Undergraduate/Direct Entry Admission
Students can pursue a Master of Science in Athletic Training through direct entry admission. By choosing this path, students will complete four years of undergraduate studies and two years in the MSAT program, all at the University of Evansville.
The preferred UE pathway for entrance into the MSAT program is the exercise science (EXSS) applied degree with an emphasis on pre-athletic training, which is a 3+2 tract. With this plan, students will earn the majority of their undergraduate degree in 3 years, then begin MSAT studies during their fourth year (senior year). UE's Health Science Certificate Program can help any student interested in an accelerated tract by allowing high school juniors and seniors to take introductory classes from UE and get a head start on their future health-related career field. These classes are online and available in a wide variety of times.
Direct Entry Process for High School Seniors
The MSAT program has a rolling admission process with an application deadline of January 15, 2021. To be eligible for direct entry into the program, students must receive a test score of 26 or higher on the ACT. Additional consideration will be awarded for those applying as test-optional or applicants who are unable to test at this time.
Eligible students should apply to UE and follow the essay prompts. The student should indicate on their application that they are interested in athletic training as a pre-professional degree. This selection can also lead to a Bachelor of Science in exercise science or a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
The application will then be forwarded to the MSAT program director based on test scores and interest in the program.
The following undergraduate classes are recommended for direct entry students:
- Medical Terminology
- Strength & Conditioning/Sports Performance
MSAT Application Requirements for Direct Entry Students
Students who receive direct entry must meet the following requirements to complete the graduate program:
- In final year of undergraduate education or graduated with bachelor's degree
- Application VERIFIED on ATCAS
- Accepted on rolling basis from August 1 until the UE MSAT Open House (typically in mid-November)
- On ATCAS, one evaluation/letter of reference must be from an athletic trainer
- Cumulative GPA of 3.400 or higher at time of application submission
- REQUIRED coursework completed in the following (B- or better)1
- Anatomy & Physiology + Lab
- Chemistry + Lab
- Physics + Lab
- Exercise Physiology
- A minimum of 50 observation hours with an athletic trainer that is documented and confirmed with signature
- The observation hours do not have to be completed, but must demonstrate progress at the time of application submission
- In-person visit to campus before or on day of UE MSAT Open House
- May be waived on an individual basis with approval from the MSAT program director
After acceptance into the MSAT program, students must provide the following:
- $200 non-refundable deposit to confirm seat in the program (this will be applied towards the first semester of tuition once enrolled)
- Official transcripts showing completion of undergraduate degree or official transcripts showing ability to complete undergraduate degree at the University of Evansville prior to enrollment in AT 691 (second year of program).4
- Completed Technical Standards Form
- Completed forms for the Student Health Center
- Background screen
- Proof of current appropriate emergency cardiac care certification (Students may obtain this during the first semester in the MSAT program)
1 Applicants are permitted to have up to three courses not completed by application if unofficial transcript shows course(s) in progress and/or registered.
2 Current University of Evansville students may potentially begin the MSAT program in their undergraduate senior year and complete both their Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science and Master of Science in Athletic Training in five years. Students should consult with their undergraduate academic advisor if seeking this option.
3 Applicants are permitted to have courses not completed by application if unofficial transcript shows all required courses in progress or registered.
4 Current University of Evansville students may potentially begin the MSAT program in their undergraduate fourth year and complete both their Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science and Master of Science in Athletic Training in five years. Students need to consult with the UE MSAT Program Director if seeking this option.