How to Apply

All students interested in obtaining a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) must apply for admission into the professional graduate program.

This is a competitive admission process. Admission is not guaranteed to those meeting the minimum admission criteria.

Only students admitted to the professional phase will be able to continue with the academic and clinical portion of the MSAT program.

Applications for admission into the MSAT Program can be submitted using the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS).

Students currently enrolled in the 3+2 program at WSU should contact Brian Zeller, Director MSAT for instructions and to confirm eligibility prior to application.


Meet Academic Criteria

  1. Possess a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (includes all institutions attended)
  2. Possess a minimum 3.0 GPA in the following pre-requisite courses:
  • Human Anatomy with lab - 1 semester
  • Human Physiology with lab - 1 semester
  • Physics - 1 semester
  • Chemistry - 1 semester
  • Biology - 1 semester
  • Statistics - 1 semester
  • General Psychology - 1 semester
  • Nutrition - 1 semester
  • Kinesiology or Biomechanics - 1 semester
  • Exercise Physiology - 1 semester
Pre-requisite courses from outside Winona State University will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Additional information may be requested regarding course content to ensure that the identified course satisfies the requirement of the program. 

Submit Current Certification

Provide proof of current certification in CPR/AED/First Aid. Learn about Acceptable Certifications and include the following:

  • BLS Health Care Provider – American Heart Association
  • BLS for Healthcare Providers or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer – American Red Cross

Complete Observational Hours

Complete a minimum of 50 observational hours under the direct supervision of a BOC certified athletic trainer.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the WSU MSAT Program will not require the 50 observational hours for the summer 2022.

Instead we ask you to submit any observational logs you have knowing that whether you have zero or 50 it will not affect your application or our decision on acceptance into the program. 


Complete All Other Requirements

Complete all MSAT program application requirements, including:

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement/Cover Letter
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts

Expectations for the Personal Statement

Your Personal Statement/Cover Letter should be no more than three pages in length, and should answer the following questions:

  1. Introduce yourself to the selection committee.
  2. Why do you wish to become an Athletic Trainer and why do you feel you would be a successful applicant?
  3. Why are you choosing Winona State University?
  4. What are your career goals?

Apply to WSU Graduate School

Complete all other forms required for admission to the WSU Graduate School. Learn more about the application process. 


Questions About Your Application

Please contact:

Brian Zeller, PhD, ATC
Director –Athletic Training Program
Winona State University

An application checklist (PDF) has been provided to serve as a quick reference tool.

All application materials must be submitted by Nov. 1 to be considered for primary admission into the program. The application materials are rated and ranked (PDF) by a committee who will determine if a student is granted an interview. The committee will set up a time with the student to complete the interview process (via online or in person). Students will be notified by Dec. 15 of their acceptance or denial into the program.

If student admission for the MSAT program has not reached capacity (maximum of 20 students) following the primary application process, students may continue to apply.

A “rolling admission” process will be utilized in the spring semester accepting students who meet the application requirements until enrollment has reached capacity. Interviews are still required for admission.

All admission procedures must be completed by May 15.