Hit the ground running.

Masters of Science
in Athletic Training

A rewarding career awaits you. 

Start with our Masters 
in Athletic Training.

We lead in everything we do.

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Program Structure

Study from anywhere without msat programs, join us in the summer and choose from hundreds of clinical immersions.

Program Structure

Our two-year, six-semester, 85 credit program prepares you to sit for the BOC exam. Cohorts start in the summer. Our MSAT is a hybrid program. Study online in the fall and spring, then gain hands-on clinical experience at our campus and partner institutions in the summer.
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In our msat programs, we accelerate the learning curve so you can be an effective practitioner.


Rigorous and rewarding, our msat programs prepare you to make an immediate impact with patients. Only at U of I can you choose clinical immersions at one of 150+ sites nationwide. (No cookie cutter education here.) Plus take advantage of continuing education courses.
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Career Placement

Our graduates are prepared for AT careers in a variety of settings, and often step into advanced positions.

Career Placement

Our grads work for sports teams, the military, manufacturers, performing arts groups and more. Clinical immersions help you build experience for your dream job and get your foot in the door at a top institution.
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Tuition & Fees

Our tuition is one of the lowest (hint: it’s because we are self funded.) And no “extra” fees. Ever.

Tuition & Fees

We charge an annual flat-rate, all-fees-included tuition. $22,434 covers all courses, course fees, and textbooks. Extra courses and certifications are free. You get your money’s worth here. We invest the most money back into the student experience.
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Faculty Leaders

High-credentialed. Visionary. Our faculty has set the bar for other msat programs.

Faculty Leaders

Our faculty have deep experience in nearly all aspects of AT practice, including professional, collegiate, high school and clinical settings. We were the first in the world to be certified in the Mulligan Concept—and designed the nation’s first DAT program.
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Clinical Research

Rooted in evidence, our student and faculty research is helping transform patient care.

Clinical Research

We help our students translate research to practice. Our faculty members maintain a balance of applied and laboratory research while also mentoring student-led projects. We’re enhancing evidence-based practice and creating practice-based evidence.


More patient interaction.
More variety. More freedom.

Athletic trainers work in diverse settings and often see patients daily or several times a day—which stands in stark contrast to the mere minutes allotted to other medical providers. As an athletic trainer, you can cultivate relationships and make a real impact on people’s lives. Our U of I graduates work with sports teams, athletes, performing artists, military personnel, and industrial workers. If you want a fulfilling career where you’re in the thick of the action, our Athletic Training masters degree prepares you to hit the ground running.

Pick the Athletic Training masters program that leads the pack.

Find your stride.

We’re here to make you a successful practitioner. 

We’ve created an accelerated masters in Athletic Training program that imparts years of training, discovery and clinical experience. We give you everything you need to know to be a highly-effective, capable, certified practitioner right out of the gate. No other university Athletic Training masters program matches our academic rigor, clinical focus, and emphasis on personal development.

Get ahead faster.
Get your athletic training masters degree.

Our MSAT grads enjoy higher salaries and lower student debt.

While physical therapists continue to see their salaries sag, and doctors are burdened with crushing student debt (over $200k on average!), athletic trainers are getting ahead. If you have an athletic training masters degree, you have a bright future with strong upward-trending earning potential and lower student debt.

You’ll take on even less debt at U of I. We’re the only Masters in Athletic Training program in the U.S. that’s self-funded, so our tuition costs are among the lowest in the nation and our program quality is higher. Our MSAT students rack up professional certifications and attend career-boosting trainings at no extra cost.
After completing our accredited MSAT program, it’s not uncommon for our graduates to step right into advanced positions with higher pay. Just one more way our MSAT program gets you ahead of the pack.

Find flexibility.

Our innovative program lets you pursue a masters in Athletic Training wherever you want.

Highly flexible by design, our MSAT program provides a challenging education while giving you the opportunity to access experts anywhere in the nation. We’re one of the only universities to offer an accredited Athletic Training masters program that lets you stay rooted in your community with options to explore the country. Choose from hundreds of career-boosting clinical immersion opportunities with partner institutions and clinics across the U.S.

Our students succeed. On average, 97% of our MSAT graduates pass the board OF CERTIFICATION exam.

—based on data from 2015-2020

Program Structure

The MSAT is an accredited 24-month, 85 credit program. Each summer, students come to our U of I campus for 13-15 units of intensive, hands-on education and utilize our applied learning spaces. Fall and spring semesters utilize a hybrid education model.


All students are required to complete a minimum cumulative total of 900 clinical education hours under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer during the two-year program.

Clinical Experiences

In addition to on-campus clinical work, students dive into a variety of clinical experiences thanks to hundreds of affiliates around the country. We can help create clinical experiences in line with your unique career aspirations.

Our Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.) is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, an accrediting agency recognized by the Council of Higher Education.

Want more?

Visit our MSAT Prospective Students page and find information on career trends, degree requirements, scholarships, program costs and more.

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We lead the nation in Athletic Training programs.

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“With an MSAT from U of I, you can skip the learning curve and the “paying your dues” phase and step right into your dream job.”


Make the leap.