Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program

The Frostburg State University Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program prepares students for entry into the Athletic Training field. Near the completion of the program, students have the opportunity to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.

MSAT at a Glance

  • 64-67 credit-hour program
  • 24-month completion with full-time enrollment
  • The undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Frostburg State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree. Frostburg State University is no longer accepting students into the undergraduate athletic training program. The last undergraduate cohort is expected to graduate in May 2021.

Who should apply?

The FSU MSAT program is open to all students with an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science or related field from a regionally accredited institution. The program is a full-time, entry-level professional program that prepares students to take the Athletic Training Board of Certification (BOC) Examination required of practicing athletic trainers.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for full program admission, students must:

  1. have a baccalaureate degree in Exercise and Sport Science, or related field, from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. have completed undergraduate courses or equivalent within a minimum of a “B” grade in:
    •     Biomechanics for Exercise and Sport Science
    •     Physiology of Exercise
    •     Advanced Strength Training
    •     Evaluation and Prescription in Fitness
    •     Nutrition
    •     Biology with lab
    •     Chemistry with lab
    •     Physics with lab
    •     Anatomy and Physiology I & II
    •     General or Introduction to Psychology
  3. complete the Graduate School application and MSAT Program application
  4. provide a formal interview with MSAT Program faculty
  5. complete Physical Examination and Medical History forms
  6. provide a copy of required vaccination record including Hepatitis B vaccine
  7. provide proof of criminal background check

Provisional admission:
If a student does not meet the above criteria, provisional admission will only be considered in exceptional cases and only after all admission documents, including the MSAT Application, are received.

Professional MSAT Program Application

Application Review Process

The Professional MSAT Program application criteria and process is utilized for both the Combined EXSS/MSAT Program as well as the Professional MSAT Program.

Students who have met the above minimum requirements will be evaluated on the following criteria

Overall GPA

40 points possible

Prerequisite GPA

30 points possible

Faculty Recommendations

10 points possible


10 points possible


 10 points possible


100 points possible

Retention/Maintaining Good Standing in the Professional ATP

Once admitted, the Athletic Training student must maintain the following standards to remain fully admitted:

  1. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. A minimum grade of “B” in each of the required courses in the program.
  3. Maintain current certifications in Professional Rescuer CPR and First Aid.
  4. Attendance at the annual OSHA blood borne pathogens presentation.

Students who fail to meet standards #1 and/or #2 have one academic year to correct the deficiency before being dismissed from the ATP.

Violations of #3 and/or #4 will result in an immediate suspension of clinical experiences until the student is in compliance.

Student Travel to a Clinical Experience Site

Students will be given the opportunity to gain clinical experience at a variety of locations. In many cases the clinical setting will be off-campus. In these cases, students will be responsible for traveling to and from their primary clinical site at the student's expense. This includes, but is not limited to, the expenses associated with fuel and parking. The ATP is not responsible for costs or damages incurred while traveling to or from the clinical sites. This policy pertains to both on campus and off campus sites.

Additional Costs Related to the Athletic Training Program

  • $40 Required/approved uniforms (minimum of 1 uniform shirt and 1 set of khakis slacks/shorts). Rain gear and 1 game day uniform polo will be provided. Additional clothing is suggested, but not mandatory: cold gear, weather appropriate shoes/boots, hats, and gloves.
  • $78 NATA membership dues (includes NATA, MAATA and MATA dues, and ATrack access).
  • $45 FSU fingerprinting fee required for criminal history background check. If a student has already been fingerprinted from a previous employer, the student must provide proof/documentation. Inoculations current with OSHA requirements for healthcare providers. Others may be required by affiliate sites.
  • $36 American Red Cross Professional Rescuer Certification fee.
  • $50-$100 Travel costs: Students are responsible for all travel costs during clinical education experiences. Cost may vary depending on geographical local and clinical setting (2 to 15 miles from FSU), cost of gas during specific off-campus rotation, and opportunities to car-pool.

Graduate Catalog: MSAT Program