Application Process

The Master in Athletic Training (MAT) program at GVSU includes both didactic coursework and clinical experiences structured around a cohort of 24 students per year. The program is designed to engage students in collaborative assignments and projects, common intellectual experiences, a diverse learning environment, and community-based learning; in direct alignment with the University's core value of integrating liberal learning with professional development. Students will be required to complete collaborative projects within the curriculum and have an opportunity to experience becoming producers of research through their graduate project.


  • Applications open July 1 and are due by October 15th (Applications verified by the due date will be given preference. Those verified after the due date will be considered, upon availability).  It is encouraged that applicants submit their applications for the verification process 4-6 weeks (September 1) prior to the application deadline to allow for processing.
  • Applicants will be notified by November 15th for a virtual interview via Zoom. 
  • Interviews will take place between November 15th - December 15th.
  • All applicants will be notified regarding acceptance by January 15th.


**ATCAS Special Note: ATCAS runs on cycles.  In the first week of June, their system closes, performs program updates, and opens for the next academic cohort July 1.  Applicants should only submit applications for the current year they wish to apply.  Example:  If wishing to apply by October 15, 2021 - ATCAS portal opens for submissions starting July 1, 2021 - program start date August, 2022.


  • Completion of Bachelor's Degree: Applicants must complete their undergraduate degree before August 15 (unless in the combined degree program). You can be in process of completing your degree at the time of application. If you are in process of this step, you would be a conditional admit, meaning you will be admitted as long as you complete this requirements before the start of the professional program.
    • Applicants applying to the combined degree have completed a minimum of 108 credits before the first day of classes of the professional program.
  • Completion of Prerequisite Coursework: Applicants can find a list of the MAT prerequisite courses.
    • Any non-GVSU course that is a prerequisites must be a direct course equivalent to GVSU.
    • All prerequisites must be taken for letter grades.
    • For each course, a grade of C or higher is required with an average of a 3.0 in all required prerequisite coursework. You can use this spreadsheet to calculate your prerequisite GPA. 
    • The prerequisites coursework must be completed by August 15. You can be in process of completing your prerequisites. If you are in process of this step, you would be a conditional admit, meaning you will be admitted as long as you complete this requirements before the start of the professional program.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills: Applicants will be evaluated throughout the application process for their demonstration of effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Essential Functions: Applicants must have the ability to perform all technical standards (essential functions) of the athletic training program.
  • Review the current GVSU MAT Graduate Student Handbook: Applicants will be required to review the current MAT Graduate Student Handbook prior to application.
  • Submission of the: ATCAS Materials, GVSU Graduate School Materials, and International Students Materials as outlined in the sections below.

Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS) Materials

  • ATCAS Online Application: Complete and pay application fee ($90.00 for first school application and $55.00 for each additional school application)
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit ALL official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. 
    • A minimum 3.00 cumulative & prerequisite GPA are required.  For further information on transcript(s) submission, please go to ATCAS Applicant Help Center.
  • Resume/CV: Submission of a current resume.
  • Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a personal statement.
  • Two Evaluator Forms: Submission of only two names and email addresses for applicants two references on the ATCAS electronic application (under evaluations). ATCAS refers to evaluators as the individuals who will complete your letter of recommendation. 
    • At least one evaluator must be a licensed athletic trainer with whom you have worked/job shadowed/volunteered. All evaluators will complete and return the electronic form on their own to ATCAS. 
    • We understand the impact covid has had and as of 10/1/2021 the MAT program has decided to review all student applications regardless of having an evaluator from licensed athletic trainer.
  • Observation Hours: Submission of documentation (See GVSU AT Hour Verification Form) of volunteer/work/job shadow hours of a licensed athletic trainer. Applicants will need a minimum of 35 hours post secondary school (Hours have been reduced due to the impacts of COVID and the ability for students to be able to observe in 2020-2021 for the 2021-2022 application cycle, hours may increase next year).
    • Applicants will use the ‘GVSU AT Hour Verification Form’ to upload into ATCAS application.
    • It is recommended that you complete your hours prior to applying, however you can be in process of completing them at the time of application. If you are in process of this step, you would be a conditional admit, meaning you will be admitted as long as you complete this requirements before the start of the professional program.
    • If you have any concerns with obtaining your hours due to COVID, please reach out to Eliza MacDonald (Admissions Coordinator). 
  • Writing Samples: Completion of two writing samples (located within ATCAS, under Questions in the Program Requirement section)
  • Basic Life Support (CPR/AED) for health care providers and First Aid certifications: Submission of electronic or print copies, (as a jpeg or pdf) within ATCAS, under documents in Program Requirements, of the front and back of your card(s). 
    • Certifications must be from the American Red Cross (preferred) or American Heart Association. 
      • CPR/AED cards must be the Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care providers certification. 
      • First Aid cards must include adult and pediatric. 
      • Any other certifications will not be accepted (e.g. lifeguard). 
      • The course must have hands-on participation, no online-only course will be accepted.

GVSU Graduate School Materials

  • GVSU Graduate School Application: In addition to applying to GVSU MAT Program through ATCAS, all applicants must apply to GVSU Graduate School by completing the GVSU Athletic Training Supplemental Form.  
    • Applicants who have never applied to GVSU will have a $30 application fee (GVSU is a one-time application fee institution)

 International Students only (in addition to the ATCAS & GVSU requirements)

  • Must submit proof of English language proficiency.
  • Official TOEFL test score (minimum 610 (paper-based) or 253 (computer-based) or 102 (internet-based) score required) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) score of 77 or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) score of 53.
  • Original or certified original transcripts with official credentialed evaluations (e.g., WES, ECE) 
  • Statement of financial support (refer to GVSU Athletic Training Supplemental Form
  • Test scores and documents must be sent directly to GVSU’s Admissions Office at 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401-9403