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Master of Science in Athletic Training: Admissions

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below a 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • For International Applicants:  International applicants possessing a degree from an accredited professional athletic training program or Canadian candidates who have completed a Canadian athletic therapist program and who are eligible to take the Board of Certification Exam may also apply for and be considered for admission.  TOEFL score of 213 on computer-based exam, 550 on paper-based exam or 80 on Internet-based exam.  An official copy of an IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0 may be substituted for the TOEFL score.

        Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted for a period not to exceed two terms with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under a 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Applicants who are currently BOC certified athletic trainers with a 2.50 GPA or higher will be given strong consideration
    • Unofficial transcripts

Program Requirements

  • Reliable transportation for travel to affiliated clinical sites as needed
  • Submit the Graduate Athletic Training Program (GATP) Application Form:
    • Must be BOC certified or have completed exam requirements
    • Must be Eligible for Athletic Training licensure from PA State Board of Medicine
    • Must have current emergency cardiac care certification before starting an assistantship
    • Must have liability insurance before starting an assistantship
    • Must have appropriate clearances before starting an assistantship
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Cover letter and Resume
  • Submit ALL Program Requirements to:

Shelly Fetchen DiCesaro, PhD, LAT, ATC
Director, Graduate Athletic Training Education Program

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email ( or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:

Phone: 724-938-4187