Kinesiology

Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree was approved by the California State University Chancellor’s Office in March of 2020. The program is scheduled to begin May 25, 2021, and applications will be accepted starting Summer, 2020. Continue reading for program requirements and application process.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (MSAT) is a 6-semester, 64-unit, professional program dedicated to the development of high-quality healthcare professionals. The Athletic Training program 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 degree must be successfully completed.

Students who want to become certified Athletic Trainers must earn a degree from an accredited MSAT program. The Athletic Training program 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.

Master of Science in Athletic Training Application Requirements

Requirements for Application to the MSAT Program

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 prior to enrollment in the program;
  2. 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;
  3. Completion of all prerequisite courses or approved substitutions prior to enrollment with a minimum grade of “C-” and a minimum GPA of 2.5;
  4. Two professional letters of recommendation;
  5. Letter of Intent.

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:

  1. Biology and Lab
  2. Human Anatomy with lab
  3. Human Physiology
  4. Chemistry and Lab
  5. Physics and Lab
  6. Nutrition
  7. Psychology

Recommended prerequisite course:

  1. Statistics

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 CSUN Athletic Training Program.
For a downloadable PDF version of the Admission Requirements, click HERE.

Application Process

  1. Submit MSAT Application through ATCAS (link opens in new window);
  2. 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.

Athletic Training Informational Sessions

For updates and questions, please contact Dr. Shane Stecyk.

Information sessions will cover all aspects of the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program 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 the following dates and time through Zoom

Month

Date

Time

Zoom Link

November 

Monday 11/9

6:00 pm PST

Open Link

November 

Thursday 11/12

2:00 pm PST 

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December

Friday 12/4

2:00 pm PST

Open Link

December

Wednesday 12/16

1:00 pm PST

Open Link

January

Tuesday 1/5

3:00 pm PST

Open Link

January

Saturday 1/16

2:00 pm PST

Open Link

JanuaryMonday 2/110:00 am PST

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CSUN ACCREDITATION STATUS:

The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through the 2026-2027 academic year.

The CSUN Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has been placed on Probation as of February 11, 2020, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

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