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Your Future in Athletic Training Begins Here

Increase your professional potential with this exciting accredited master's program. Accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) since 2009, UIW has been successfully educating athletic trainers for over ten years. The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree program allows students to apply knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare for the physically active and serve as healthcare leaders in their communities.

Master of Science in Athletic Training

The two-year MSAT program prepares students for a career as an athletic trainer. The MSAT program includes a combination of coursework and clinical experiences to prepare students to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Unique clinical opportunities to students are available in the military—with up to 75 percent of clinical experiences conducted with the armed forces. 

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Unique Program Features:

  • Designed for students interested in working with physically active individuals in communities, secondary schools, colleges and universities, and military settings.
  • Hybrid last semester allows for immersive clinical practice experience in various geographical locations.
  • Courses offered in a year-round format to optimize clinical experiences, with degree completion in 24 months.
  • Focus on inter-professional education and practice with an emphasis on servant leadership development.

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Admissions Requirements:

  • Submit a UIW Graduate application
  • Submit all college transcripts
  • Provide a letter of intent
  • Resume outlining
  • GRE scores – Waived due to 2020 pandemic
  • Provide two letters of recommendation (During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, recommendations can be written by a faculty member or employer)

Be the Word in the World

Since our founding in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, we have challenged our students to think critically, explore curiously and to leverage their God-given talents to make positive impacts on their communities and the world around them.

Career Outlook and Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active.

Athletic trainers need at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree programs are also common, and may be preferred by some employers.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Athletic trainers work in a variety of different professional settings, including:

  • Hospital emergency departments
  • Intercollegiate athletics
  • Law enforcement and military
  • Occupational and industrial settings
  • Performing arts
  • Physician offices
  • Professional sports
  • Secondary schools
  • Sports medicine clinics

Nearly all states require athletic trainers to be licensed or certified; requirements vary by state.

In May 2005, the Athletic Training Education Program was granted initial accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT). CAAHEP is the largest external programmatic accreditors for the health sciences fields.

In July 2006, the JRC-AT broke away from CAAHEP to form the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This is an independent accreditation agency dedicated toward the advancement of the education of athletic trainers.

Learn More Today

We would love to hear more about you to better help you reach your educational goals. Contact an Admissions Counselor if you would like to learn more about the program or if you have questions.

Financial Aid


of undergrad students receive grants/scholarship aid


average aid amount awarded to first-time freshmen students


of first-time UIW students are eligible for Pell Grants

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I will work to see each student graduate with the lowest possible debt, and secure a career that lifts their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they serve.
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Dr. Thomas M. Evans

President, University of the Incarnate Word

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