Master of Athletic Training

A career in athletic training provides you with numerous opportunities to use your skills and knowledge to improve the well-being of others. If you have an undergraduate degree in an area other than athletic training, but wish to gain requirements to become a certified athletic trainer, the Master of Athletic Training program is for you.

In just two years, you will master every aspect of athletic training, including injury prevention, injury evaluation and diagnosis, emergency care, treatment, rehabilitation and organizational administration. Metro Birmingham affords students with a number of diverse clinical opportunities in major athletic training and health care facilities as well as high schools, sports medicine clinics and more.

Our faculty and clinical preceptors are passionate about teaching and helping you achieve your professional goals. Our cohorts are small and faculty are readily available to you. At Samford, we are committed to your success and we look forward to helping you pursue a career as a certified athletic trainer.

Admission Requirements

Master of Athletic Training Application

ATCAS Application Opens: June 29, 2017, at 5 p.m. EST
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
Enty Month: May 2018
Interview Date: Jan. 19, 2018

Early Decision Program: 

ATCAS Application Opens: June 30, 2017, at 5 p.m. EST
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017
The application must be complete and ready for review.
Entry Month: May 2018
Interview Date: Oct. 20, 2017

Athletic Training Program Technical Standards for Admission
Academic Retention Policy

Admission to the Master of Athletic Training program is competitive.

Requirements for admission consideration include:

  • Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university (degree in any field), or be enrolled in your senior year of undergraduate study.
    *Conditional admission: A completed bachelor’s degree is required prior to enrollment, as evidenced by a final official college/university transcript. Applicants may receive a conditional acceptance with a letter from the registrar stating they have in fact completed the requirements for the degree. The “conditional” status is removed once an official transcript is received.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Achieve a “C” or better in all pre-requisite courses. All pre-requisite courses must have been completed within 10 years prior to application.
    Required pre-requisite courses include:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
    • General Psychology
    • Motor Learning or Biomechanics
    • Kinesiology
    • Exercise physiology 
    • Health/Wellness
    • Statistics
    • Chemistry, physics, pathophysiology and research design are recommended
    • CPR - Must be one of the following:
      • Professional Rescuer & AED by the American Red Cross
      • BLS Healthcare Provider CPR by the American Heart Association
      • CPR PRO for the Healthcare Professional by Health & Safety Institute
  • Graduate Record Examination score (within the past 5 years) with minimum scores of:
    • Verbal: 153
    • Quantitative: 144
    • Analytical: 4.0.
      Applicants must self-report their GRE scores in ATCAS and submit official GRE records to Samford University at code: 1779
  • 50 hours of documented volunteer/shadowing experience with a certified athletic trainer
  • Three letters of reference through the ATCAS application system. References should be from 1) current or previous professor, 2) work supervisor, 3) a Certified Athletic Trainer
  • On campus interview

Upon acceptance, a non-refundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the first semester’s tuition.

International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants must also obtain a score of 27 or better on the iBT speaking subtest of the TOEFL or a 50 or better on the Test of Spoken English. For more information, please visit We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.

Application Process

The steps below outline the application process for the Master of Athletic Training program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through ATCAS as well as the Master of Athletic Training Supplemental Form.

Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:

  • Obtain student copies of your college transcripts to assist you in completing the coursework section for the application.
  • Before you begin your application, please review the ATCAS Instructions & FAQs
  • Request official transcripts from each institution attended by using the transcript request form in ATCAS.  Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the ATCAS Transcript Department. ATCAS accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by ATCAS to verify your application. Send transcripts to:

ATCAS Verification Department
PO Box 1932
Watertown, MA  02471

  • Pay the initial service fee of $85 when submitting the ATCAS application.
  • Obtain three letters of recommendation from 1) current or previous professor; 2) supervisor; and 3) an Athletic Trainer. These letters of recommendation must be submitted through ATCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
  • Self-report GRE scores to ATCAS and send official scores to Samford University Code 1779.
  • On campus interview
  • Please complete application in its entirety.
  • Exceptions to any admission requirements will be handled on an individual basis.

ATCAS Customer Service Information
Available Monday through Friday, 9:00-5:00 EST

For more information regarding the admission process, please contact:
Dr. Marian Carter
Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services


The Master of Athletic Training program is seeking accreditation. There have been no students challenge the Board of Certification, Inc. exam. The program will post student outcome data here as it becomes available.

Clinical Education

In the athletic training program, your education will extend far beyond the classroom. You’ll take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to a variety of clinical settings around Birmingham, one of the country’s most advanced health care communities. You’ll gain experience in a variety of environments, including high school athletic departments, university athletic departments, sports medicine clinics, rehabilitation clinics and physicians’ offices.

Plan of Study

Tuition and Fees

Master of Athletic Training tuition, per credit each semester/term  $813
Technology Fee, per semester $175
Campus life fee, per semester $100

Full List of General Student Expenses

Life in the Program

“Samford University's Athletic Training program is a genuine practical experience. You are placed at a clinical site, and the information that you are taught in the classroom is reinforced in a real-life, on-the-field experience. The confidence that you gain is unbelievable, and the tools that you are given prepare you for anything that you may face. When you pair the experience of the program with the growth of your faith and life skills, you find a program for life. The faculty knows your name. They know you. You are not just a number. The entire Samford community wants you to succeed in your career and your life.”

Justin Moody, class of 2013 

Our Commitment

“The Samford experience is distinctive for a number of reasons.  Undergraduate students in the athletic training program receive a hands-on experience from practicing clinicians with a small student to professor ratio. Our courses have hands-on aspects to facilitate understanding and allow the student to learn clinical skills before transitioning either into the profession or to a professional school. Another distinctive of the department is the undergraduate research component. All students will complete an original research project with furthers their understanding of the research process, but also teaches students to think critically.”

Dr. Robert Hensarling, ATC
Associate Professor
Director, Athletic Training Education

Mission, Vision and Values


The Master of Athletic Training program is seeking accreditation. There have been no students challenge the Board of Certification, Inc. exam. The program will post student outcome data here as it becomes available.

*Samford University is currently seeking accreditation for their new master of athletic training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2017. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states. 

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