Athletic Training Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

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.

Admission Requirements

Graduate School Application

  1. Apply online. (Select the athletic training program application when prompted.)
  2. Be prepared to pay the application fee of $30 during the online application process
  3. Request that an official transcript from all colleges attended to be sent to Spalding University Registrar, 845 S. Third Street, Louisville KY 40203

Information to be provided to the MSAT Program Director

  1. Copy of all unofficial transcripts
  2. Verification of completed observation hours
  3. Signed MSAT Technical Standards Form
  4. Recommendation forms: 3 required (at least one from a former college instructor)

Please review the MSAT admission materials before applying. 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.

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.

Entry-level 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 University as an undergraduate you must successfully complete 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, before you submit your application to the professional MSAT program. You must identify on the application how you intend to complete the remaining 4 prerequisites before athletic training program courses start.

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.

Admission Process

Admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is competitive and primarily based on an applicant’s CORE GPA (see prerequisite courses section of the catalog) and recommendation letters.

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 by the University Provost.

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.

Additional information

It is preferred that program applicants have a cumulative and core GPA at or above 3.0 at time of application to the professional phase of the program. 

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 Board of Certification (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.