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FAST FACTS: M.S. Athletic Training

  • A unique and highly sought-after CAATE-accredited two year master’s degree program*
  • Learn advanced skills offering a first-semester anatomy dissection anatomy experience, additional education for Graston certification and training in Kinesiotaping and manual therapy techniques
  • 12-week Clinical Immersion, customized toward your career goal.
  • 64 total program credits

Tuition: $710/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2017-18 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

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Why a Master’s in Athletic Training?

Athletic trainers help keep athletes and other physically active people at the top of their game. And a master’s degree helps you do that better — and makes you more competitive in the job market.

In fact, Over 70% of athletic trainers possess advanced degrees and those with master's degrees earn, on average, $5,000 more per year than those with bachelor's degrees.

But that’s not the only reason to get your master’s. A new set of standards set by the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance, requires all aspiring athletic trainers to get their master's degree before they enter the profession. Students intending to enter baccalaureate programs will not be able to do so after 2022

Why CSS?

Even though this change doesn't take effect until 2022, we're already ahead of the curve. We've been offering a master's degree in Athletic Training since 2009, and continue to offer a cutting-edge curriculum. Our inter-professional educational experience allows students from multiple healthcare disciplines to study and learn together.

With opportunities to work with the latest technology and techniques (including Biodex Balance System, Power Plate Vibration Therapy, ImPACT), intern with teams and organizations worldwide, and conduct research that earns national recognition from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), we provide the hands-on education you need to make a difference in the field.

Program options for graduates and undergraduates

  • Post-baccalaureate master's program. For students who have already earned a bachelor's degree. This option takes 23 months to complete and offers the opportunity to focus on a concentrated program of study.
  • "M.S. in 5 (3 + 2) Option " program. For students without a bachelor's degree, we offer an accelerated program in which you earn both a bachelor's and master's degree. The program takes five years to complete.

What’s next?

The short answer — a career. Whether it’s in hospitals, clinics, high schools, colleges or with professional sports teams, 100 percent of our graduates find jobs once they graduate. And since the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 21 percent job growth for athletic trainers between now and 2020, it’s only going to get better. 

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  • David Bloomquist with his wife Suzie and their child

    "At St. Scholastica, you can develop close relationships with your professors and classmates. It's a close-knit community where you are not a number. And when you look at the track record of the program, we've got alumni in professional, college and high school sports. People are being trained well, and they're finding success."

    – David Bloomquist, MS, ATR, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, Minnesota United FC

  • Portrait of Leah Paul

    "I could not have asked for a better education and experience than the one I got in the MS Athletic Training program at CSS. The staff worked diligently to make sure the students got a blend of class and hands on experience. I will forever be an advocate for the Athletic Training program at CSS!"

    – Leah Paul, MS

  • "The athletic training education I received at CSS was second to none. The additional certifications we gained, the additional coursework we took, and the wide variety of clinical experiences we had, prepared each student for their desired job in the unique setting they want."

    – Christina Hirsch, MS, ATC