Graduate Degree

Athletic Training - Master of Science

Athletic Training - Master of Science
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Master of Science
College of Education

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Education

Department of Kinesiology

Graduate Study
Athletic Training - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Athletic Training prepares students to provide healthcare to physically active patients in coordination with other allied health professionals. Athletic trainers provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions in a variety of healthcare settings. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as required by state licensure statutes.

The Michigan State University athletic training degree blends clinical and academic learning experiences. Athletic training students are exposed to foundational and advanced clinical reasoning, state-of-the-art health care equipment, and patient-oriented research. Students who complete this degree will be eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. The Master of Science degree in Athletic Training is designed to prepare students for job opportunities in professional, collegiate, high school, clinical, industrial settings, military and performing arts.


To be considered for admission to the Master of Science degree in Athletic Training, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Admission into the program is based on a combination of the following factors:
  1. Have completed an application for graduate study.
  2. Previous academic experience and performance as indicated by transcripts from previous degrees including a competitive cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Personal goals statement of up to 500 words, covering the following items: academic background, the development of your interest in athletic training, reasons for wanting to enter this program, qualities you possess which will enhance your athletic training skills and aid in achieving your career objective(s).
  4. Competitive scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (for international students).
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. Minimum of 75 observation hours under supervision of a certified Athletic Trainer.
  7. Interview with the Michigan State University Athletic Training Admissions Board.
  8. The following prerequisite or equivalent courses with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher: Introduction to Athletic Injury (3 credits); Exercise Physiology and Laboratory (3 credits); Biomechanics (3 credits); Anatomy with Laboratory (3 credits); Physiology (3 credits); Chemistry (3 credits); Physics (3 credits); Research Methods or Statistics (3 credits); Biology (3 credits); and Psychology (3 credits). 
Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training
The Master of Science degree in Athletic Training is available only under Plan B (without thesis). Students must complete 51 credits for the degree.
1. All of the following courses (51 credits):
KIN 800 Pathophysiology and Functional Anatomy 3
KIN 801 Emergency Procedures for Athletic Trainers 3
KIN 802 Athletic Training Practicum I 2
KIN 803 Athletic Training Practicum II 2
KIN 804 Athletic Training Practicum III 2
KIN 805 Athletic Training Practicum IV 1
KIN 806 Athletic Training Practicum V 2
KIN 807 Athletic Training Practicum VI 3
KIN 832 Lower Body Physical Assessment 3
KIN 833 Therapeutic Interventions I 3
KIN 834 Evidence Based Practice in Athletic Training 3
KIN 835 Pharmacology of Athletic Trainers 3
KIN 836 Upper Body Physical Assessment 3
KIN 837 Therapeutic Interventions II 3
KIN 838 General Medical Conditions for Athletic Trainers 3
KIN 883 Health Care Administration for Athletic Trainers 3
KIN 884 Spine Evaluations and Advanced Rehabilitation 3
KIN 886 Psychology of Sports Injury and Rehabilitation 2
KIN 887 Performance Enhancement in Sport 1
KIN 888 Seminar in Athletic Training 3
2. Completion of a final examination or evaluation.