As you prepare your application for the ACU Master of Athletic Training, you may have questions very similar to those of other applicants. Below are answers to a list of commonly asked questions.
How do I apply to the ACU Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program?
You can apply through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS).
What if my undergraduate degree is not in Athletic Training?
That’s okay! Students with any undergraduate major can apply.
When will the ACU ATCAS application open for the next cohort?
ATCAS opens each July for students wanting to begin graduate school the following summer. . You can click here to begin your ATCAS application.
When is the deadline to apply through ATCAS? What if my ATCAS application is not verified by the deadline?
Priority review is February 1. Rolling admission continues through May 1.
Do I need to submit application documents to ACU, in addition to ATCAS?
No. All application items will be reviewed through the ATCAS portal.
If admitted to ACU, students will submit additional information required for enrollment, such as immunizations, a complete physical, observation hours, etc.
Is there an ACU application fee?
Yes, the $65 ACU application fee can be paid here.
How many students are accepted each year?
The ACU MAT accepts 10-15 students in each cohort.
How many observation hours do I need and who should I observe?
A minimum of 50 observation hours should be directly supervised by a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer. Observation hours must be documented and signed by the supervising Athletic Trainer on the observation hours form and submitted to the MAT Program Director by June 1st. The MAT Program Director can assist you in identifying potential observation opportunities.
What is the average GPA of an admitted student?
The average GPA is a 3.2, however all applications are reviewed holistically.
What are the prerequisite courses for the program?
Prerequisites include: 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.
Do all of my prerequisites courses need to be completed before the application deadline?
No, prerequisites can be pending when completing the application in ATCAS. However, they must be completed before beginning the ACU MAT program in late June.
How do I know if my classes at my university meet the prerequisite requirements?
Please email Dr. Melissa Long (firstname.lastname@example.org) with prerequisite review requests.
Is the GRE required for admission?
No, the GRE is not required for admission.
Can I transfer credits to ACU’s MAT from another program?
Credits may be accepted, pending faculty approval.
When will I be notified of my admission status?
The MAT makes rolling admission decisions before and after the application deadline. Students will be notified soon after selecting ACU and completing the application verification process in ATCAS.