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Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree is a 63-hour, professional athletic training degree which provides graduate students with the knowledge, values, skills, and clinical education necessary to successfully practice as certified athletic trainers. Graduates of this program will be prepared to successfully pass the Board of Certification Inc. (BOC) certification examination.

The program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree but are seeking entry into the athletic training profession through a graduate program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The IWU MSAT program is accredited through the 2027-2028 academic year. This program is not intended for students who already have an undergraduate athletic training degree from a CAATE accredited institution or are currently eligible for the BOC certification examination.

Why Pursue My MSAT at IWU?

CAATE LogoThe mission of the MSAT at Indiana Wesleyan University is to offer high-quality, evidence-based educational opportunities that help students grow intellectually, professionally, and personally within a nationally accredited curriculum in athletic training, serving the healthcare needs of Indiana and beyond.

To achieve the mission of both Indiana Wesleyan University and the MSAT, we strive to provide:

A Christ-centered learning environment that nurtures and develops professional behaviors aligned with the values of excellence, caring, honesty, and respect. These values are consistent with the Code of Ethics by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Standards of Professional Practice from the Board of Certification, Inc.

A comprehensive, student-focused curriculum that covers the full scope of athletic training. This curriculum builds on students' liberal arts and science foundation, deepens their understanding of athletic healthcare issues, and prepares them to engage with and serve a diverse patient population.

A variety of didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences that expose students to a wide range of traditional and emerging healthcare and human service delivery models.

What Will I Learn in this MSAT?

In the MSAT program at Indiana Wesleyan University, you’ll learn:

  • Evidence-Based Practice: Apply the latest research and clinical guidelines to optimize patient care.
  • Clinical Skills: Gain hands-on experience in preventing, diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating both chronic and acute medical conditions.
  • Professional Behaviors: Develop values like excellence, caring, honesty, and respect, aligned with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association's Code of Ethics.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Work effectively with physicians and other healthcare professionals.
  • Patient Engagement: Learn to serve a diverse patient population, promoting their health and activity in all aspects of life.
  • Christ-Centered Learning: Grow in a supportive, Christ-centered environment that fosters intellectual, professional, and personal development.

By completing the MSAT program, you’ll be well-prepared to meet healthcare needs in Indiana and beyond, making a meaningful impact in athletic training.

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What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Educational Institutions: High schools, colleges, and universities, providing care to student-athletes.
  • Professional and Amateur Sports: Working with athletes in professional sports teams, minor league teams, and youth sports organizations.
  • Healthcare Facilities: Hospitals, clinics, and physician offices, offering rehabilitation and injury prevention services.
  • Corporate and Industrial Settings: Providing ergonomic assessments, injury prevention programs, and first aid to employees.
  • Performing Arts: Supporting the health and performance of dancers, musicians, and other performers.
  • Military and Law Enforcement: Assisting in the physical conditioning and injury management of military personnel and law enforcement officers.
  • These diverse environments highlight the versatile role of athletic trainers in promoting health and safety across various populations.

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Program Requirements
  • Applicants to the Masters of Science Degree in Athletic Training (MSAT) program must have a baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Application form: Submit a completed graduate application on the ATCAS system here.
  • 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.
  • References: Submit three references. At least one of the references must be from a medical practitioner and another from 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.
  • 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.
  • Deadline for Application: We have a deadline of June 15th for all application materials. Eligible candidates will be required to participate in an interview with the faculty, which can be accomplished in person, virtually, or by telephone.  Decisions regarding the acceptability of applicants for the Master 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 required for those who defer a year or miss the cutoff date for admissions.
  • All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum overall GPA of 3.25

Students must have completed the following courses with a grade of B or better from a regionally accredited college or university to be considered for the MSAT program.  These courses provide a foundation for success in professional level graduate work in the MSAT program.  The MSAT Program Director will make the final decision as to the compatibility of each course to meet curricular standards.

  • Anatomy with lab - 4 credits
  • Physiology with lab - 4 credits
  • Nutrition - 3 credits
  • General Psychology - 3 credits
  • Kinesiology - 3 credits
  • Biomechanics - 3 credits
  • Exercise Physiology - 3 credits
  • General Statistics - 3 credits
  • Biology with lab - 4 credits                                             
  • Chemistry with lab - 4 credits
  • Physics with lab - 4 credits
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

IWU Master of Science in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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