Admission Requirements and Checklist

The School of Health Sciences – Department of Athletic Training at The College of St. Scholastica participates in the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service, known as ATCAS. Applicants applying to The Master of Science in Athletic Training program may apply online using the ATCAS application OR the CSS application indicated below.

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1. Preparation

  • B.A./B.S. degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8; 3.0 for MS in 5 option.
  • Professional exploration: a minimum of two athletic training practice settings addressing the needs of distinct patient populations (MS in 5 candidates must complete a minimum of 50 hours of exploration).

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Students must present evidence of successful completion of the following CSS courses (or equivalencies as subject to consideration by the CSS Athletic Training Admissions Committee). Grades of C (C-/CD not acceptable) or higher is required in all individual prerequisite courses. These courses must be completed before matriculation.


  • BIO 2110 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIO 2120 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • CHEM 1020 Introductory Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4) or CHEM 1110 General Chemisty I (4)
  • EXP 3331 Exercise Physiology (4)
  • PSC 2001 Physics I (4) or EXP 3322 Biomechanics (4)
  • PSY 3331 Statistics (4)
  • PSY 1105 General Psychology or PSY 2208 Developmental Psychology or PSY 3423 Abnormal Psychology (4)

NOTE: Equivalencies of 2110, 2120, 1020 and 2001 must include laboratory components.


  • BIO 3020 Pathophysiology (4)
  • HSC 2203 Intro to US Healthcare System (4)
  • PSC 2002 Physics II (4)
  • PSY 3341 Introduction to Counseling (2)

Under the terms of these agreements, slots each are reserved for students that meet all the admissions criteria. Interested students should contact the Chair of Athletic Training at St. Scholastica or the chairperson of the respective department at the listed institution.  The institutions with articulation agreements include:

  • Concordia University St. Paul (Exercise Science)
  • University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (Human Biology)
  • University of Wisconsin - Parkside (Allied Health Science/Fitness Mgmt. & Sport Mgmt.)
  • University of Wisconsin - Superior (Health and Human Performance)
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Exercise Science)
  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls (Exercise and Sports Science)
  • Plattsburgh State University of New York (Fitness and Wellness Leadership)

2. Application

Transcripts required: B.A./B.S. transcript showing degree conferred, any post-baccalaureate transcript, and any transcript with prerequisite coursework.

Request official transcripts for receipt on or before the application deadline.

Must be in the original sealed envelope from the school, or from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as Parchment, Docufide, Scrip Safe, National Clearinghouse or other certified, online transcript service.

Email to

Mail to:
The College of St. Scholastica 
Office of Graduate and Extended Studies Admissions
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN  55811

Please order early — transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive.

The School of Health Sciences – Department of Athletic Training at The College of St. Scholastica participates in the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service, known as ATCAS. Applicants applying to The Master of Science in Athletic Training program may apply online using the ATCAS application OR the CSS application indicated below.

  1. Complete the Online Application. You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (please do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. Upload a Master's of Athletic Training Essay (word or pdf).

    As part of the online application, prepare an essay, typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins, addressing the following points. This should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, academic program. Please formulate your thoughts in an essay format, integrating your responses in a cohesive manner, not short answer.
    1. What are your career goals?
    2. What personal characteristics and skills make you well suited for Athletic Training?
    3. Discuss your personal ethics and values. Explain why those are important to professional practice.
    4. If you have encountered challenges while attending school (financial/medical/personal/social), working, or supporting a family and would like to explain irregularities in your application or performance, please do so.
  3. In the online application, enter contact information for two references, at least one of which must be an athletic trainer you have observed/shadowed (M.S. in 5 students must submit one additional recommendations from CSS faculty verifying fitness for graduate studies. No scores less than 3 are accepted). These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "Please submit your recommendation for *First Name *Last Name".
  4. Enter your Professional Exploration Form (docx) information into the text fields.
  5. An interview with member(s) of the admissions committee may be requested (required for MS in 5 option).
  6. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and an admissions decision.

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or


3. Post-Completion

  • After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal to accept or decline using the Decision Response form.
  • Submit $250 non-refundable deposit.
  • Submit Student Health Services forms, including the immunization form, through the COR student portal/My Health/Forms.
  • More information for accepted students.
  • Review the Entry Level MS in Athletic Training Technical Standards.
  • You will receive a letter from the department concerning a Criminal Background Check and completion of the Technical Standards form. Please respond to these requests accordingly.

    You will then receive 1-2 additional letters from the department with additional information you will need for starting the program.

    NOTE: These letters will come to the email you provided and include attachments so please make sure your account is configured accordingly.

As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.

You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for coursework you’ve completed. See our Graduate Transfer Credit Policy for more information and complete a  Credit Transfer Application Form. This form can be completed and provided to your program advisor and/or program department contact.

ATR 5006 | $105
ATR 5007 | $105
ATR 5510 | $300
ATR 6002 | $40
ATR 6009 | $100
ATR 6100 | $170
ATR 6502 | $40
ATR 6510 | $40
ATR 7004 | $130
ATR 7008 | $150
ATR 7009 | $40
ATR 7504 | $10
ATR 7100 | $30
ATR 7888/7980 | $60

Texts: ~$1,000/year

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the MS in 5 option is Nov. 15. The application deadline for priority consideration for the post-baccalaureate option is Jan. 15. Review of completed application files will continue until all open seats for the program are filled.

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Contact Us

Courtney EickmanCourtney Eickman
Admissions Counselor, Duluth Campus
(877) 287-8731

Hal StroughHal Strough
Chair, Athletic Training Department
(218) 723-6798
(866) 478-9277