Apply for the Master of Science in Athletic Training.

Applicants for the Master of Science in Athletic Training must apply through ATCAS. Applications open on Aug. 1, 2020 admissions is rolling.

Our ATCAS priority deadline is Dec. 28, 2020​. All materials must be submitted by April 30, 2021. Applicants must also apply to the University at Buffalo Graduate School through the Graduate School Application Manager. A $50 non-refundable fee is required to apply. Summer classes for 2021 are scheduled to begin on Tues., May 25, 2021.

Criteria to Apply to Master of Science in Athletic Training Program

  • GPA: 3.0 overall. Emphasis is placed on pre-requisite and general science courses
  • Observation hours: 10 hours minimum of observation with an athletic trainer within one year of application date. For the 2020-21 application cycle we realize the difficulty with obtaining observation hours due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are not requiring students to obtain these observation hours for this cycle. If you have completed hours you can still submit them with your application.
  • Letters of Recommendation: 2 letters, preferably one from the athletic trainer with whom you completed observation experiences
  • Personal Statement: a written statement (~800 words) describing professional goals and interests

Prerequisite Coursework

  • Chemistry with lab
  • Physics with lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab 
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics or Kinesiology
  • Statistics
  • Biology with lab


  • After preliminary review of applications, the selection committee will extend an invitation to students who met the requirements and demonstrate potential for success as a graduate student in a professional program at the University at Buffalo. Interviews will be conducted face to face and/or via video conferencing.
  • Enrollment is limited and students are selected upon evaluation of the following factors: completion of admissions requirements, including pre-requisite coursework; academic ability; evidence of potential for future practice as an athletic trainer; interview performance and evidence of personality traits indicating an ability to work effectively with people.


  • After the formal interview, students deemed appropriate for admissions will receive a letter of acceptance from the Athletic Training Program Director. This letter will contain more information about next steps.