School of Applied Sciences
The University of Mississippi

MSAT Curriculum

Course Requirements

For the M.S. in Athletic Training, a minimum of 54 semester hours of graduate study is required.  Requirements for the M.S. in Athletic Training are a minimum of 48 hours from the core curriculum, and either 6 hours of thesis or 6 hours of field service project as the capstone in athletic training.  The MSAT is a two-year intensive lockstep cohort program that follows a specific course sequence (see below).

The MSAT program requires the following 54 hours:

Core Curriculum (48 Hours)

AT 503 – Clinical Applications & Injury Biomechanics (3)

AT 601 – Introduction to Athletic Training (3)                                      

AT 602 – Athletic Training Clinical I (2)                                                  

AT 603 – Orthopedic Eval. of Athletic Injuries I (3)                             

AT 604 – Therapeutic Interventions in Ath. Train. (3)                          

AT 605 – Athletic Training Clinical II (2)                                              

AT 606 – Orthopedic Eval. of Athletic Injuries II (3)

AT 607 – General Medicine & Pharmacology (3)

AT 608 – Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries (3)

AT 609 – Immersive Field Experience in Ath. Train. (2)                       

AT 610 – Athletic Training Clinical III (2)                                                 

AT 611 – Ath. Train. Admin. & Professionalism (3)                               

AT 613 – Athletic Training Clinical IV (2)                                                

AT 614 – Integration to Practice (2)                                                      

AT 620 – Research in Athletic Training (3)                                             

AT 630 – Applied Anatomy in Athletic Training (3)                              

AT 640 – Physiology of Sport & Exercise (3)                                           

AT 660 – Sports Performance (3)                                                            

Capstone in Athletic Training (6 hours)                                                         

A total of 6hrs must be completed in one of the following:

AT 697 – Thesis (6)                                                                                   

AT 698 – Field Service Project in Athletic Train. (6)


The Master of Science in Athletic Training program (MSAT) at the University of Mississippi is a rigorous and intensive program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. Students will be expected to meet technical standards either with or without accommodations. Please refer to the MSAT technical standards (see SECTION V. Health & Safety) for a more detailed explanation.

YEAR 1: 33 HRS

Summer (9 hours)  

Fall (12 hours)  

Spring (12 hours)

YEAR 2: 21 HRS

Summer (3 hours) 

Fall  (12 hours)

Spring  (6 hours)

*Thesis or Field Service Project; 1-6hrs variable credit for a required total of 6hrs

Total Credit Hours: 54

UM & UM-MSAT Curriculum Policies and Procedures

Matriculation Requirements (Standard 23C & 24L)

Following admission to the University of Mississippi’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program, students that formally accept the offer will be required to complete and provide proof of each of the following for matriculation in the UM-MSAT program.

  • Formal Acceptance & Acknowledgement of admission to the MSAT program (as indicated in UM-MSAT Formal Acceptance & Matriculation Requirements form)
  • New Student Meeting with Graduate Student Success
  • Undergraduate Degree (as indicated in admissions letter)
  • Required Prerequisite Coursework (as indicated in admissions letter)
  • Health Insurance (existing plan or optional plan can be purchased through UM-University Health Services; See SECTION V. Health & Safety)
  • Immunization (See SECTION V. Health & Safety)
    • To include:  MMR, Hepatitis B (or Hep B vaccination refusal), Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), a 2-step TB skin test, and Covid-19 (or Covid-19 vaccination refusal)
  • UM-MSAT Student Orientation (See SECTION V. Health & Safety). The following will be discussed/completed:
    • MSAT Medical Packet
    • Immunization verification or completion of additional vaccinations, if needed, at time of physical examination
    • Physical Examination (Cost covered by UM-MSAT course fees)
    • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Certification (Cost covered by UM-MSAT course fees)
    • Membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association & Mississippi Athletic Trainers’ Association (Cost covered by UM-MSAT course fees)
    • Medical Liability Insurance (Cost ~$40 per year)
    • NPI Number
    • Passing Background Check/Drug Screen (Cost covered by UM-MSAT course fees)
    • Communicable Disease Policy and Procedure Training
    • Biological Safety Training
    • Supervision of Minors Training
    • HIPAA Training
    • MSAT Program Emergency Contact Form
    • MSAT Confidentiality Acknowledgement (HIPAA and FERPA) Form
    • MSAT Handbook Acknowledgement Form

Degree Requirements (Standard 24G)

In addition to the standards outlined by the UM Graduate School (, students in the MSAT program will be expected to:

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher within the UM-MSAT program.
  • Maintain academic integrity and professional behavior in classroom, laboratory, any clinical sites visited, and in the community.
  • Complete all clinical education assignments successfully.
  • Complete at least 1 clinical immersion experience.
  • Complete the final requirements of Capstone in the final semester of the UM-MSAT program.
  • Participate in planned in-services, interprofessional education, and attend professional conferences as dictated by the UM-MSAT program.

In addition, due to the intense nature and structure of the curriculum in the UM-MSAT program, any student who has earned more than two (semester) grades of C+ or below in graduate courses will be dismissed from the program.  For the purposes of maintaining satisfactory academic performance, grade for clinical coursework will be considered equivalent to grades earned in academic courses.