Application Deadlines

Program faculty review complete applications for the July start date as they are received; therefore, we highly recommend that interested students apply by the November 10 priority deadline. Students who complete the entire application before the November 10 priority deadline 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

Additional Courses

Recommended, but not required

  • Exercise Physiology with lab
  • Research Methods

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.

  • Graduate application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Professional résumé (3 pages maximum, 12-point font)
  • 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.

Admission Requirements—International Applicants

Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the 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 both 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.

International applicants must also:

  • 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 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.

International applicants send official transcripts to:

International Center
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

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 2018-19 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.