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Kinesiology and Recreation - Athletic Training, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1139 (BCR) , IL,
The CAATE-accredited Athletic Training graduate program at Illinois State University provides students with advanced knowledge in athletic training focused in the area of application of various manual therapy techniques and biomechanical principals related to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of musculoskeletal pathologies.


The curriculum focuses on critical inquiry and reasoning for certified athletic trainers. The sequence requirements incorporate a variety of teaching methods, philosophies, and experiences to facilitate practical knowledge beyond that of an entry-level athletic trainer, thereby providing the student a unique opportunity to learn different ideologies and skills within sports medicine.

Recent graduates have earned positions with high schools, universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, fitness clubs, research laboratories, and industrial settings. Others have continued on to earn a terminal degree in sports medicine or education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Evidence-based Sports Medicine
  • Advanced Assessment And Treatment Of Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Advanced Seminar In Sports Medicine
  • Injury Biomechanics
  • Modern Manual Therapy I
  • Modern Manual Therapy II

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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General Requirements

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent
  • present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned.
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a Master's program. 
  • submit a current resume, outlining your education and work history
  • submit a goal statement including: a) why you are seeking ISU for graduate school, b) how ISU's master's program will prepare you in your future goals
  • submit names and email addresses of three references for letters of recommendation within the online application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16680 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    16680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16680 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    9066 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9066 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Normal

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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