Application Process

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ATTENTION: The summer 2020 application cycle will open August 1st. The priority deadline for admission is December 1, 2019. The final application deadline is February 15, 2020. Please keep in mind that we utilize the rolling admission model and the cohort may be filled prior to the February 15th deadline.

The application process for the USF Master of Science in Athletic Training consists of two steps, application through ATCAS (the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service) and application to the USF Office of Graduate Studies. These two steps are outlined below.

To apply, please follow these instructions:

Step 1


Create an account in ATCAS and follow the directions to complete the application.


Official Transcripts

Submit transcript verification of completion of a bachelor’s degree and completion of the prerequisite courses to ATCAS using the Transcript Request Form. If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree or all prerequisite courses at the time you apply, you will be able to submit final verification later. Transcripts should be mailed to:

P.O. Box 9132
Watertown, MA 02471

Recommendation Letters

Three letters of recommendation are required. You can request the letters via the ATCAS system.

Personal Statement

Complete the personal statement describing prior experiences, accomplishments, and career goals using the prompt on the ATCAS application.

GRE Scores

Send GRE scores to codes: 1784 (University of South Florida ATCAS) and 5828 (University of South Florida Graduate Admissions). You must send your scores to BOTH codes.

Step 2

Click the button below to submit a USF Graduate online application:
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Process for Student Selection to the Program

Upon receipt of completed applications through ATCAS and the Office of Graduate Studies, the Athletic Training faculty will conduct initial review of the applications. Applicants will be evaluated based on:

  • Undergraduate GPA
    • Overall
    • Prerequisite courses
  • GRE Score
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation

Qualified applicants will be asked for an on-campus or video conference interview with the Athletic Training faculty and staff.

Once feedback from all faculty, clinical mentors, and current students has been collected, the program administrative team selects the top candidates and offers program admission.

Once Selected to the Program

The Master of Science in Athletic Training at USF is a rigorous academic and clinical program that runs for 23 consecutive months.  Aside from the open summer in the second year that is reserved for clinical opportunities outside of Tampa, the students should plan on remaining in the Tampa region for the duration of the program.  Due to the compressed nature of the program, there are limited scheduled breaks for holidays, etc.

Courses begin in the last week of June in the initial summer of enrollment.  The course schedule in the summer session is very time intensive.  Courses run from 8am – 4pm Monday through Friday for the entire month of July.

In the month of August, students will spend the entire workday with their assigned preceptors in the individual clinical environments.  The normal class schedule will resume in the first week of September, with clinical experiences continuing throughout the program.
*Start dates for courses and clinical experiences may vary by academic year*