The Master of Athletic Training program is part of the BGSU Graduate College

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  • Masters Available

Master of Athletic Training

Athletic Training

The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program develops clinical and academic leaders who will advance the athletic training profession and serve as skilled clinicians with requisite knowledge in implementing clinical decisions that improves the delivery of athletic healthcare locally and globally.

Quality Classroom Experiences

BGSU’s graduate program in Athletic Training requires immersive clinical experiences within the local community where students will be able to put their skills to immediate practice under the supervision of expert preceptors. The program offers students the opportunity to practice athletic health care in diverse settings, including international opportunities. BGSU’s faculty in athletic training are experts and scholars in their respective specialties, including administration, traumatic brain injury/concussion, orthopedic assessment, evidence-based practice, and international healthcare.

Stand Out in courses

  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Pathophysiology
  • Global Healthcare Dynamics
  • Athletic Training in a Multicultural Environment

BGSU’s graduate program in Athletic Training focuses on global healthcare with a curriculum that emphasizes a holistic approach to healthcare.


The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program offers a cutting-edge curriculum designed to enhance clinical decision-making. In this program, you will gain expertise in evidence-based practice to improve patient care and clinical outcomes. Throughout the program you will work with healthcare clinicians in interprofessional settings to expand your clinical knowledge and skills.

Internships and Careers

MAT graduates are eligible to challenge the Board of Certification’s athletic training exam, which meets the requirements for licensure. MAT graduates can work in a diversity of healthcare practice settings including professional sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.), collegiate athletics, hospital and ambulatory care settings, occupational health settings, sports medicine clinics, and high schools. MAT graduates are also able to work in clinical or nonclinical settings, such as healthcare administration. They may also choose to continue their education and earn advance doctorate degrees in athletic training (DAT) or other related disciplines.

GO FAR in careers such as

  • Certified Athletic Trainer

• Collegiate
• High School
• Professional Sports
• Performing Arts
• Physician’s Office
• Rehabilitation Clinic
• Industrial Setting
•Tactical Medicine


JOB placement

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 23% from 2014 to 2024. As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase, particularly with youth sports.

Application Requirements

Admission to the MAT program is selective. Two routes of admission are available. For both routes, applicants must complete all of the required prerequisite courses (see program website for details).

One route is for students in their final semester of undergraduate coursework or students that have already earned a bachelor’s degree. The second route enables current BGSU undergraduates to apply to the program as an accelerated, pre-master’s student. This second option requires a minimum 3.0 GPA after 90 undergraduate credits or 3.2 GPA after 75 credits. These applicants may forego the GRE submission. For this route, seniors may enroll in six graduate credit hours which may be used toward the curriculum requirements of the graduate program when receiving at least a B grade in those courses. If these requirements, as well as the requirements listed below, are all successfully completed, the student will automatically advance to the graduate program upon completion of the bachelor’s degree.

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission and must be maintained. Applicants are required to submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official or notarized copies of transcripts from all institutions where degrees were earned and diplomas from international institutions must be submitted. Before beginning the MAT program, admitted students must also provide documentation of a current ADA technical standards (see website), up-to-date immunizations, TB testing, BCI background check, and current emergency cardiac care certification.

Applicants are required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).* This requirement will be waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Two letters of recommendation and a personal statement are also required. Finally, applicants must provide evidence of 40 hours of observation under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer, demonstrate completion of AT technical standards, and complete a formal interview before being accepted to the MAT program.

International applicants are also required to submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Successful completion of ELS 112 will also be accepted for this requirement.

BGSU’s MAT program provides the opportunity to engage with D1 student-athletes and features a variety of clinical education opportunities.

BGSU Graduate College

The Master of Athletic Training program is part of the BGSU Graduate College

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Upon completion of the Masters degree, students in Athletic Training are expected to be able to:

  • Collaborate in inter-professional practice with a variety of global healthcare professionals.
  • Integrate research and standards of evidence based practice and quality improvement in clinical decision making.
  • Develop a patient centered plan of care that emphasizes appropriate diagnosis, management, and treatment of injuries and illnesses in an active population. 
  • Provide AT services to medically underserved and/or diverse populations.
  • Foster effective communication with and between patients, administrators and other healthcare professionals utilizing healthcare informatics.
  • Demonstrate ethical, moral, and legal behaviors of athletic training clinical practice. 
  • Distinguish the profession of athletic training within the broader climate of healthcare.  

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

BGSU is seeking accreditation for its Master's of Athletic Training program by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is currently not accredited. The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2021. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered on-line, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Master's of Athletic Training program requires professional licensure. More information on professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Athletic Training program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 03/04/2021 03:49PM