MS in Athletic Training

The athletic training graduate program at William Paterson University (WP) offers courses of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training (MS in AT). It is a rigorous, challenging educational experience, which presents knowledge and skills necessary for the students' professional preparation. Upon completion of the program, the students will be well prepared to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Ultimately, the goal of the Athletic Training (AT) Program at WP is to prepare students for a successful future in the athletic training profession or, for those who wish to go on, further study at the doctoral level.

Students in the program are expected to complete 38 credits of course work, which include both didactic education and clinical education experiences. The clinical education experience will include four semesters of hands-on experience with a WP AT Program approved preceptor, with one semester being a completely immersive experience in the fall of the second year.

Learn more about the program here.

CAATE Program Information and Outcomes


View required courses and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline

April 1st for Summer Session I (end of May) admission. 

*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis.

Contact Us

Professor Jaclyn Morrissette, PhD, ATC
Director of Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Programs
Department of Kinesiology

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements, the admission requirements for the MS in AT degree program are:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • A current resume
  • Two individuals to serve as references. Reference information should include the current contact information of each individual, including their email address and phone number. This can be former professors or other persons who can attest to the student’s ability to succeed in graduate study in athletic training.
  • Official academic transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended showing evidence of a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and completion of the following MS in AT prerequisite courses:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I (C- or better)
    • Anatomy & Physiology II (C- or better)
    • Introduction to Sports Medicine (C- or better)
    • Surface Anatomy
    • Medical Terminology
    • First Aid & CPR
    • General Biology I
    • College Chemistry
    • Introduction to Physics
    • General Psychology
    • Elementary Statistics
  • A one to two page personal statement stating why you are interested in pursuing a Master's degree in Athletic Training at WPU.
  • TOEFL scores are required for non-native English speakers. Minimum scores of 500/170/60 for paper/computer/internet versions.

Recommended but not required:

  • GRE General Test scores.
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