Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Get the details on how to apply to the Athletic Training (M.S.) program.

Application Deadlines

Students are admitted to the summer term only. Those wishing to begin graduate work in the summer must have their completed application and admission materials submitted to University Admissions. Priority will be granted to individuals who have materials submitted by March 1.

Competitive applicants will be required to interview with the athletic training faculty.  Invitations to be interviewed will be made in March and interviews will take place in April.

Admission Requirements

The following criteria must be met for all applicants: 

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for full admission and a 2.75 for conditional admission.
  • Transcript evidence of completing the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better:

    Biology (100 level or higher) - 4 credits minimum
    Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab) - 4 credits minimum
    Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab) - 4 credits minimum
    Chemistry (with a lab) - 4 credits minimum
    Physics (with a lab; does not have to be calculus based) - 4 credits minimum
    Basic Statistics - 3 credits minimum 

    Nutrition - 3 credits minimum
    Human Movement (Biomechanics) - 3 credits minimum
    Exercise Physiology - 3 credits minimum

  • Emergency Cardiac Care certification
  • Documentation of 50 observation hours under the direct supervision of a Board certified and state credentialed athletic trainer (signed and dated by overseeing athletic trainer). Observation hours must occur in a minimum of two different clinical settings for at least 10 hours at each and should include a variety of populations.

Candidates Applying for summer 2021:
During these unprecedented times we recognize that obtaining the required 50 hours of clinical observation has been very challenging. We strongly encourage candidates who meet other application requirements to apply for the summer 2021 cohort by May 1, even if you have not been able to complete your observation hours. Please email Emily Hildebrand, Graduate Program Director, at  for more information.

  • Two professional references with at least one reference from a certified athletic trainer. The other may be from a faculty member or another professional.
  • Admission essay that elaborates on your short/long term goals as related to obtaining the athletic training master's degree and how you will contribute to today’s health care society.
  • Resume containing education, work, volunteer and leadership experiences.
  • Complete an in-person interview (will be scheduled with graduate program faculty once application and admissions materials are received).                 

How to Apply

  • Complete the Towson University online Graduate Application.
  • International graduate students may have additional admission and application requirements. See information about how to apply.