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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.

UNM’s Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006 USA. The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree and is pending approval.

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

MSAT Handbook

2021-2022 MSAT Training Program Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about the MSAT program and admissions can be found here:

Download MSAT FAQs

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
  • Personal statement and supplemental questions located on ATCAS.
  • 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.)
  • TOEFL scores or CELAC option (international applicants only).


Prerequisite Coursework

If you are interested in pursuing the MSAT program, we recommend completing the undergraduate Exercise Science degree at UNM because it includes all pre-requisite courses. More information about the B.S. in Exercise Science can be found here:

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 priority admissions deadline of December 1, 2021 followed by rolling admissions.
  • Qualified applicants will be invited for a videoconference interview.
  • Students should apply to the program through ATCAS at Do not submit an application to UNM’s Graduate School until instructed to do so by the program.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Prospective students can estimate cost of attendance based on current tuition & fee rates found on the bursar’s website at Athletic training students will also pay a tuition differential of $65/credit hour (pending). In addition to the required tuition and fees, students should expect to pay for books, transportation to clinical sites, background checks and liability insurance (~$75/year), and any additional professional attire they would like beyond what is provided by the program. UNM’s program is a part of the Western Regional Graduate Program, where you may be eligible for resident or discounted tuition if you are a resident of one of 16 WICHE member states and territories. Learn more here: