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Master of Science Athletic Training

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Pre-Athletic Training

UIndy responds to advance the athletic training profession

Athletic trainers work in a variety of settings, from schools and colleges/universities to outpatient clinics and industry, providing immediate care to athletes and other physically active individuals who suffer injuries or acute illnesses. Healthcare professions have greatly evolved in recent years, and athletic training is no exception. In May 2015, the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance, led by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) agreed to move the standard for the professional degree in athletic training to the master's level. In response to this decision, UIndy's athletic training major has transitioned from an undergraduate professional program to a graduate professional program. 

While accredited colleges and universities have a minimum of seven years to implement the decision made by the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance, UIndy wishes to remain ahead of the curve by providing the level of educational experience that will keep our students competitive and relevant when they enter the job market. UIndy's athletic training program is one of the first at the state, regional and national levels to transition to a graduate program. The last class of UIndy undergraduate athletic training students started in August 2015. 

In addition to our partnership agreements with over 20 clinical education sites in the greater Indianapolis area, the program's location in the new, state-of-the-art Health Pavilion will provide more opportunities for interprofessional practice with other health sciences programs. Opportunities may include, but are not limited to, clinical experience in an on-site, community-based rehabilitation clinic.

Degree completion options for UIndy undergraduate students

Beginning in the fall of 2016, if you desire an athletic training degree from the University of Indianapolis, you will need to earn a master's degree. As an incoming freshman or transfer student to UIndy, you can choose pre-athletic training as a concentration, but you must also choose a major. You can choose from any major as long as you complete the prerequisite courses. However, choosing a related major such as exercise science, biology, public health education and promotion or psychology may serve as a foundation for the graduate athletic training program and help to fulfill your prerequisites. After you complete your bachelor's degree, you can apply to the graduate program in athletic training.

For high-achieving high school students, we offer the following accelerated options to earning a master's in athletic training.

Early Entry (3-2) 

The Early Entry (3-2) program is designed for incoming freshmen (or transfers meeting degree matriculation requirements) who are interested in an accelerated path toward the advanced degree, and who want to earn their degree in five instead of six years. This option allows you to be granted permission to start athletic training coursework in your fourth year after the completion of all undergraduate and core requirements. To qualify for this option, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a University of Indianapolis undergraduate program
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Have a prerequisite course GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Minimum grade of C in prerequisite courses
  • Submit a letter from your undergraduate advisor approving that all designated university core, major and prerequisite courses will be completed prior to your fourth year of college

Students who earn early entry admission status must also complete or submit the following before receiving official admittance:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Three recommendations, including one from a certified athletic trainer
  • Interview with the athletic training program faculty/staff, if invited
  • Complete a minimum of 50 observation hours with a sports medicine/rehabilitation healthcare provider
  • Writing sample
  • Physical examination by a healthcare provider
  • Immunization record
  • TOEFL – for international applicants

Early Assurance

The Early Assurance option is designed for incoming freshmen who have declared pre-athletic training as a concentration in conjunction with any undergraduate major. This option will inform your course selections throughout your undergraduate career. With acceptance into the Early Assurance program and fulfillment of all program criteria, you will be guaranteed admission into the master's degree program in athletic training.

To be considered for the Early Assurance program, you must be admitted into any undergraduate degree program by the University of Indianapolis and meet the following:

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Math SAT score of 560 or higher or Math ACT of 23 or higher
  • SAT scores of 1080 (ERW and Math Total) or 
  • ACT composite of 22 
  • Declare pre-athletic training as a concentration by February 1 

Once admitted to the Early Assurance program, you must meet the following academic standards and other requirements to keep your guaranteed status into the graduate program:

  • If following the Early Entry (3-2) Option, all undergraduate major requirements must be met before entering the graduate program, or if following the bachelor's degree option, the bachelor's degree must be completed before entering the graduate program.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Prerequisite course GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Grade of "C" or higher in all prerequisite course work. NOTE: Advanced Placement (AP) Credits are not accepted as prerequisites for the athletic training graduate program.
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit your scores
  • Submit three recommendation letters, including one from a certified athletic trainer
  • Complete an interview with the athletic training program faculty/staff
  • Complete a minimum of 50 observation hours with a sports medicine/rehabilitation healthcare provider
  • Submit a writing sample
  • Receive and submit a physical examination by a healthcare provider 
  • Submit your immunization records
  • Submit TOEFL scores (international applicants only)


The University of Indianapolis Master of Science in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The next comprehensive program review is scheduled for the 2026-2027 academic year.