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4+2 Program in B.S. Health Studies & Exercise Science/M.S. Athletic Training

By pursuing this Bachelor’s + Master’s program, you will build a strong foundation of knowledge in the area of exercise science while securing your spot in Monmouth’s competitive athletic training program. As an undergraduate, you will learn to promote health and prevent disease across medical, community, nonprofit, corporate, and government settings. Then, after meeting progression benchmarks, you will transition seamlessly into your master’s courses while waiving application fees and select requirements. Monmouth’s cutting-edge athletic training graduate program will prepare you for employment in this rapidly growing field through a strong combination of immersive classroom study and real-world clinical rotations.

Progression Requirements

  • Select the 4+2 program option on the Common Application when you apply to Monmouth University.
  • Applications are due December 1 and must contain a personal statement detailing interest in the program.
  • Seats will be held for up to 10 students and admission to the program is extremely competitive.

**Entry into the M.S in Athletic Training program is contingent upon successful completion of the program requirements. To continue on to the Monmouth’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: All students must possess a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University by the end of May of their 4th year.
  • Grade Point Average: All students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in prerequisite courses (as defined below).
  • Prerequisite Course: Successfully complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better: Human Anatomy & Physiology (1 & 2), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Psychology, Medical Terminology, and Statistics. Note: all science courses must have a laboratory component.
  • Submit Graduate Studies Application for Admission, the $50 application fee will be waived.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Submit two positive recommendations, with one from a certified athletic trainer with whom the student completed his/her shadowing/clinical experience.
  • Letter of IntentWaived for students in the 4+2 program
  • Technical StandardsPossess essential skills, abilities, and aptitudes, known as technical standards, necessary to complete the program’s curriculum. The essential skills required include: observation, communication, sensory and motor, intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. Applicants who can meet these requirements with reasonable accommodations are encouraged to speak to the Department of Disability Services for Students (email: or phone: 732-571-3460).
  • InterviewAn interview with the Admission Committee will be conducted during the student’s 4th year of study at Monmouth University.
  • Clinical Observation Hours: Prior to enrollment, have a minimum of 50 hours of shadowing/clinical experience under the direction of a certified and state licensed athletic trainer.
  • Program Specific RequirementsThe profession of athletic training is concerned with the safety and well-being of all people. Athletic trainers work with diverse populations, who may be susceptible to abuse. State licensure and practice acts require that all licensed athletic trainers are compliant with federal/state background checks, fingerprints, and in some cases random drug testing.
    • Prior to Matriculation in the M.S. Program:All students will satisfactorily complete a background check.
    • Prior to Clinical Practice:All students are required to obtain fingerprints and health information/immunizations as required by each clinical site.
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