A carefully completed application for admission should be submitted to the Indiana Wesleyan University School of Health Sciences Masters in Athletic Training (MS AT) program. Admission to the Post-Professional Masters of Science in Athletic Training degree program is based on qualifications and space availability. This is a competitive program and application alone does not guarantee admittance. Admission is awarded without regard to sex, race, color, age, religion, national origin, or handicap.
Post-Professional Masters of Science in Athletic Training Degree Program Admissions Requirements
Applicants are required to meet the following criteria for consideration for admission:
- Applicants to the Post-Professional Masters of Science in Athletic Training (MS AT) degree program must have a baccalaureate degree in Athletic Training from a regionally accredited college or university. The minimum grade point average (GPA) is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If an individual has less than a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, they will be required to complete the GRE and interview as specified below.
- A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score (if required) on the new GRE of 146 on the verbal and 146 on the quantitative sections is recommended. For GRE exams taken prior to August 1, 2011, a minimum score of 1000 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections, with a verbal score of at least 400 and a quantitative score of at least 550.
- Application Form: Submit a completed School of Health Sciences graduate application form.
- Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended. Official transcripts from all post-high school educational experiences are to be included.
- A criminal history background check will be conducted at the applicant's expense. Graduate assistant clinical sites may have additional requirements, e.g., immunizations, a second background check and/or drug screen at the student's expense. Admission to and/or progression in the program may depend on your compliance and/or the results of these checks.
- References: Using the attached recommendation form, have three references submitted. At least one of the references must be from an athletic training practitioner and a previous faculty member who can speak to your capacity to do graduate level work.
- Writing Sample: In a double-spaced typed essay of 500 to 750 words, explain your interest in the program, what you hope to achieve by completing the program, and how your personal or professional background relates to your interests or goals. The essay's content and the clarity of writing will be assessed as part of the admissions process.
- Curriculum Vitae: Other aspects of an applicant's record, such as educational achievement, professional experience and clarity of career goals should be reflected in a curriculum vitae in determining admissibility. Generally admissions decisions are based on an overall assessment of the adequacy of an applicant's preparation and desire for the successful completion of a graduate course of study in Athletic Training.
- Deadline for Application: We have an early decision deadline of November 1st for all application materials, as well as a final deadline of April 1st. Eligible candidates will be required to participate in an interview with the faculty, which can be accomplished in person, by Skype/Facetime, or by telephone. Decisions regarding the acceptability of applicants for the Post Professional Masters of Science Degree in Athletic Training program will be made by the admissions committee after evaluation of all pertinent application materials. Applications cannot be accurately reviewed until all application materials are received and requirements have been met. New applications are
- Health Policy: Students applying to the Post Professional Masters of Science in Athletic Training program must have the appropriate health forms and records on file with the MS AT program director to be considered for admittance. The following tests and vaccinations must be on file with the MS AT program director by the start of their first term in the program (or in process to receive the vaccinations - HBV);
- Tuberculin Skin Test. If the TB test results are positive, a chest x-ray must be done. A yearly TB test is required and written results are given to the MS AT program director to be added to that student's file.
- Hepatitis B Vaccination. Applicants must demonstrate that they have been vaccinated with the Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV). A sum of three injections in a six-month period is required for this vaccination.
- Physical Examination. Applicants must have a physical examination completed by a physician and on file with the MS AT program director.
To fulfill graduation requirements students must have completed all of the following:
- All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
- Minimum grade of "B" (3.0 on a GPA scale) or higher in each course.
- Payment of tuition and fees to receive a diploma.
General Information Regarding Admission
- An interview may be requested of the applicant to the program.
- The number of applicants admitted to the MS in AT program will be limited. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not ensure that an applicant will be admitted to the program.
- Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser for Pearson LearningStudio.
- In order to complete assignments, students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent versions of Microsoft Office, as only the two most recent versions are supported by IWU technology. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures.
Students may have graduate courses from a regionally accredited college or university considered for transfer into the MS AT provided. No more than 6 credits may be accepted as transfer credit. The MS AT Program Director will make the final decision as to the compatibility of the course to meet curricular standards. The following are minimal standards for review:
- The course is clearly comparable to one of the MS AT course offerings based on course description and learning outcomes.
- The course is at the 500 or higher numbering system.
- The course has been completed within the past five years.
- The course reflects current knowledge-base and best practice.
- The course reflects higher order thinking, study, assessment requirements of the scholarship of discovery.