Master of Science in Athletic Training
Thank you for your interest in applying to the Athletic Training Program at California State University, Long Beach!!
The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program prepares individuals for a career as a certified athletic trainer. Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. The services provided are preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association as a healthcare profession. The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a full-time, cohort-model program.
The Master of Science in Athletic Training program is open to all college graduates who have met prerequisite requirements and demonstrate sufficient preparation, potential for professional education and ability to perform the essential functions needed to practice as an athletic trainer as determined by athletic training faculty review of admission documents.
Admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a two-step process: 1) Graduate Student Application, and 2) Program application via online application form through MSAT website. Admission shall be granted on a competitive basis; meeting the admission requirements qualifies an individual for, but does not guarantee admission to the program. The MSAT degree program is a four- semester cohort model with instruction beginning in the Fall term.
Admission to the MSAT
Satisfy the university requirements for graduate admission (https://www.csulb.edu/admissions/graduate-programs-admission-eligibility)
Program Admission Pre-requisite Courses
- Hold, or be eligible to hold, an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by an appropriate campus authority, by the end of the spring semester prior to admission to the program.
- Have attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00).
- Have been in good academic, professional, and clinical standing at the last institution and if applicable in the last entry-level athletic training educational program attended
- Have successfully completed the following courses with a minimum of "C" and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 by the end of the spring semester prior to the year of admission to the program. No course may be repeated more than once and no more than 3 prerequisite courses may be repeated. CR/NC grades, correspondence courses, or independent study courses cannot be used for prerequisite requirements. It is recommended that no more than two (2) classes may be in progress during the spring semester of application and all prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester of application.
- Human Anatomy (1 semester with lab)
- Human Physiology (1 semester with lab)
- General Psychology (1 semester)
- Physics (1 semester)
- Chemistry (1 semester)
- Biology (1 semester)
- Biomechanics (1 semester)
- Exercise Physiology (1 semester)
- Nutrition (1 semester)
- Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (1 semester)
- Motor Control (1 semester)
- Statistics (1 semester)
Program Admission Required Documents
- Three (3) letters of recommendation attesting to the potential for success as an athletic trainer and/or the scholarly potential of the applicant:
- At least one letter must be from a BOC (Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer) certified athletic trainer with whom the applicant had a professional association, and
- At least one letter must be from a professor for a prerequisite course which the applicant completed.
- The third letter, if not from a BOC certified athletic trainer or a professor, must be from someone who is able to speak to your potential success in this program.
- Provide documentation of knowledge of athletic training through a minimum of 150 documented hours of volunteer experience under the direct supervision of a BOC certified athletic trainer.
- Provide a written statement of purpose reflecting the applicant's commitment to athletic training.
Steps to Completing your Application