Application Deadlines

The application for the APU Master of Science in Athletic Training program is available on ATCAS in July for the following year’s cohort. Application review begins in the fall, and students are accepted on a year-round, rolling-admission basis. Therefore, we highly recommend that interested students apply by the November 10 priority deadline—students who complete the entire application by then are eligible for consideration for a one-time $2,500 program scholarship. We will continue to accept and review applications after the March 1 regular deadline or as space in the cohort permits.


Prerequisite courses must be similar in value to courses offered by an accredited four-year college or university. Courses can be taken at any regionally accredited college or university. Grades of C or better are required. Courses that must have laboratories are indicated in the list below. No prerequisite coursework may be taken on a pass/no pass basis. Online science courses that are hybrid courses with online lectures and in-person labs may be acceptable. All prerequisite coursework more than seven years old is not accepted.

The following prerequisite courses must be completed before entry:

  • Human Anatomy with lab
  • Human Physiology with lab
  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • General Physics
  • General Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology with lab

Admission Requirements—Domestic Applicants

The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.

International students have a separate application procedure that precedes the standard admission process. View international requirements below or contact the International Center.

Complete an application for the APU MSAT through ATCAS, which charges $90 for the first program you apply to, and $55 for each additional program. Prospective students must submit the following items:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and all postbaccalaureate study

  • An official transcript is one that Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and that bears the official seal of the college or university. A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a lower GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.

  • Personal statement comprising brief written responses to two additional questions, describing your interest in athletic training, your career goals, and the responsibilities of being a certified athletic trainer you find the most exciting and challenging.
  • Professional résumé (3 pages maximum, 12-point font)
  • Two recommendation letters from either faculty or professionals who can speak to your abilities and preparedness for the MS in Athletic Training program. At least one letter should come from an academic reference.

Admission Requirements—International Applicants

Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State to enroll nonimmigrant, alien undergraduate and graduate students. APU issues and administers the I-20 and DS 2019 (F-1 and J-1 status documents, respectively).

To apply for a graduate program at APU, the following requirements must be fulfilled in addition to meeting the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified above. After you have applied through ATCAS, a representative from APU’s International Center will contact you for the following:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in English through a TOEFL/IELTS score that meets program-specific requirements. Refer to APU’s English proficiency requirements to learn more. Request that official test scores be sent to APU. All other forms of proof indicated in the English proficiency requirements must be submitted directly to the International Center. Applicants applying for conditional admission through the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) must apply to both ALCI and the academic program. Read about ALCI admission requirements.
  • Provide an Graduate Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) and a bank statement from within the last six months proving financial ability to pay for education costs through personal, family, or sponsor resources.
  • Submit a copy of a valid passport showing biographical data, including your name, country of citizenship, date of birth, and other legal information.

What to Expect

After the International Center receives all transcripts, a committee of department faculty reviews the applicant’s file. The applicant is then notified of the committee’s decision within approximately two weeks.

Next Steps

After a preliminary review of application materials, the MSAT faculty will extend an invitation to students who meet the requirements and demonstrate potential for success as a graduate student at Azusa Pacific University. Interviews are conducted face to face or via video conference.

Accepted students will receive an official acceptance letter. Once admitted into the MSAT program, students must provide a nonrefundable $500 deposit within 21 days of receipt of the acceptance letter. The $500 is applied to the first term’s fee.

Students will receive a checklist to complete by sending the following items:

  • Documentation of the following up-to-date immunizations: HBV series, MMR, Tdap, chicken pox, and meningococcal
  • Documentation of a recent (within last 12 months) negative TB test
  • Copy (with instructor’s signature or QR code) of current, valid certification card(s) for adult, child, and infant CPR.
  • Copy (with instructor’s signature or QR code) of current, valid certification card for standard first aid.
  • Documentation of ability to meet MSAT Technical Standards (PDF) with or without reasonable accommodations
  • Signed copy of the MSAT Oath of Confidentiality (PDF)
  • Signed copy of the MSAT Communicable Disease Policy (PDF)

Students can apply for financial aid through FAFSA beginning in October for the upcoming school year. Students can register for summer term courses beginning in March. If students have not yet visited campus, they may choose to attend a spring semester campus and program visit day.

Students should locate housing and plan to move near campus in mid-June. New students are required to complete online new student orientation, which is available in early May. Students can complete the various online modules at their own pace while ensuring various due dates are met. In addition, should new students have any questions, they can contact the various offices and departments on campus including, but not limited to, the Graduate and Professional Registrar, IMT, Campus Safety, One Card, Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services, and the Writing Center.

Note: This information is current for the 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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