Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development offers a science-based curriculum that provides the foundation for a career in athletic training. Classroom and laboratory experiences are designed to provide the student with an applied understanding of the scientific basis of athletic training in different populations. As Maine’s only NCAA Division I school, UMaine offers a wealth of hands on and real-world experiences right at students’ fingertips.

Our program offers students the opportunity to experience inter-professional education with other students and faculty in health care fields such as exercise science and osteopathic medicine. The MSAT program prepares graduates to become certified athletic trainers by sitting for the initial Board of Certification exam, and once completed to achieve state licensure wherever they choose to practice. Our alumni are in demand, working as athletic trainers with amateur and professional athletes, as well as in other medical, clinical, military, professional or educational settings. In addition, after earning a master’s in athletic training, many practitioners pursue additional graduate study in sports administration, sports psychology, physical therapy, education and more.

Our academically competitive professional master’s program can be completed in two academic years. For the first year and a half, students take in-person courses at the University of Maine in Orono. During the final semester, coursework is completed online through video conferencing either asynchronously or synchronously. This allows students the opportunity to complete their final, immersive clinical education experience anywhere in the United States, while still completing their final courses.

Students may opt for either a non-thesis or thesis track for completing their studies. All graduates of the MSAT program are eligible to sit for the BOC Exam for athletic trainers, pending CAATE approval.

  • MSAT (non-thesis): This track requires completion of 54 credit hours.
  • MSAT (thesis): The thesis option requires carrying out an original piece of research resulting in a written thesis and a minimum of 57 credit hours.

Degrees offered: MS

Program Format: On Campus

Application deadline: Recommended deadline of Feb. 1 for Fall Admission

Test Required: None

Contact: Christopher Nightingale

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Program Website: Athletic Training