Field of Study
Career Outlook
Average Salary
$56,941
Projected Regional Growth
Average
Outcomes

Athletic trainer in:

  • Hospital Clinic
  • Orthopedic Medicine
  • Pediatric
  • College and University
  • High School
  • Private Business
  • Professional Sports

For individuals who

Are interested in a master's degree focusing on the prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Looking for

Hands-on clinical experiences, small class sizes and immersive settings with a variety of injuries and patient lifestyles.

To become

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Coach
  • Physical Education Coordinator
  • Physical Therapy Aide

Option 1: Five-Year Program. This unique option allows the student to complete a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Master of Athletic Training (M.A.Trg) degree in five years.

  • During years 1-3 students follow the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Exercise Science guidelines and curriculum**.

  • Students apply to the M.A.Trg. program through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS) during the third year (typically Junior standing).

  • Accepted students begin the M.A.Trg. program in the summer.

  • During year 4 students complete both Exercise Science and M.A.Trg. courses. The Exercise Science degree is awarded in August.

  • During year 5 students complete M.A.Trg. courses. Upon successful completion of all program and Graduate College requirements, the M.A.Trg. degree is awarded in May.

** Transfer students and students who change majors must follow the Exercise Science policies and curriculum. This may extend the time line for program completion.

Option 2: Two-Year Program. Students who have a conferred Bachelor’s degree in a related field will follow Option 2.

  • Students apply to the M.A.Trg. program through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS) .

  • Accepted students begin the program in the summer.

  • Years 1 and 2 students follow the M.A.Trg. Plan of Study for Option 2

  • Upon success complete of all program and Graduate College requirements, the M.A.Trg. degree is awarded in May.