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The Master of Athletic Training (MATrg) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The MATrg will prepare students to take the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination and earn the ‘ATC’ credential. Didactic courses and clinical experience courses focus on prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries resulting from physical activity. Students who are interested in this two year (41 credits) program must have a conferred baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. 

Option 1: Five year program
This unique option allows the student to complete a baccalaureate degree in Exercise Science and Master of Athletic Training in Athletic Training degree in 5 years.

  • This unique option allows the student to complete a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and MATrg in 5 years. 
  •  At the end of the third year, students apply to and must be admitted into the NDSU Graduate School. 
  •  Students start the MATrg program in July, and take both undergraduate and graduate courses during the fall and spring semesters of their fourth year.
  •  After meeting all degree requirements and completing the exercise science internship in the summer after their fourth year, students will be awarded a bachelor's degree in exercise science. 
  •  At end of the 5th year the student will complete the MATrg. 
  • This program is recommended for entering freshmen, student-athletes, and transfer students who want to pursue and athletic training degree at NDSU.

Plan of study (Option 1)


Option 2: Two year program
If you earned a bachelor’s degree in a related major from another institution, this option may be right for you. 

  • Students must meet the admission requirement and be admitted into the NDSU Graduate School. 
  •  The program begins in July and is recommended for students who want to change professions, have earned a bachelor’s degree or are student athletes.

Plan of study (Option 2)

Academic Requirements, Application Process, Graduation Completion Requirements, Retention Requirements, Transfer Students, and Course Descriptions are the same for both options.  For additional information please click on the link.

Academic Requirements

Application Process

Course Descriptions

Graduation Completion Requirements

Retention Requirements

Transfer Students





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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:38:12 AM