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How to Apply to the MSAT Program

Admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is competitive and primarily based on an applicant’s CORE GPA (prerequisite courses), interview scores, writing sample and recommendation letters.

How do I apply to the BSNS to MSAT program?

If you are an undergraduate student, you must apply and be admitted into Spalding University prior to applying to the Master of Science in Athletic Training program. Once admitted to Spalding, and upon successful completion of 55 credit hours of the university study program including a minimum of 9  of the  required 13 prerequisite courses with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, you may complete and submit your application to the MSAT program. You must identify on the application how you intend to complete the remaining 4 prerequisites before athletic training program courses start.

The following items are required for admission:

  • Completed MSAT application form with completed application checklist
  • $30 application fee (check made out to Spalding University or money order)
  • Official copies of all college transcripts* mailed from all universities or colleges attended directly to Spalding University Registrar, 845. S. Third St, Louisville, KY 40203
  •  A copy of your unofficial transcripts in your mailed admission packet
  • Three recommendation forms included in your application packet (must be in a signed and sealed envelope from the reference person)
  • Verification of completed 20 observation hours in athletic training
  • An interview and writing sample

The GRE is not required for admission.

*Official transcripts are those sent directly to Spalding from the issuing institution. Any transcript marked “issued to student” or any transcript that is hand delivered by the student is not considered an official transcript.

Individuals who will NOT be considered for admission include:

  • Any individual who has a cumulative GPA below 3.0 at time of application to the professional phase of the program
  • Any individual who has been unsuccessful with a D in two attempts to complete a program prerequisite

Any applicant who has a felony conviction or record containing illegal, unethical, or incompetent behaviors may jeopardize his or her ability to obtain certification or licensure to practice as an athletic trainer.  Prior to applying to the MSAT program, please contact the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATA-BOC) to request a predetermination of eligibility. The professional practice and discipline committee reviews all convictions.  Candidates are notified in writing of the committee’s decision.  Please include a copy of the results of the committee’s decision with your application. 

How do I apply to the MSAT program?

If you are a graduate student and currently have a bachelor’s degree (or will have a bachelor’s degree by the next MSAT program start date) and have successfully completed a minimum of 9 of the required 13  prerequisite courses with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, you may complete and submit your application to the Master of Science in Athletic Training program. You must identify on the MSAT application how you intend to complete the remaining 4 prerequisites before courses start. (Please see the MSAT Applicant Resources to the right of page prior to applying.)

The following items are required for admission:

  • Completed MSAT application form with completed application checklist
  • $30 application fee (check made out to Spalding University or money order)
  • Official copies of all college transcripts* mailed from all universities or colleges attended directly to Spalding University Registrar, 845. S. Third St, Louisville, KY 40203
  •  A copy of your unofficial transcripts in your mailed admission packet
  • Three recommendation forms included in your application packet (must be in a signed and sealed envelope from the reference person)
  • Verification of completed 20 observation hours in athletic training
  • An interview and writing sample

The GRE is not required for admission.

*Official transcripts are those sent directly to Spalding from the issuing institution. Any transcript marked “issued to student” or any transcript that is hand delivered by the student is not considered an official transcript.

Individuals who will NOT be considered for admission include:

  • Any individual who has a cumulative GPA below 3.0 at time of application to the professional phase of the program
  • Any individual who has been unsuccessful with a D in two attempts to complete a program prerequisite

Any applicant who has a felony conviction or record containing illegal, unethical, or incompetent behaviors may jeopardize his or her ability to obtain certification or licensure to practice as an athletic trainer.  Prior to applying to the MSAT program, please contact the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATA-BOC) to request a predetermination of eligibility. The professional practice and discipline committee reviews all convictions.  Candidates are notified in writing of the committee’s decision.  Please include a copy of the results of the committee’s decision with your application. 

When is the deadline for admission?

The  MSAT program will accept applications on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants will be admitted first come, first  served until capacity. It is recommended to apply early.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program is not responsible for documents lost in the mail, and all submitted application materials become the property of the School.

Where do I send my packet for admission?

All applications  and supporting materials  MUST be mailed in a single packet to the following address  in order to be considered for admission:

Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program
Attn: Dr. John Nyland, Director
901 S. 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40203-2188

The MSAT program is not responsible for documents lost in the mail, and all submitted application materials become the property of the School.

When will I find out if I have been accepted?

If accepted to the program, you will learn of the next steps in the admission process and will be notified in writing as to your admission status to the University by the University Provost and acceptance into the MSAT program by the Program Director.

Admission to the MSAT is awarded on spaces available basis. If admitted, students must submit a $200 tuition deposit to reserve their position  prior to beginning the program.

Selected applicants who withdraw or drop any pre-requisite courses registered for at time of application will lose his/her program seat. 

Selected applicants who, after completing all pre-requisites, have a CORE GPA that falls below the 3.0 minimum standard, will lose his/her program seat. 

NOTE: Undergraduate admission into Spalding University as a Pre-MSAT student does not guarantee admission into the MSAT professional program. Based upon the student’s completion of the admission requirements, the applicant will be eligible for consideration for admission to the program.