Admission Requirements and Checklist

The School of Health Sciences – Department of Athletic Training at The College of St. Scholastica participates in the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service, known as ATCAS. Applicants applying to The Master of Science in Athletic Training program may apply online using the ATCAS application OR the CSS application indicated below.

Pencil Sharpener

1. Preparation

  • B.A./B.S. degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8; 3.0 for MS in 5 option.
  • Professional exploration in an athletic training practice setting under the direct supervision of an athletic trainer credentialed to legally practice in the respective state (MS in 5 candidates must complete a minimum of 50 hours of exploration).

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

A returning graduate student who has been granted admission into a program, enrolls in the program and then stops-out for more than 12 months must reapply to the program by the program application deadline date and meet all admission requirements. Our goal is to make this process smooth and easy for your return to St. Scholastica.

Apply for readmission

To return to the same graduate program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must apply for readmission to the College.

  • Click on Graduate Application
  • Log in with your email address, or Create a New Account
  • Be sure to answer “Yes” to the questions “Are you a returning student?” and “Are you returning to the same graduate program?”, and this will cause the application to skip any essay or recommendation requirements.
  • If you are returning to the college but applying to a different program, please consult with your admissions counselor to determine what, if any, supplemental application materials will be required.
  • There is no fee for applying for readmission.

Taken classes elsewhere? We'll need transcripts.

If a returning student has taken courses through other colleges during their absence from St. Scholastica, official transcripts from those colleges may be required if you need credit for courses.

Students must present evidence of successful completion of the following CSS courses (or equivalencies as subject to consideration by the CSS Athletic Training Admissions Committee). Grades of C (C-/CD not acceptable) or higher is required in all individual prerequisite courses. These courses must be completed before matriculation.


  • Anatomy and Physiology I*
  • Anatomy and Physiology II*
  • Introductory or General Chemistry I*
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physics or Biomechanics or Kinesiology*
  • Statistics
  • General Psychology or Developmental Psychology or Abnormal Psychology

*Must include laboratory


  • Pathophysiology
  • Intro to US Healthcare System
  • Physics II
  • Medical Terminology

Under the terms of these agreements, slots each are reserved for students that meet all the admissions criteria. Interested students should contact the Chair of Athletic Training at St. Scholastica or the chairperson of the respective department at the listed institution.  The institutions with articulation agreements include:

  • Concordia University St. Paul (Exercise Science)
  • University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (Human Biology)
  • University of Wisconsin - Parkside (Allied Health Science/Fitness Mgmt. & Sport Mgmt.)
  • University of Wisconsin - Superior (Health and Human Performance)
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Exercise Science)
  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls (Exercise and Sports Science)
  • Plattsburgh State University of New York (Fitness and Wellness Leadership)

2. Application

Please order the following official transcripts:

  • Bachelor's degree transcript showing degree conferred
  • Any post-baccalaureate transcript
  • Any transcript with pre-requisite coursework
  • International transcripts: Please see the International Admissions Policy for additional requirements.

Transcripts must be received on or before the application deadline. Order early in the application process!

Email official transcripts to Electronic transcripts must be from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as Parchment, Docufide, Scrip Safe, National Clearinghouse or other certified, online transcript services.

Mailed transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope from the school. Mail to:

The College of St. Scholastica
Transcript Processing
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

The School of Health Sciences – Department of Athletic Training at The College of St. Scholastica participates in the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service, known as ATCAS. Applicants applying to The Master of Science in Athletic Training program may apply online using the ATCAS application OR the CSS application indicated below.

  1. Complete the Online Application. You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (please do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. Upload a Master's of Athletic Training Essay (word or pdf).

    As part of the online application, prepare an essay, typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins, addressing the following points. This should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, academic program. Please formulate your thoughts in an essay format, integrating your responses in a cohesive manner, not short answer.
    1. What personal characteristics, skills, and experiences make you well suited for professional practice as an athletic trainer and what are your career goals?

      If you have encountered challenges while attending school (financial/medical/personal/social), working, or supporting a family and would like to explain irregularities in your application or performance, please also address this in your application essay.
  3. In the online application, enter contact information for two references, at least one of which must be an athletic trainer you have observed/shadowed (M.S. in 5 students must submit one additional recommendations from CSS faculty verifying fitness for graduate studies. No scores less than 3 are accepted). These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "Please submit your recommendation for *First Name *Last Name".
  4. Upload a current resume.
  5. Enter information on your professional exploration into the text fields (see Professional Exploration Form).
  6. An interview with member(s) of the admissions committee may be requested (required for MS in 5 option).
  7. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and an admissions decision.

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or


3. Post-Completion

  • After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal to accept or decline using the Decision Response form.
  • Submit $250 non-refundable deposit.
  • Submit Student Health Services forms, including the immunization form, through the COR student portal/My Health/Forms.
  • More information for accepted students.
  • Review the Entry Level MS in Athletic Training Technical Standards.
  • You will receive a letter from the department concerning a Criminal Background Check and completion of the Technical Standards form. Please respond to these requests accordingly.

    You will then receive 1-2 additional letters from the department with additional information you will need for starting the program.

    NOTE: These letters will come to the email you provided and include attachments so please make sure your account is configured accordingly.

As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.

You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for coursework you’ve completed. See our Graduate Transfer Credit Policy for more information and complete a  Credit Transfer Application Form. This form can be completed and provided to your program advisor and/or program department contact.

ATR 6009 | $100
ATR 6012 | $300
ATR 6014 | $105
ATR 6100 | $275
ATR 6102 | $40
ATR 6205 | $80
ATR 6300 | $40
ATR 6401 | $150
ATR 6402 | $30
ATR 6513 | $30
ATR 6514 | $150

Texts: ~$1,000/year

Students are responsible for costs associated with travel to and from clinical rotation sites. Students may utilize the city transit system for many clinical sites within the Twin Ports, which is free of charge with their college ID card. All other program costs are associated with the specific course fees listed above.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the MS in 5 option is Nov. 15. The application deadline for priority consideration for the post-baccalaureate option is Jan. 15. Review of completed application files will continue until all open seats for the program are filled.

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