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Admission Requirements

Each cohort starts in August and early review applications may be submitted any time before May 31st. Applications will be reviewed until each cohort is full or July 15th.

  • There is no GRE requirement.
  • Prerequisite courses for the program are listed below:
    • Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 for 8 credits – this must be taken before arriving
    • Basic chemistry for 3 credits this can be the non-lab version
    • Basic physics  for 3 credits this can be the non-lab and non-calculus version
    • Intro to psychology for 3 credits
    • Statistics for 3 credits
    • Nutrition for 3 credits
    • Basic motor learning for 3 credits
    • Kinesiology or biomechanics for 3 credits
    • Exercise physiology for 3 credits
  • Students may still be admitted if some prerequisites are missing but would have to complete them by the start of the second year in the program.
  • Students must also meet the graduate school requirements to be fully admitted

Additional application requirements include

  • A transcript from each college attended
  • Write one essay of no more than three double-spaced pages in response to the prompts below.
    • What is/are your primary career goal(s)?
    • What in your life has most directly influenced your choice of becoming an Athletic Trainer?
    • Describe your attributes and personal experiences that you feel are clearly and directly related to the profession of Athletic Training.
    • What is your knowledge of issues and trends in the profession?
    • What areas and topics do you hope to study?
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, it is preferred if one of the letters of recommendation is from an Athletic Trainer, but not required
  • Resume: A current resume is not required, but applicants are encouraged to include one.
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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are designed to provide financial support and research opportunities for graduate students while they pursue their degrees. Graduate Assistants aid one or more faculty mentors in their research or other assigned work and are expected to be highly available. All Graduate Assistants are required to provide 20 hours of service per week (September-June), including during academic breaks, and attend weekly seminars. Graduate Assistants must be accepted into the degree program by the Graduate School, and be selected through the Graduate Assistant application process within the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education. To initiate the departmental Graduate Assistant application process click the link below. It is recommended that you become familiar with the research conducted within the department by contacting the department faculty and by reviewing the program website. To have the best chance of being selected as a Graduate Assistant it is suggested to have all application materials, including application to the graduate school, completed by March 15th for the following academic year.

Department of Exercise Science and Sports Studies Graduate Assistant Application