Required application materials

Application materials for M.S. in athletic training

Prospective students should be prepared to submit the following materials for the graduate program in athletic training. The application deadline is April 1. Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered if space is available. Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

  1. Completed online graduate school application

  2. Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended

    Note: These transcripts should be sent directly to the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office. Candidates for admission must present evidence of a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the program.

  3. A typed statement of 250 words or less demonstrating professional goals, commitment to and interest in the athletic training profession

  4. A résumé, submitted online with the application

  5. Two letters of recommendation - 1 letter must be from the supervising certified athletic trainer where you completed your observation hours.

  6. Complete a minimum of 50 observation hours under the direct supervision of a Board of Certification (BOC) certified athletic trainer. Observation hours verification form can be found on the SUNY Cortland Athletic Training webpage.

    Note: Supervising certified athletic trainers can complete the verification of clinical hours form if students have completed the observation hours

  7. A copy of current basic first aid, CPR and AED certifications meeting Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) requirements prior to the start of the program.

  8. Review the technical standards document

Admissions criteria for M.S. in athletic training

  1. Preference will be given to a GPA of 3.0 and higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduates.

  2. Preferred grade of C in the following college courses or course equivalent:
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab) – 3 credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab) – 3 credits
  • Biology – 3 credits
  • Biomechanics – 3 credits
  • Chemistry – 3 credits
  • Exercise Physiology – 3 credits
  • General Psychology – 3 credits
  • Physics I – 3 credits
  • Public Health – 3 credits
  • Sports Psychology – 3 credits
  • Statistics – 3 credits

Exceptional applicants who do not meet all of the above requirements will be considered on an individual basis. Qualified applicants who have content deficits may be required to complete program related undergraduate coursework within one year of their matriculation.      

After the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office receives all of the required documents, the application is forwarded to the Kinesiology Department. A committee consisting of at least two athletic training representatives evaluates applications.

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Alyson Dearie, Ed.D., ATC
Associate Professor
Program Director
Park Center, Room 2308
607-753-4944
alyson.dearie@cortland.edu