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Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.)

Earn your Master of Athletic Training at an NCAA Division I school

The Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) program at ACU provides entry-level comprehensive coursework, diverse clinical experiences and hands-on laboratory classes for those seeking knowledge in the field of athletic training.

Upon graduation, you will be able to apply your athletic training skills and knowledge in areas such as evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, and therapeutic interventions.


ACU is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2019. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for
licensure in most states.

The M.A.T. program is currently under review by SACSCOC. The program is pending SACSCOC approval, which is expected by January, 2018.

Program Overview

Credit hours 55
Degree Master of Athletic Training
Program length 24 months
Tracks N/A
Application deadline March 1


You will take courses such as:

  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Lower Extremity Assessment of Injury
  • Nutrition and Integrative Medicine
  • Pharmacology 
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Possible employment settings as a Certified Athletic Trainer:

  • High schools      
  • Colleges or universities
  • Industrial health care clinics
  • Military base
  • Professional sports
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Physician offices or hospitals
  • Fine arts
  • Athletic training education programs

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must complete both an ATCAS (Athletic Training Centralized Application Service) application and an ACU Office of Graduate Programs application. NOTE: There is a one-time, $85 application fee charged by ATCAS, and a one-time, $50 ACU application fee. The ATCAS application can also be used to apply for other M.A.T. programs.

  • Bachelor’s Degree – Completion or near completion of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. Applicants must submit official transcripts for review. Admissions are made on the assumption that applicants will have the bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation, and if not, the M.A.T. program admission is void. The GRE is not required.
  • Prerequisite Coursework – All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation and must be three to four credit hours each. Prerequisites are:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Human Anatomy (or A&P I)
    • Human Physiology (or A&P II)
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Exercise Physiology and/or Kinesiology/Biomechanics
    • Statistics (basic)
    • Nutrition
  • GPA – An overall GPA of 3.2 is required to apply. Prerequisite and general science course grades will be reviewed.
  • Observation Hours – Fifty hours of observation directly supervised by a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer in the Spring semester prior to enrollment at ACU are required. Observation hours must be documented and signed by the supervising Athletic Trainer on this required form.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Each applicant must obtain three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be completed by individuals who: (a) have supervised observation hours during any health care-related volunteer or paid work; (b) are previous or present instructors and/or advisors; (c) are previous or present employers; and (d) are health care professionals. Letters of recommendation should include elements demonstrating the applicant’s: (a) willingness to learn; (b) integrity; (c) perseverance; and (d) ability to interact with patients/clients. Letters of recommendation are submitted online through the ATCAS Application (see link below).
  • Personal Statement – A written statement (600-800 words) describing how professional goals, interests, and faith all led you to apply to the Master of Athletic Training Program at ACU.


Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.