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Athletic Training (Professional Master's)

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Darcy Downey
Jowers Center, Room A135

Department of Health and Human Performance
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The program is designed as a professional master's curriculum for students seeking to become board-certified. Using a medical-based education model, students are educated to provide comprehensive patient care and complete an extensive clinical learning requirement that is embodied in the clinical integration proficiencies as identified in the Athletic Training Education standards.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 55 Non-Thesis No minor

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall No Admission No Admission
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I November 15 November 15
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from an accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in all background courses

  Read additional information about background course work. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • confirmation of 75 observation hours signed by a certified (ATC) and/or licensed (LAT) professional who has guided the observational experiences
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (maximum two pages) discussing why you have chosen to pursue graduate studies in athletic training at Texas State University
  • three forms of recommendation

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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Additional Information

  Background Course Work
As required background coursework, there is a set of 10 pre-requisites that will prepare the student for the rigors of the program. Each of these courses is necessary for a basic understanding of the fundamentals of the various courses that the student will be taking in the professional master's curriculum. The following is the list of pre-requisites that students must have completed in their undergraduate degree or are in progress of completing prior to admission:

  • Physics    
  • Chemistry    
  • Introduction to Nutrition    
  • Introduction to Psychology    
  • Introduction to Statistics    
  • Exercise Physiology    
  • Biomechanics    
  • Medical Terminology    
  • Anatomy & Physiology (with lab)    
  • Care & Prevention (or equivalent)