Grand Valley State University's Master of Athletic Training (MAT) is offered through the Department of Movement Science. The MAT is a two-year degree that provides students with a theoretical and conceptual foundation combined with extensive hands-on clinical experience for professional preparation. Qualified undergraduates may choose an accelerated Bachelor/Master program and obtain both a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a MAT in Athletic Training within an accelerated time frame, usually five years upon acceptance into the MAT.

As a part of the health care team, services provided by Athletic Trainers include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

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West Michigan Job Growth by 2024
GVSU Ranking as Talent Provider in West Michigan
GVSU Ranking as Talent Provider in Michigan

Source: EMSI, 2019


Certified athletic trainers from GVSU can be found almost anywhere people are physically active. According to 2019 EMSI data, opportunities for certified athletic trainers are expected to grow 12% in West Michigan, 8% in Michigan, and 12% in the U.S. by 2024. Examples of employment settings include:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Secondary schools
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Industrial and commercial
  • Performing arts
  • Professional sports
  • The military

Source: EMSI, 2019

The Skills Employers Want

The Athletic Training degree at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

Advanced Skills

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urgent Care
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Basic Life Support
  • Medical Records
  • Injury Prevention
  • Automated External Defibrillator
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Injury

Common Skills

  • Management
  • Coordinating
  • Communications
  • Mentorship
  • Teaching
  • Written Communication
  • Research
  • Business Ethics

Source: EMSI, 2019


  • Personal attention by faculty in all courses and labs in our student-oriented, teaching-focused program.
  • Tremendous support from our local community allows extensive hands-on service learning opportunities in diverse clinical settings.
  • Opportunity to engage in research and scholarly activities with GVSU faculty.
  • High pass-rate on Board of Certification Exam. Currently 96% over the past 3 years.
  • One hundred percent placement rate into work or graduate school.
  • The employment rate for Athletic Trainers is expected to grow 21% by 2022.
  • The Grand Valley State University Athletic Training Program is a CAATE accredited program that is Active in Good Standing


Prospective graduate students will be required to take the following prerequisites in order to pursue the Master of Athletic Training degree.

Athletic Training Program Prerequisites

Prospective undergraduate students can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and MAT in Athletic Training within an accelerated timeframe (usually five years upon acceptance into the MAT program). Find out more here.

Optional Combined Degree Information


The MAT is a combined degree program that includes coursework in the following areas:

  • Injury assessment
  • Prehospital/Emergency care
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Psychosocial Intervention and Referral
  • General Medical Conditions
  • Pharmacology
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Professional Topics
  • Methods of Evidence Based Practice
  • Interprofessional Practice
  • Statistics
  • Project

Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements.

Course Offerings


The Master of Athletic Training admissions application process is available here. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley. Visit the online catalog for admission requirements for this program.

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For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.