ATCAS application requires:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited school of higher education recognized by the UW Graduate School completed by the start of the program.
  • Transcripts from each college, university, or technical college attended showing work completed and in progress.
  • Observation of two Certified Athletic Trainers in different clinical practice settings. Students applying for admission to the UW-Madison MSAT Program must complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of volunteer or clinical observation experiences in an athletic training. These forms are submitted with the ATCAS application. Click here to download the hours verification form.
  • Two Essays will be required; a personal statement and an essay that addresses the specific question under the writing sample section.  This essay should be different than your required personal statement.
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation.
  • A grade of “C” or better in the prerequisite courses or their equivalent.

IF AN OFFER OF ADMISSION is extended the student must
then apply to the UW – Madison Graduate School

The UW – Madison Graduate School application requires: 

  • Transcripts from each college, university, or technical college attended showing work complete and in progress.
  • A personal statement for the UW Graduate School; discuss your reasons for pursuing a career in athletic training and future professional healthcare goals.  Once to two pages is considered an appropriate length for the personal statement.
  • A copy of your CV or resume is also required for the UW Graduate School application.

Admissions Criteria / Selection  

Students who complete the ATCAS application process will be evaluated using a Holistic Review / Rolling Admissions process (completed applications are reviewed as they come in with early admission beginning 12/1 and ending 4/1). Once a completed application has been submitted that meets the criteria outlined above (pre-requisites, minimum GPA, and supporting documentation) applications are reviewed by a three-person admissions committee. The admissions committee adheres to the principles of a holistic review by recognizing that no singular piece of information tells the whole story of an applicant’s athletic training potential. This means that personal statements, letters of recommendation, academic and work experiences, as well as grades and pre-requisite requirements are considered as selections are made. The program is committed to a diverse group of learners who are committed to the profession of athletic training. Applicants are encouraged to review to the Dept. of Kinesiology diversity initiatives at:

Please Review the UW-Madison Guide for Complete Prerequisite and Admissions Information.

Applicants for the professional program in athletic training must complete the Athletic Training Central Application Service (ATCAS) application:

Apply through ATCAS

ATCAS Fee Waiver Information


Applicants for all graduate programs must complete a UW-Madison Graduate school application:

Apply through the UW–Madison Graduate School

Contact Information

Andrew Winterstein | AT Program Director

Patrick Hills-Meyer | Clinical Education Coordinator

Erin McGowan | Graduate Studies Program Manager

Graduate School

Contact the AT Program to Inquire About Grad School Application Fee Waivers