Apply to the Athletic Training Master’s Program

Admissions Requirements

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Admission to the MSAT (professional program in athletic training) requires:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited school of higher education 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.
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement for the UW Graduate School discuss your reasons for pursuing a career in athletic training and future professional healthcare goals. One 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.
  • An essay on the ATCAS application that addresses the specific question under writing sample. This essay should be different than your personal statement.
  • A grade of “C” or better in the prerequisite courses or their equivalent

Admissions Criteria / Selection  

Students who complete the outlined application process will be evaluated using a Holistic Review / Rolling Admissions process (completed applications are reviewed as they come in between 12/1 and 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.

How to Apply

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

Apply through the UW–Madison Graduate School


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

Apply through ATCAS

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Andrew Winterstein | AT Program Director

Stephanie Trigsted | Graduate Studies Coordinator

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