Program Information

The Master of Athletic Training (MATrg) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This professional program offers two unique options for degree completion.  Didactic courses and clinical education focus on prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries resulting from physical activity. The MATrg program prepares students to successfully fulfill the Board of Certification (BOC), Inc. requirements and earn the “ATC” credential. 

NDSU offers two options for students to earn a MATrg.

Option 1: 3-2 Accelerated Program

This program is recommended for entering freshmen, student-athletes and transfer students interested in earning an athletic training degree at NDSU. (Transfer students and students who change majors must follow the respective program's policies and curriculum. This may extend the timeline for program completion.)

·       During years 1-3 students follow the NDSU Exercise Science/Dietetic guidelines and curriculum.**

·       Students apply to the MATrg program through the NDSU Graduate School spring semester of the third year (typically Junior standing).

·       Accepted students begin the MATrg program in June.

·       During year 4 students complete both Exercise Science/Dietetic and MATrg courses.  The Exercise Science degree is awarded in August.

·       During year 5 students complete MATrg courses. Upon successful completion of all program and Graduate School requirements, the MATrg degree is awarded in May.

Option 2: Two-Year Program

Students who have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field will apply to our two-year program.    

Students apply to the MATrg program through the NDSU Graduate School and ATCAS(https://atcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login) in the fall.

Years 1 and 2 students follow the MATrg Plan of Study for Option 2

Upon successful completion of all program and Graduate School requirements, the MATrg degree is awarded in May.

Application Process

  • Students apply to the MATrg program through ATCAS.  Application review begins on December 1 and continues until all positions are filled.
  • Accepted students begin in June.
  • Students follow the MATrg Plan of Study.
  • Application consideration is a rolling admission process with final consideration on March 15th.

View documents with additional academic details below:

Verification of AT Hours

Admission Requirements and Process

MATrg Fees

Current Students

Course Descriptions

Plan of Study - Option 1

Plan of Study - Option 2

Retention Requirements

Graduation Completion Requirements

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