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Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program

The University of New Mexico is excited to start its new professional master’s degree program in July 2022. This program is designed to prepare students to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

The University of New Mexico’s undergraduate program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program will apply to the CAATE for a change in level of degree during the 2021-2022 academic year.

More in the Athletic Training Program

Dr. Sara Nottingham
Athletic Training Program Coordinator
Johnson Center, Room 1132

Program Overview

UNM’s MSAT program will consist of a 60-credit coursework-only option and a 66-credit thesis option. The program is a 2-year program that starts in early July and ends in mid-May each year. Students are admitted into a cohort once per year that starts in July.

Plan of Study

Download the MS in Athletic Training (MSAT) Plan of Study.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree completed by program start date
  • ≥3.0 GPA on the last 60 graded core courses taken
  • Grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses, completed within the past 10 years
  • Resume
  • Letter of interest that introduces yourself, your career goals, why you are interested in UNM’s Athletic Training program and the profession of athletic training, and what makes you a good candidate (approximately 2 pages).
  • 50 observation hours completed with at least 1 Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainer
    • Hours should be documented and signed by the supervising athletic trainer in a form or letter
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    • At least 1 from a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer
    • At least 1 from a faculty member attesting to your academic abilities
    • 3rd reference must be from a professional source who can speak on behalf of your character (e.g. employer, faculty member, Athletic Trainer, etc.)
  • Acknowledgment that you have reviewed program requirements and will abide by the guidelines included (including technical standards, immunization requirements, etc.)
  • Additional application requirements, including the TOEFL, will be required of international applicants. Please contact the Program Coordinator for additional details.


Prerequisite Coursework

Required Prerequisite Course

(1 semester each)

UNM Equivalent Course


BIOL 1140: Biology for Health Sciences

BIOL 1140L: Biology for Health Sciences Laboratory


CHEM 1215: General Chemistry I for STEM Majors

CHEM 1215L: General Chemistry I for STEM Majors Laboratory


MATH 1350: Introduction to Statistics


PHYS 1115: Survey of Physics

or PHYS 1230: Algebra-Based Physics I

Human Nutrition

NUTR 2110: Human Nutrition


PSYC 1110: Introduction to Psychology

Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (two semesters required)*

BIOL 2210: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 2210L: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory

BIOL 2225: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 2225L: Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory

Biomechanics or Kinesiology

PRPE 2165: Kinesiology

Exercise Physiology with Lab

PEP 326L: Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology

*If anatomy/physiology are completed separately, a minimum of 1 semester of anatomy with lab and 1 semester of physiology with lab are required to meet these prerequisites.

Application Procedures

  • Applications for the July 2022 cohort will open in Fall 2021, with a projected priority admissions deadline of December 1, 2021 followed by rolling admissions.
  • Qualified applicants will be invited for a videoconference interview
  • Check back on this website in early Fall 2021 for details about how to apply.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Prospective students can estimate cost of attendance based on current tuition & fee rates found on the bursar’s website at The athletic training program will include additional costs in the form of a tuition differential, course fees, and/or program fees. These fees will be updated when available, during the 2021-2022 academic year. Please contact the program coordinator for additional details.