Admissions Requirements

The admissions process is open every year from October 15th until June 1st (or until filled to capacity). Applications for Fall 2019 admission will open on October 15, 2018.

Residency Positions:Students applying for residency positions in addition to the academic program will need to apply to the position separately. Please visit the "Residency Opportunities" tab for more information. 

Admissions 1

Applicants to the M.S. in Advanced Athletic Training (Post-Professional Program) must meet the following criteria

Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

GRE score: All applicants must submit GRE test scores earned within five (5) years of the desired term of entry. Official scores must be submitted to USF directly from the Educational Testing Service; however, applicants are encouraged to send unofficial copies of their test scores to expedite the processing of their applications. Any admission granted using unofficial scores will not be finalized until official scores from ETS are received.

Pre-requisite Education: Applicants must have completed (or be currently enrolled in) a CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program (or be a certified athletic trainer if you attended an internship program)

Professional Certification: BOC certified/eligible or equivalent (such as Texas Licensed Athletic Trainer, LAT)

To request official BOC Certification Verification, please use the form found on the BOC website here. 

International students will need to provide degree program details and course descriptions with application. Course descriptions and programs will not be reviewed on an individual basis without a completed application.

Recommendations/evaluations: Two letters are required. Both letters should address the applicant’s academic ability and readiness to pursue graduate-level studies in an online format (self-motivated learners, dedication to the profession and a desire for advancement in the field) 

Two (2) recommendations/evaluations are required:
  • One from an ATC
  • One from a/an faculty member, advisor, or work supervisor (This person may also be an ATC)

Please note that letters from friends, family, etc… are not considered professional letters of recommendation to assist us in judging your academic and professional potential to succeed in our program.

Cover Letter/Resume:  Applicants should include a cover letter and resume with their application materials. *Important Note: The cover letter should include whether you plan to complete this degree as a distance learning student only or if you will be pursuing a residency position.*

Application Information

Admissions 2

How to Apply for the M.S. in Advanced Athletic Training Program:

  • Step 1 
    • Complete the USF Graduate School application for the MS in Advanced Athletic Training Program
    • $30 application fee for submission 
    • Submit GRE scores electronically to the USF Graduate School (Please use USF's GRE Code 5828)

  • Step 2 
    • Submit official transcripts and unofficial copies of GRE scores directly to the program via email to amoore2@health.usf.edu or at mailing address below (Please use USF's GRE code 5828 to send official scores to USF Grad School). *Important Note: Transcripts need to be requested from each institution where coursework has been completed whether  you graduated or just took courses there. Failure to provide all official coursework and final transcripts will result in a registration hold as well as a provisional admission into the university.*

  • Step 3 
    Two (2) recommendations/evaluations are required:
    • One from an ATC
    • One from a faculty member, advisor, or work supervisor

Both letters should address your academic ability and readiness to pursue a post-professional online Master’s program in Athletic Training; these letters should be addressed to Dr. Rebecca Lopez, Program Director. The letters of recommendation should be emailed from the recommender to Ms. Angela Moore, Program Coordinator at amoore2@health.usf.edu.

  • Step 4 
    • Submit official BOC Certification Verification from the BOC site, which can be sent electronically to amoore2@health.usf.edu or in hard copy to the mailing address below. 
    • If you are not BOC Certified, please provide evidence of BOC eligibility and/or documentation to demonstrate the equivalency and currency of your professional knowledge in relation to the field of athletic training. 

  • Step 5
    • Submit a cover letter and your resume via mail to the address below or via email to Ms. Angela Moore, amoore2@health.usf.edu.*Important Note: The cover letter should include whether you plan to complete this degree as a distance learning student only or if you will be pursuing a residency position.*

Any application materials that can't be sent electronically may be mailed to:

Ms. Angela Moore 
Program Coordinator, Advanced Athletic Training Post-Professional Program 
USF Department of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 
13220 USF Laurel Drive, MDF 5th Floor  
Mail Code MDC106 
Tampa, FL 33612

Any questions related to the academic curriculum should be addressed to Dr. Rebecca Lopez via email to: rlopez@health.usf.edu or via phone to: 813-396-9078.

Any questions related to the clinical residency positions please click here for more information.