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Athletic Training, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #905 (BCR) , ND,
The Master of Athletic Training (MATrg) is a professional program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The MATrg (41 credits) will prepare students to take the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination and earn the ‘ATC’ credential. 


Didactic courses and clinical experience courses focus on prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries resulting from physical activity. This is a five-semester program starting in the second eight-week session of the summer term.

Option 1: Five-Year Program. This unique option allows the student to complete a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Master of Athletic Training (MATrg) degree in five years.

  • During years 1-3 students follow the NDSU Exercise Science guidelines and curriculum**.

  • Students apply to the MATrg program through the NDSU Graduate School spring semester of the third year (typically Junior standing).

  • Accepted students begin the MATrg program in July.

  • During year 4 students complete both Exercise Science and MATrg courses.The Exercise Science degree is awarded in August.

  • During year 5 students complete MATrg courses. Upon successful completion of all program and Graduate School requirements, the MATrg degree is awarded in May.

  • This program is recommended for entering freshmen, student-athletes and transfer students interested in earning an athletic training degree at NDSU.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Athletic Training Techniques
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Orthopedic Assessment I
  • Practicum/Internship
  • Evidence Based Research and Practice
  • Orthopedic Assessment II
  • Practicum/Internship
  • Prevention and Health Promotion in Athletic Training
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Non-Orthopedic Assessment
  • Practicum/Internship

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or 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).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements are the same for both program options. 

  • Acceptance into the NDSU Graduate School
  • Undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Research Writing: Students are required to write a research-based position paper making an evidence-based argument for the use of prophylactic tape or bracing.  A minimum of two (2) references must be included.
  • Documentation of 50 hours of observation completed under the direct supervision of a BOC ATC® in an athletic training room setting. All 50 hours must be completed within one (1) calendar year of application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    631 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 631 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    541 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 541 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    361 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 361 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Fargo

  • 870 - 1260 USD/month
    Living Costs

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