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The TCU Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) applications for Summer 2025 open on July 1, 2024.

Important things to know:

  • Must apply through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS)
  • Review of applications will begin November 1, 2024
  • Admissions are considered until the cohort is full or April 15
  • TCU students seeking early admission must apply in their third year
  • GRE not required for admission

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In order to gain admission to the Master of Science in athletic training program at TCU, applicants must meet these specific program requirements:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university. Admission is made on the assumption that applicants will have the bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation, and if not, the MSAT program admission is void (the GRE is not required).
    • TCU students who have declared the early admission master’s program (3+2) option that wish to apply to the professional phase of the MSAT program must complete at least 110 credit hours of undergraduate courses and the requirements for the movement science degree in kinesiology before beginning graduate level courses.
    • Students will complete 10 hours of dual undergraduate/graduate credit toward the MSAT in Summer I of the professional program. At the end of Summer I, assuming that all other undergraduate graduation requirements are met, the student will earn their Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (movement science option).
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher with a grade of C or better in all designated prerequisite courses (see below):
    • Completed program application through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service  (ATCAS).
      • References: Applicants must submit two (2) reference forms that include a letter of recommendation from people who can address the applicant’s academic abilities, interpersonal skills and potential for graduate education and professional athletic training practice.
      • Transcripts: Copy of all academic transcripts. Students who have taken prerequisites at another institution may be asked to submit syllabi to determine if course met the prerequisite.
      • Resume: Applicants must submit a current resume or vitae with their application.
      • Personal statement demonstrating strong written communication skills.
      • Interview: Applicants must also complete an interview as part of the admission process. 
  • Observation Experience: Verification of 100 hours of observation in an athletic training setting under the direct supervision of a BOC ATC (high school, college, clinic, etc.). Student should upload letter to ATCAS from supervising athletic trainer(s) verifying observation hours in that setting
  • Prerequisite Courses:
    • Biology I
    • Chemistry I
    • Physics I
    • Anatomy and Physiology I & II
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Health
    • Foundations of Sport Injuries
    • Psychology
    • Nutrition
    • Medical Terminology
    • Statistics

Students may apply to the TCU Master of Science in athletic training program starting July 1 through ATCAS.

Students following the early admissions master’s program (MO32 BS) option must apply through ATCAS and complete all of the above steps for program admission. Following this option does not guarantee admission to the program. Students who are not admitted to the professional program will complete their undergraduate degree in movement science.

Additional details can be found on the Applicant Review Form.

Review of applications will begin on November 1 and will continue until cohort is filled. Due to a summer start date, no applications will be accepted after April 15 of the application year.

  • Selected applicants will be notified by the program director of the final decision regarding admission status in writing through ATCAS.
  • All applicants will be evaluated in the same manner based on the following: GPA of 3.0 or higher and a grade of C or better in all designated prerequisite coursework, strength of references and letters of recommendation, essays, resume/curriculum vitae, verification of observation hours and strength of interview.

Applicants can refer to the Applicant Review Form for more information.

Cohort numbers may vary from year-to-year and are dependent on classroom space and availability of current clinical sites.

Once a cohort is filled, remaining applicants that meet the program criteria will be placed on a wait list. If an applicant is accepted into the program and declines the offer of acceptance and/or withdraws prior to the start of the academic program, applicants on the wait list will be notified in writing of their acceptance based on the order placed on the wait list.

Applicants receiving a letter of acceptance can choose to place themselves on the wait list, but will be placed at the bottom, and may only accept a position in the program at a later time if the cohort is not full.

Prior to the start of the program, students must complete the Technical Standards.

A Master of Science in athletic training (MSAT) is an investment in your future, and you don't have to navigate it alone. Explore the financial support options offered by the TCU Office of Financial Aid and athletic training-specific scholarships.

MSAT students receive a 40% tuition discount each semester in the program and may also be eligible for additional tuition-based scholarships.

Financial Aid

Students in the MSAT program will have expenses for the clinical portion, including transportation, pants, shorts and tennis shoes. Costs may vary.

The following courses have associated fees to support lab and student activities:

  • KINE 55033 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Evaluation $224.00
  • KINE 55001 AT Clinical I $365.00
  • KINE 60413 Seminar in Athletic Training $275.00
  • KINE 60453 Advanced Clinical Skills and Techniques $200.00

Costs included in tuition include:

  • Additional clothing (see “Clothing Policy” in the TCU Athletic Training Program Handbook)
  • Liability insurance coverage is provided by the university for all enrolled MSAT students
  • No-cost annual TB tests are available at the TCU Student Health Center
  • CPR certification fees (AHA BLS Healthcare Provider)
  • TCU Athletic Training Students’ Association (ATSA) members may qualify for NATA