The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program is designed to enable students to demonstrate, in the classroom and during clinical experiences, that they have achieved levels of comprehension, competency, and proficiency expected of entry-level athletic trainers.
The program’s classroom component is divided into two sections: athletic training theory and practice, and clinical experiences. The courses are designed to expose students to information through multiple didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences. These courses incorporate the Curricular Content Standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
All students are required to complete the curriculum in the established sequence of courses.
By combining excellence in teaching, the latest technologies available in education, and outstanding clinical site affiliations, graduates of the program are fully prepared to take and pass the comprehensive Board of Certification (BOC) exam and start their careers as athletic trainers.
The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through 2026-27. For information on how this program may prepare students for professional licensure, please visit https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/kpt/athletictraining/masters/.
The Master of Athletic Training program prepares graduates to advance the quality of healthcare provided to physically active people through interdisciplinary patient-centered education. The Program is committed to providing students with enriching didactic, clinical, and research experiences that foster communication, critical thinking, leadership, and collaboration. Graduates of the Program will understand the role of the athletic trainer as a member of the healthcare team and will advocate for the advancement of the profession.
The Master of Athletic Training program aspires to be a nationally recognized leader in athletic training education where diverse students, faculty, and preceptors advance healthcare through innovation in education, research, and clinical practice.
The Master of Athletic Training program faculty values initiative, integrity, compassion, inclusion, and altruism.
Completion of prerequisite coursework outlined below with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required. Candidates with all prerequisites completed at the time of application may be given preference over those still completing courses. Courses older than 10 years will not be accepted. Applicants should only be enrolled in a maximum of two pre-requisite courses at the time of application.
General Bio/Biology - A minimum of 4 credits (including a lab) for science majors - Biology courses for non-science majors and non-human biology courses are not acceptable.
Human Anatomy and Physiology - A minimum of 8 credits (including two labs) for science majors - Anatomy and physiology courses for non-science majors and non-human anatomy and physiology courses are not acceptable.
Option 1: One semester of Human Anatomy with lab and one semester of Human Physiology with lab
Option 2: Two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology combined courses with a lab each (A&P-I and A&P-II)
Statistics - A minimum of 3 credit hours
Human Nutrition /Clinical Nutrition - A minimum of 3 credit hours for science or health/medicine/nursing majors
General Psychology - A minimum of 3 credit hours - Any course taken within a psychology department/unit will be acceptable.
Exercise Physiology - A minimum of 3 credit hours
Biomechanics or Kinesiology - A minimum of 3 credit hours
General Chemistry/Chemistry I - A minimum of 4 credits (including a lab) for science majors
Physics I - A minimum of 4 credits (including a lab) for science majors
The MAT degree program is a two-year full-time professional master’s program requiring 65 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The courses are taken in a prescribed sequence over 6 semesters, including 18 credit hours of clinical practice. Clinical practice occurs under the direct supervision of a certified and licensed athletic trainer.
Total Credit Hours Required: 65 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
Required Courses—65 Credit Hours
Summer 1/Semester 1—9 Credit Hours
Fall 1/Semester 2—12 Credit Hours
Spring 1/Semester 3—12 Credit Hours
Summer 2/Semester 4—8 Credit Hours
Fall 2/Semester 5—12 Credit Hours
Spring 2/Semester 6—12 Credit Hours
Passing a comprehensive examination with a grade of 80 percent or better is a requirement for continued progress in the Master of Athletic Training degree. This examination will be given to every student at the end of the third semester (mid-point of the program). Students must take the exam at that time and will be allowed a maximum of three (3) attempts. Failure to pass the examination in 3 attempts will result in a review by the AT Program Progression and Retention Committee and may result in dismissal from the program. Students may not enroll in fourth-semester coursework until they have successfully completed the comprehensive examination.
Students enrolled full-time in the Master of Athletic Training degree program pay an estimated Equipment Fee of $56 each semester they are enrolled.
Additional Program Costs
Current expenses for tuition fees and other university fees are listed on the UCF Student Accounts website (https://studentaccounts.ucf.edu/tf-graduate/). Additionally, several MAT courses include Material and Supply fees which are listed in the UCF Graduate Catalog. Students in the MAT program are also expected to pay for the following: nametags, CPR/First Aid/AED certification, appropriate clinical attire, transportation costs, and background checks/fingerprinting.
All students in the Master of Athletic Training program are required to engage in independent learning, a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, to attain knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors. Activities such as case studies, critical analysis of literature, research/capstone projects, and clinical practica provide important independent learning experiences that give students ample opportunity to demonstrate and develop independent learning skills.
Applicants must apply to both UCF Graduate Admissions and the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS).
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog.
The Master of Athletic Training program participates in the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service, known as ATCAS. Prospective students must apply online using the ATCAS application. In addition to the ATCAS application, applicants must also submit a UCF application for graduate admissions at https://applynow.graduate.ucf.edu/apply/. Both the ATCAS application and the UCF Graduate application must be submitted by the posted application deadline.
All application materials MUST be sent directly to ATCAS. Supporting documents (transcripts, letters, etc.) should not be sent directly to the MAT program or UCF College of Graduate Studies and will not be reviewed. To learn more about the ATCAS application process, visit http://caate.net/apply-now/.
Admission to the MAT program is competitive and applications are reviewed as they are received beginning February 1. Students may continue to apply after February 1 and will be evaluated (rolling admissions) until seats are filled. The final deadline for applications is April 1.
The following application materials must be received by ATCAS:
- Completed ATCAS application including all documents required by ATCAS.
- One official transcript from each college/university attended.
- The transcripts must demonstrate a minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA in undergraduate coursework and completion of prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0).
- Candidates with all prerequisites completed at the time of application may be given preference over those still completing courses.
- The bachelor’s degree may be in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution and may be in progress at the time of application. However, the degree must be awarded prior to the program’s start date in the Summer C semester (mid-May).
- Applicants who have attended a college/university outside the United States must also provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation.
- Official GRE scores taken within the last five years. Use GRE CODE for UCF ATCAS: 4241 (Do not use the “Institution Code” for GRE listed at the bottom.)
- Proof of 50 hours of observation of an athletic trainer (BOC certified) in a high school, collegiate, and/or professional sports setting.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation with ATCAS recommendation forms, including one from an athletic trainer.
- Complete a personal statement/essay about professional goals and the discipline of athletic training.
Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.
- An on-campus interview, by invitation only, may be required after the initial application review process is complete.
- Admission to the program is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an applicant an interview or admission to the program.
- Admissions decisions will be made only once per academic year. Incoming students must begin the program in the summer C semester (mid-May).
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|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.