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Master of Science in Athletic Training

The University of North Georgia offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). The MSAT program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in health and physical education or a related field. Students will be introduced to not only foundational knowledge in athletic training related material, but also advanced knowledge in the areas of evaluation, rehabilitation, acute care, and other related material. Students will have an opportunity to be exposed to clinical experiences at various locations, including colleges/universities, high schools. rehabilitation clinics, orthopedic clinics, general medical clinics, and other various healthcare settings.

Application Deadline

Fall Early Deadline - December 1
Fall Regular Deadline - March 1
Note: All application materials are to be received prior to the deadline. If program capacity is met prior to established admission deadlines, we will stop accepting applications for admission and cancel remaining incomplete applicants. Completing your application earlier is better.

Quick Facts

New students admitted summer semester
Full time program on the Dahlonega campus
60 hours completed in 2 years
Cohort format
GRE required for early admission consideration
Clinical rotations offered in north Georgia region

Program Questions?

Dr. Jessica Dysart Miles, LAT, ATC
706-864-1875
jessica.miles@ung.edu

Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Degree Seeking Regular

Early Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score as follows:
    • Earn a combined score of 280 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE), with a minimum score of at least 3.5 on the analytical writing section. Only those scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Required Supplemental Documents
    • Letter of intent detailing why you wish to gain admission to the MSAT program at UNG
    • current resume
    • 2 letters of recommendation. One recommendation must be from a certified athletic trainer
    • proof of 50 (minimum) observation hours under a certified athletic trainer (ATC)
    • If accepted, the following documents must be received prior to the first day of the initial semester. Students who have not submitted all of the following prior to the first day of the semester will not be allowed to attend.
      • Proof of CPR
      • Background check
      • UNG physical form filled out by a physician
      • UNG and AT immunization forms
      • Technical Standards form signed by a physician
  • Completion of all pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of C.

 Regular Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Required Supplemental Documents
    • Letter of intent detailing why you wish to gain admission to the MSAT program at UNG
    • current resume
    • 2 letters of recommendation. One recommendation must be from a certified athletic trainer
    • proof of 50 (minimum) observation hours under a certified athletic trainer (ATC)
    • If accepted, the following documents must be received prior to the first day of the initial semester. Students who have not submitted all of the following prior to the first day of the semester will not be allowed to attend.
      • Proof of CPR
      • Background check
      • UNG physical form filled out by a physician
      • UNG and AT immunization forms
      • Technical Standards form signed by a physician
  • Completion of all pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of C.

Applying to UNG

Pre-Requisite Courses

  • Required 
    • General Biology Equivalent
    • General Chemistry Equivalent
    • General Physics Equivalent
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • General Psychology + 1 Additional Psychology course (Growth & Development and/or Abnormal Psychology preferred)
    • Nutrition
    • Medical Terminology
    • Structural Kinesiology
    • Statistics
    • Research Course
  • Recommended
    • Epidemiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Public Health
    • Exercise Physiology

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) currently accepts transcript credential reports from four specified agencies. For more details, review the GaPSC website.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG and then attended another institution, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

Submit official GRE score report if you are applying for Early Admission or if you are applying for Provisional Admission and your undergraduate gpa is below a 3.0 but at least a 2.8 calculated in accordance with Graduate admission procedures.

  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE.

  Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Interested in applying for a graduate assistant position at UNG? 

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Degree Seeking Provisional

If not all spots have been filled for the cohort of the coming year, students may be admitted provisionally with a GPA of 2.8 or above, as long as he or she maintains a GPA of 3.0 or above in his or her first 3 semesters of the MSAT program.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score as follows:
    • Earn a combined score of 280 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE), with a minimum score of at least 3.5 on the analytical writing section. Only those scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Required Supplemental Documents
    • Letter of intent detailing why you wish to gain admission to the MSAT program at UNG
    • current resume
    • 2 letters of recommendation. One recommendation must be from a certified athletic trainer
    • proof of 50 (minimum) observation hours under a certified athletic trainer (ATC)
    • If accepted, the following documents must be received prior to the first day of the initial semester. Students who have not submitted all of the following prior to the first day of the semester will not be allowed to attend.
      • Proof of CPR
      • Background check
      • UNG physical form filled out by a physician
      • UNG and AT immunization forms
      • Technical Standards form signed by a physician
  • Completion of all pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of C.

Provisional degree-seeking students

  • will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following completion of three semesters.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid while enrolled in courses as a provisional student.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the program if a grade of C or lower is earned in any graduate course.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.

Applying to UNG

Pre-Requisite Courses

  • Required 
    • General Biology Equivalent
    • General Chemistry Equivalent
    • General Physics Equivalent
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • General Psychology + 1 Additional Psychology course (Growth & Development and/or Abnormal Psychology preferred)
    • Nutrition
    • Medical Terminology
    • Structural Kinesiology
    • Statistics
    • Research Course
  • Recommended
    • Epidemiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Public Health
    • Exercise Physiology

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) currently accepts transcript credential reports from four specified agencies. For more details, review the GaPSC website.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG and then attended another institution, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

Submit official GRE score report if you are applying for Early Admission or if you are applying for Provisional Admission and your undergraduate gpa is below a 3.0 but at least a 2.8 calculated in accordance with Graduate admission procedures.

  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE.

  Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Non-Degree

MSAT program does not permit non-degree students.

Transient

MSAT program does not permit non-degree students.

All International

An international student is someone who has not been granted or does not have U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. In order for these students to study in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 visa.

International applicants must enroll for at least nine hours per semester, excluding summer semester, and may only enroll in up to three hours of online (distance education) coursework per semester. International applicants must be accepted as degree-seeking.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Required Supplemental Documents
    • Letter of intent detailing why you wish to gain admission to the MSAT program at UNG
    • current resume
    • 2 letters of recommendation. One recommendation must be from a certified athletic trainer
    • proof of 50 (minimum) observation hours under a certified athletic trainer (ATC)
    • If accepted, the following documents must be received prior to the first day of the initial semester. Students who have not submitted all of the following prior to the first day of the semester will not be allowed to attend.
      • Proof of CPR
      • Background check
      • UNG physical form filled out by a physician
      • UNG and AT immunization forms
      • Technical Standards form signed by a physician
  • Completion of all pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of C.

Applying to UNG

Pre-Requisite Courses

  • Required 
    • General Biology Equivalent
    • General Chemistry Equivalent
    • General Physics Equivalent
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • General Psychology + 1 Additional Psychology course (Growth & Development and/or Abnormal Psychology preferred)
    • Nutrition
    • Medical Terminology
    • Structural Kinesiology
    • Statistics
    • Research Course
  • Recommended
    • Epidemiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Public Health
    • Exercise Physiology

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) currently accepts transcript credential reports from four specified agencies. For more details, review the GaPSC website.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG and then attended another institution, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

English proficiency is proven as follows:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores if applicant's native language is not English.
  • Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date.
  • Required minimum scores:
    • TOEFL internet based - 79
    • TOEFL computer based test - 213
    • TOEFL paper based test - 550
    • IELTS - 6.5

      -or-
  • Hold a bachelor's or master's degree equivalent from an accredited institution located in a country where English is the primary language.

Submit official GRE score report if you are applying for Early Admission or if you are applying for Provisional Admission and your undergraduate gpa is below a 3.0 but at least a 2.8 calculated in accordance with Graduate admission procedures.

  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE.

  Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Interested in applying for a graduate assistant position at UNG? 

The following are required if accepted, or if applying within five months of the start of the term.

Financial Affidavit

It is the applicant's responsibility to demonstrate that sufficient funding is available to meet all university and living expenses for the course of study.

  • Download and complete the Financial Affidavit. You may email the completed form to grads@ung.edu.
  • Sources of financial support in the form of a bank issued letter or bank statement verifying that the applicant has a sum of at least $48,500 USD for the first academic year, exclusive of travel expenses, are required. You may email an original bank issued letter or bank statement to grads@ung.edu
  • Sources of financial support should equal what is reported in your Financial Affidavit.
  • All banking information must be in English. Certified bank letters are preferred. If submitting a bank statement, only official bank statements will be accepted. We are unable to accept a printout of online banking transaction history, online account summaries or online statements.
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Visa Documents

All international applicants, please submit copies of:

If you are currently residing in the United States, please submit copies of:

  • Visa/I-94 (front and back)
  • I-20
  • Passport
Student Health Insurance

International students are required to have health insurance. Visit the Center for Global Engagement's (CGE) website for additional information.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. Appeal letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal.

  • Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students.
  • Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.
  • Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Appeals must be submitted to:
Graduate Admissions
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001
grads@ung.edu

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