Athletic Training


There are three paths to be admitted to the Masters in Athletic Training program. Here is a summary of the three options.

5-year Accelerated Degree Program:
High school applicants to Marquette can apply for direct-admission to the 5 year ADP culminating in an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology (EXPH) and a Master’s degree in athletic training (MAT). Candidates apply to this program out of high school using the common application. The common application should prompt the applicant to submit an essay specific to the athletic training application during the process. To complete the undergraduate and graduate programs in a total of 5 years at Marquette, students will need to have Exercise Physiology as their undergraduate major. Any student that is accepted to the MAT who did not list Exercise Physiology as their intended undergraduate major will be contacted to see if they desire to join this track, or if they wish to complete a different undergraduate major and the MAT instead in 6 years total.

2-year Professional Program:
For those interested in athletic training who already have or will have an undergraduate degree and the prerequisite coursework completed or in progress, you can apply directly to the professional (2 Year) phase of the MAT. This application process will be completed through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS), which can be found here:

The application for our first professional phase students will open up in the summer of 2017, with applications considered on a rolling basis until the class is full. This cohort of students will start the professional phase of the MAT here at Marquette on May 21st, 2018, with an anticipated graduation date of May, 2020.

Athletic Training / Physical Therapy Dual-credential program:
Those students who are directly admitted to the 6-year Doctorate of Physical Therapy program may apply to join a 7-year dual-credential MAT/DPT track. This is a very selective track only open to current direct-admit Marquette DPT students, with admissions handled by the two programs internally. If you have questions on this track, please contact the athletic training program director.

About the Major

General information

The athletic training program is an integral part of the Program in Exercise Science and the College of Health Sciences whose mission is to educate excellent, ethical health care providers. This mission, coupled with a dedication to recruiting and retaining students from diverse backgrounds, serves as the template for excellence in education and diversity. The mission of the athletic training program is to enhance the quality of health care for the physically active through prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. The Master’s in Athletic Training supports the mission and educational philosophy of Marquette University and strives to develop men and women who have a allegiance to lifelong learning, and who will dedicate their lives to the service of others.

Accreditation Status

Marquette’s athletic training major was reaccredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education during the 2009-2010 academic year for the maximum timeframe of 10 years. A substantive change request transitioning the athletic training major to an entry-level Master’s degree program will be submitted during the 2017-2018 school year.

The next reaccreditation full assessment will occur in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Athletic Training Certification / Licensure

Athletic Trainers in Wisconsin and most states must be licensed as an Athletic Trainer by the Department of Regulation and Licensing in order to practice in that state. To be granted an Athletic Training license to practice, individuals must achieve a passing score on the Athletic Training Certification exam administered by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). Graduates of Marquette’s Master’s degree in Athletic Training will be eligible to challenge the NATABOC Certification exam once they are registered for their last semester of coursework.

Marquette Athletic Training students have compiled an impressive pass-rate on this examination over the years. The exam pass rates for first-time test-takers for Marquette graduates and nationally can be viewed here: Marquette Athletic Training Exam Statistics from the CAATE website as of April, 2016

Major in Athletic Training learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

Curriculum with suggested course sequencing:

2-year Professional MAT

If you need further information on the Master’s in Athletic Training program at Marquette, please contact the Program Director, Chris Geiser.


Contact Athletic Training

Athletic Training Major
College of Health Sciences
Cramer Hall, 215
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Phone: (414) 288-5069
Fax: (414) 288-6079