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Master of Science in Athletic Training Admissions

High School Students: Please see Undergraduate Admissions for details concerning the general admissions requirements.

Students who already hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution (or international equivalent) prior to matriculation and current UNE 3+2 MSAT students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for admission into the professional/graduate phase of the athletic training program.

The criteria below must be met to be eligible for admission into the professional/graduate phase of the athletic training program.

Application for Summer 2020

  • All applicants must apply through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS)
  • July 1, 2019: ATCAS application portal opens for admission in Summer 2020
  • Rolling admissions for all applications.
  • It is highly recommended for candidates to apply as early as possible in the admissions cycle to ensure consideration for an invitation to interview
  • Campus interview sessions will be held as needed and by invitation only


  • Application is completed online and submitted electronically to ATCAS for verification
  • Verification process begins as soon as official transcripts from all schools attended and letters of recommendation are received at ATCAS (it is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure ATCAS has all of the documents to verify all information provided on the application)
  • ATCAS will communicate with you via email regarding any missing documents or other concerns related to the verification of your application (Please check your email frequently or call ATCAS if you are concerned about the status of your application prior to confirmation from UNE that your verified application has been received)
  • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your application; additional email communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle
  • Verified applications undergo preliminary review as they are received
  • Qualified applicants are invited to interview as verified applications are reviewed
  • On-campus interview is required and by invitation only
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session
  • Upon acceptance, candidates will be asked to submit an initial non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the class

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and other supporting materials.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.


Admission to the pre-professional phase, years one through three, of the program follows the general undergraduate admissions criteria.  See Undergraduate Admissions for details concerning these requirements.

The following criteria must be met for a student to be eligible for admission into the professional (graduate) phase, years four and five, of the athletic training Master's program


  • Science coursework to be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C minus” grades are not acceptable)
    • General Chemistry I with lab, 4 credits
    • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs, 8 credits
    • Physics I with lab, 4 credits
    • Exercise Physiology, 3 credits
    • Kinesiology/Biomechanics, 3 credits
    • Pathophysiology, 3 credits


  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 as calculated by ATCAS (no forgiveness for retaken coursework)
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 observational hours under the supervision of an approved Certified Athletic Trainer in a traditional setting (i.e., high school or college).
  • Proof of successful completion of yearly OSHA-required bloodborne pathogens safety training.
  • Proof of current certification in Emergency Cardiac Care and Basic First Aid will be required prior to the first clinical assignment.
  • Two letters of reference are required
    • 1 Academic
    • 1 Professional
    • Letters from family and friends are not accepted
  • The GRE is not required
  • Only those applicants who meet minimum requirements will be considered for admission
    •  Meeting minimum requirements, however, does not guarantee an interview
  • Before or upon matriculation, accepted candidates will be expected to
    • Meet all health immunization requirements (Student Health Care)
      • Obtain a physical examination
      • Provide proof of up-to-date immunization status 
    • Accepted candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check and/or drug screening, as well as periodically throughout the program as required by clinical affiliations
    • All candidates must meet Academic and Technical Standards of the Athletic Training profession


  • Applications for admission are accepted through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS)
    • ATCAS application portal opens annually in the summer
    • Applications must be electronically submitted to ATCAS by the UNE posted deadline
    • For more information and detailed instructions for completion of the application, visit ATCAS
  • Personal interviews with faculty are required for admission and are granted to qualified applicants by invitation only
    • Decisions will be made on a rolling basis after each interview session
    • Accepted candidates will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit within 2-3 weeks of receipt of official decision letter
      • Deposit will be applied to first term tuition
      • If student does not enroll, deposit will be forfeited
  • International applicants and applicants with international coursework or degrees
    • Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. regionally accredited institution (International Admissions)
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Language Proficiency
      • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required and must be submitted to PTCAS as a part of the completed application
  • All students transferring into the AT Program must meet all admissions requirements and complete the entire graduate phase of the program.


  • Policies are established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants to the university and its programs
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum and/or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates


  • Transfer credits are rarely awarded to students who transfer from another Athletic Training Program.
  • The program director will review and award transfer credits on a case by case basis.


  • No advanced standing placement available


  • No credit awarded for experiential learning

Contact Graduate Admissions

For more information, contact our Portland Campus office at (207) 221-4225 or We are located in Hersey Hall room 108 at 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, Maine. Our office hours are Monday–Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.