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Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.)

Earn your Master of Athletic Training at an NCAA Division I school

The Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) program at ACU provides entry-level comprehensive coursework, diverse clinical experiences and hands-on laboratory classes for those seeking knowledge in the field of athletic training.

Upon graduation, you will be able to apply your athletic training skills and knowledge in areas such as evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, and therapeutic interventions.

View a complete list of program goals and outcomes here.


ACU is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2019. 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.

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Program Overview

Credit hours 55
Tuition per credit hour $850
Degree Master of Athletic Training
Program length 24 months; begins in June.
Tracks N/A
Application deadline

March 1 for priority review.

May 1 for standard review (deadline may extend if space is available).


You will take courses such as:

  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Lower Extremity Assessment of Injury
  • Nutrition and Integrative Medicine
  • Pharmacology 
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Possible employment settings as a Certified Athletic Trainer:

  • High schools      
  • Colleges or universities
  • Industrial health care clinics
  • Military base
  • Professional sports
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Physician offices or hospitals
  • Fine arts
  • Athletic training education programs

Clinical Education

Each M.A.T. student will have the opportunity to work with multiple sports teams as well as gain traditional clinic setting experience during their 6 semesters at ACU. Additionally, each student will complete two 4 - 6 week immersion experiential learning experiences where he or she is required to commit all time and effort (no classes during this time) to their experience. Some clinical experiences may include:

  • NCAA DI - football, men’s and women’s basketball, indoor and sand volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, track and field, cross country, women’s soccer, women’s softball, baseball
  • NCAA DIII - football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, baseball, softball, track and field, cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, and men’s and women’s tennis
  • UIL 6A High School - football, girls’ volleyball, girls’ softball, boys’ baseball, boys’ and girls’ gymnastics, boys’ and girls’ swimming, boys’ and girls’ powerlifting, boys’ and girls’ tennis, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ track, boys’ and girls’ cross country
  • UIL 5A High School - football, girls’ volleyball, girls’ softball, boys’ baseball, boys’ and girls’ gymnastics, boys’ and girls’ swimming, boys’ and girls’ powerlifting, boys’ and girls’ tennis, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ track, boys’ and girls’ cross country
  • Physical Therapy Clinic
  • Outreach Athletic Training Clinic
  • WNBA
  • MLB Class AA
  • Rodeo

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must complete both an ATCAS (Athletic Training Centralized Application Service) application and an ACU Office of Graduate Programs application. NOTE: There is a one-time, $85 application fee charged by ATCAS, and a one-time, $50 ACU application fee. The ATCAS application can also be used to apply for other M.A.T. programs.

  • Bachelor’s Degree – Completion or near completion of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. Applicants must submit official transcripts for review. Admissions are made on the assumption that applicants will have the bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation, and if not, the M.A.T. program admission is void. The GRE is not required.
  • Prerequisite Coursework – All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation and must be three to four credit hours each. Prerequisites are:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Human Anatomy (or A&P I)
    • Human Physiology (or A&P II)
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Exercise Physiology and/or Kinesiology/Biomechanics
    • Statistics (basic)
    • Nutrition
  • GPA – An overall GPA of 3.0 is required to apply. Prerequisite and general science course grades will be reviewed.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Each applicant must obtain three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be completed by individuals who: (a) have supervised observation hours during any health care-related volunteer or paid work; (b) are previous or present instructors and/or advisors; (c) are previous or present employers; and (d) are health care professionals. Letters of recommendation should include elements demonstrating the applicant’s: (a) willingness to learn; (b) integrity; (c) perseverance; and (d) ability to interact with patients/clients. Letters of recommendation are submitted online through the ATCAS Application (see link below).
  • Personal Statement – A written statement (600-800 words) describing how professional goals, interests, and faith all led you to apply to the Master of Athletic Training Program at ACU.

Please note that additional information will be required upon admission to the M.A.T. program at ACU. This includes:

  • Fifty hours of observation directly supervised by a certified and licensed athletic trainer in the spring semester prior to enrollment at ACU. Observation hours must be documented and signed by the supervising athletic trainer on this required form.
  • A complete physical with medical history
  • Proof of immunizations
  • Drug test
  • Criminal background check
  • Proof of professional liability insurance

Your admission to the program is not final until all the post-admission requirements are met. They must be completed by June 1.

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We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.