Application Process

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ATTENTION: The summer 2019 application cycle is now open. The application deadline is February 15, 2019. 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

Observation Hours Logs

A record of a minimum of 50 observation hours with a Certified Athletic Trainer is required. All applicants must report 50 observational hours. You must report this information in the following section of the ATCAS Application: “Supporting Information” -> “Experiences” -> "Shadowing" from drop-down menu of "Experience Type". Please upload all hour logs and/or evaluations in the "Observational Hours" document section. All logs/evaluations can be uploaded in one file.

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
  • Observation hours and Clinical Mentor evaluations
  • 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 internship opportunities, 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.

There are no scheduled classes in the month of August, which is reserved for an immersive clinical experience.  The 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.
*Start dates for courses and clinical experiences may vary by academic year*