The Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training (MSAT) was approved by the California State University Chancellor’s Office in March of 2020. The program is scheduled to begin May 31st, 2022, and applications will be accepted starting Summer, 2021. Continue reading for program requirements and application process.
The Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a 6-semester, 64-unit, professional program dedicated to the development of high-quality healthcare professionals. The MSAT features a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills through case-based learning. Students are required to complete a diversity of clinical experiences which include high schools, community colleges, 4-year colleges, rehabilitation clinics, and physician practice settings.
The 2-year program begins in the summer and requires full-time enrollment, including the summers. All students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program. To be eligible for the national BOC examination, both the didactic and clinical components of the MSAT must be successfully completed.
Students who want to become certified Athletic Trainers must earn a degree from an accredited MSAT program. The MSAT is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) until the 2026-2027 academic year.
For more information regarding the MSAT, please contact Dr. Shane Stecyk.
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 prior to enrollment in the MSAT.
- Admission to graduate studies at CSUN- Do NOT apply to Cal State Apply. The Cal State Apply supplemental application is for selected applicants only. Applicants must be notified of acceptance or a waitlist status before completing this application.
- Completion of all prerequisite courses or approved substitutions prior to enrollment with a minimum grade of “C-” and a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Two professional letters of recommendation.
- Personal Statement.
Prerequisite Course Work
Completion of all prerequisite college-level courses or approved substitutions, with no course grade lower than a C- prior to enrollment. Required prerequisites include a minimum of one semester of each of the following courses or equivalent as approved by AT faculty prior to the application:
- Biology and Lab*Human Anatomy with Lab
- Human Physiology or Exercise Physiology
- Chemistry and Lab*
- Physics and Lab* or Biomechanics and Lab*
*If the applicant has completed the lecture portion of the course but is missing the lab component, please contact the MSAT graduate coordinator Dr. Shane Stecyk.
Recommended prerequisite course:
Note 1: Meeting eligibility requirements to apply to the MSAT does not guarantee acceptance.
Note 2: Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSAT.
Note 3: Bachelors degree and all prerequisites must be completed prior to May 31st, 2022.
For a downloadable PDF version of the Admission Requirements, click HERE.
- Submit MSAT Application through ATCAS beginning on July 1st, 2021;
- ATCAS will begin accepting applications on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of November 1st, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted past the priority deadline until February 28th, 2022.
- Cal State Apply- Do NOT apply to Cal State Apply. The Cal State Apply supplemental application is for selected applicants only. Applicants must be notified of acceptance or a wait list status before completing this application.
MSAT Informational Sessions
For updates and questions, please contact Dr. Shane Stecyk.
Information sessions will cover all aspects of the MSAT at CSUN: prerequisites, admission criteria and processes, and everything else you need to know.
Sessions begin promptly and last about one hour, beginning with an informational presentation. Individual questions will be answered at the end of the presentation.
No sign-up or RSVP needed – just show up! Dates and times are subject to change.
Informational sessions will be held on specific dates and times through Zoom
The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through the 2026-2027 academic year.
The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program at California State University, Northridge is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.