Athletic Training

Admission into the Masters of Science in Athletic Training program is determined by the Division of Athletic Training Admissions Committee. The committee reviews all completed applications to ensure that pre-requisites and admission criteria have been met. As an entry-level Master of Science in Athletic Training curriculum, we utilize a 3+2 model in that a student may apply as an undergraduate student who has completed the pre-requisite courses without having earned an undergraduate degree. Applicants may also have an earned bachelor’s degree with the pre-requisite courses included in it. Courses will only be accepted as part of the pre-requisites with a grade of C or better.

Regarding the 3+2 model, the applicant must have a minimum total of 90 college credits completed with a grade of C or higher for the 56-58 required pre-requisite courses.


  • Shenandoah University graduate application and $30 fee.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended or from which credit was received. Applicants must have an expected overall GPA of 2.8 (3.0 or higher recommended in science/math courses) for undergraduate prerequisite courses.
  • Official GRE scores. The minimum recommended combined score for the verbal and quantitative sections is 1000.  
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from a certified athletic trainer, coach, employer or professor).
  • Essay expressing interest in becoming a certified athletic trainer (3-5 pages double spaced).
  • Guidelines for Technical Standards for Entry Level Athletic Training Education form
  • A list of all sports that you have participated in as an athlete, coach, referee, manager or athletic training student.
  • An interview on campus with the Division of Athletic Training faculty.

All of these documents must be sent to the following address:

Shenandoah University
Office of Graduate Admissions

1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601

All application materials will be viewed and scored on a competitive basis by the Division of Athletic Training Admission’s committee. Applications received that demonstrate completion of all materials, including completed pre-requisite courses verified with official transcripts, will be considered in highest priority for full acceptance. Rare exceptions will be granted for “provisional acceptance” in the instance that the applicant has an overall strong application packet but is missing a few pre-requisite courses. These cases will be reviewed individually by the program admission’s committee. An applicant that is granted “provisional acceptance” may matriculate into the curriculum but will be given a formal contract of agreement stating where and when the applicant will complete the outstanding pre-requisite course(s) with a grade of “C” or higher. Failure to meet the provisional acceptance contract requirements will result in suspension from the program.

Additional Student Information

Accepted Students must submit the following before attending formal classes:

  1. Proof of current health insurance coverage on Wilkins Wellness Center Insurance Coverage Form
  2. SU Physical Examination form which includes immunization record including Tetanus/Diphtheria, MMR, proof of chicken pox or have the vaccine, PPd, meningitis, Hepatitis B and polio
  3. Technical Standards Evaluation form-this form is completed by a physician along with the SU Physical Examination form
  4. Criminal Background check form