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Program Application Requirements

A candidate for admission to Monmouth’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program must meet the following standards:


  • Bachelor’s Degree: All applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Grade Point Average: 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.
  • Prerequisites: 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.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Submit three letters of recommendation, with one from a certified athletic trainer, likely the person with whom the student completed his/her shadowing/clinical experience.
  • Letter of Intent: Students will submit a letter of intent detailing their desire for entry into the M.S. in Athletic Training at Monmouth University. Included in this letter will be a description of how they became interested in the profession of athletic training and their goals for attaining and utilizing the degree in the future. 
  • Technical Standards: Possess essential skills, abilities, and aptitudes, known as technical standards, necessary to complete the program’s curriculum. 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). The essential skills required include: observation, communication, sensory and motor, intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes.
  • Interview: Complete a personal interview with the M.S. Athletic Training Admissions Committee.
  • 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 Requirements: The 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: 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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