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M.S. in 5 (3+2) Option

The College of St. Scholastica offers a 3 + 2 MS in Athletic Training degree option for students entering as first-year or transfers. Intended for highly motivated, highly qualified students, this option gives students the opportunity to apply for the master's program their junior year. If students are admitted, they will begin the Master’s in Athletic Training during the summer after their junior year and earn a B.S. in Exercise Physiology with a Concentration in Pre-Athletic Training, upon successful completion of degree requirements. 

After successfully completing their fifth year, the M.S. in Athletic Training degree will be earned. Students pursuing this option are eligible for the same financial aid opportunities as undergraduate students during their first year of the M.S. program.

There will be five slots in the master's program available to students through the M.S. in 5 option. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 semester credits by the end of the fall semester in which they apply. At the conclusion of the fourth year, students will receive a B.S. in Exercise Physiology with a Concentration in Pre-Athletic Training.

EXP Pre-Athletic Training Concentration


CHM 1040 General Organic Biochem for HS Majors (4)
BIO 1036 Cell Biology (2)
BIO 2110 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
PSC 1501 or 2001 (4)
PSY 1105 General Psychology
PSY 2208 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4)
BIO 2120 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II (4)


EXP 3323 Sport Nutrition (4)
EXP 3321 Kinesiology (4)
EXP 3331 Exercise Physiology (4)
PSY 3331 Statistics (4)
EXP 3332 Physiological Assessment (4)
EXP 3334 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (4)
EXP 3322 Biomechanics (4)
EXP 3342 Strength and Conditioning (4)
ATR 3000 Introduction to Athletic Training (2)

In addition to the MS in AT application materials required for post-baccalaureate admissions, students must successfully complete the following to merit consideration:

  • 3.0 composite GPA and completion of seven prerequisite courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no grades lower than C (C-/CD not accepted)
  • One additional recommendation forms from CSS faculty verifying suitability for graduate studies.  No score below 3 is permitted.
  • Satisfactory interview with admissions committee
  • Document a minimum 50 hours of exploration with a certified athletic trainer(s).

Students admitted on this basis must be prepared to commit full time to study and clinical experiences. Students that are not admitted on this basis may apply as a Post-Baccalaureate or Secondary Consideration student.

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