Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences
Supplemental content for MS in Athletic Training
The Master of Science in Athletic Training program seeks applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than athletic training and have completed the necessary prerequisite coursework.
- Minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA is preferred
- GRE scores are not required
- Prerequisite course work must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
- Prerequisite course work must be passed with a grade of B- or higher
- Equivalency exams may be taken in place of certain courses if a grade of B- was not achieved. Please see the Office of Prior Learning Assessment’s webpage for more information on specific course offerings
- Prerequisite course work:
- Biology – one semester with lab (minimum 3 credits)
- Chemistry - one semester (minimum 3 credits)
- Physics - one semester with lab (minimum 3 credits)
- Psychology - one semester (minimum 3 credits)
- Anatomy and Physiology 1&2- 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with labs or 1 semester of human anatomy with lab and 1 semester of human physiology with a lab (minimum 6 credits)
- Statistics- 1 semester (minimum 3 credits)
- Exercise Physiology – 1 semester (minimum 3 credits)
- Nutrition - 1 semester (minimum 3 credits)
Application Procedures and Required Materials
Application Deadline: April 1st for July start.
Application and all materials must be received by April 1st.
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application or ATCAS (Athletic Training Centralized Application System) application
- Application fee: Waived for all applicants.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript agency is required
- Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience
- Personal Statement: Explain how your experiences have prepared you for graduate-level athletic training education and how this program will help you achieve your career goals. (750-1,250 words)
- References: Two references that can speak to your ability and demonstrated skills for graduate-level work and the field of Athletic Training.
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
If applying through the USM Graduate Application, official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Southern Maine
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in the electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International students whose first language is not English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
English Proficiency Test Scores
Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.
For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.