Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

Supplemental content for MS in Athletic Training

Admission Information

Applicant Qualifications

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.
  • 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.
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo.  Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores and requirements.

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 Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

International Applicants

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
  • English proficiency test scores may be required for students whose first language is not English. See below for details.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency.

USM accepts the following test scores and qualifications for admission into graduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL): 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
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English:  scores of 105 or higher. Duolingo scores are being accepted on a trial for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Bachelor's degree taught with English instruction

Questions regarding your experience and the requirements can be addressed with the Office of Admissions (

Learn More

For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.