Application deadlines

Program faculty review complete applications for the July cohort as they are received; therefore, we highly recommend that interested students apply by the November 10 priority deadline. 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

Additional Courses

Recommended, but not required

  • Exercise Physiology with lab
  • Research Methods

Admission Requirements

University graduate and program admission requirements must be met before an application for the master's in athletic training is complete (see Graduate Admission to the University in the online Graduate Catalog).

  • Application for Graduate Admission (Apply Online | Download PDF).

  • Nonrefundable $45 application fee.
  • Officially posted bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time he or she matriculates to APU. This is verified through official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s baccalaureate degree. (To be considered official, a transcript must be sent directly from the Office of the Registrar of the school attended to the Graduate and Professional Center: Admissions at Azusa Pacific University. Students’ sealed copies will not be considered official.)
  • Cumulative baccalaureate degree GPA of 3.0. An applicant with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered on a conditional basis.
  • Application writing sample prompt
    1. A three-page application essay (typed, double-spaced, 3 pages maximum, 12-point font) describing your motivations and interest in the field of athletic training as evidenced by the following:
      • Share your motivation for becoming a certified athletic trainer.
      • Describe the responsibilities of being a certified athletic trainer that are both the most exciting and challenging to you.
      • Share your professional goals for after the completion of the M.S. in Athletic Training program.

    2. A professional résumé (3 pages maximum, 12-point font)

  • Letters of Recommendation
    Three recommendation letters from either faculty or professionals who can speak to your abilities and preparedness for the M.S. in Athletic Training program. At least one letter should come from an academic reference.

  • Interviews
    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.

What to expect

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 signiture or QR code) of current, valid certification card(s) for adult, child, and infant CPR.
  • Copy (with instructor’s signiture 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 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.