Master of Athletic Training


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 program 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. Application information and process can be found here:

2-year Accelerated Degree 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 Program. This application process will be completed through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS), which can be found here:

The application for the professional phase opens up in summer the year prior to matriculation, with applications considered on a rolling basis until the class is full. Each cohort of students starts the professional phase of the MAT Program here at Marquette the end of May, with an anticipated graduation date in May 2 years later.

Prerequisite coursework for the MAT Program:
The following courses (or equivalent courses for equal or greater credits) must be completed prior to starting the MAT Program curriculum. Candidates can apply to the professional phase the MAT Program (two year program) while finishing these courses, but satisfactory completion of the prerequisite coursework must be submitted before their acceptance into the MAT Program is considered formally complete.

  • Anatomy and Physiology 1001 (or Anatomy): 3 credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1002 (or Physiology): 3 credits
  • Chemistry 1001 (with lab): 4 credits
  • Chemistry 1002 (with lab): 4 credits
  • Biology 1001: 3 credits
  • Physics 1001 (with lab): 4 credits
  • Psychology 1001: 3 credits
  • Exercise Physiology: 3 credits
  • Kinesiology: 3 credits
  • Statistics: 3 credits
  • Medical Terminology: 1 credit

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 of 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

The Marquette University Master of Athletic Training Program has successfully completed the reaccreditation process. The program has been reaccredited for the maximum timeframe of 10 years, through the 2030-31 academic year, under the new 2020 standards for accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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.

State Licensure/Certification Disclosure

The Master of Athletic Training degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the specified states.

Satisfies Educational Requirements: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY

Does Not Satisfy Educational Requirements: None

States without Athletic Training licensure / Athletic Training not regulated:  CA

No Determination Made: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

Please contact Chris Geiser ( for more information.

Marquette Athletic Training students have compiled an impressive pass-rate on the BOC certification examination over the years. The current pass rate for athletic training graduates at Marquette can be viewed here: Current Marquette Athletic Training Program Outcomes


Master of Athletic Training learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Athletic Training degree program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical proficiency in the field of athletic training as outlined in the Athletic Training Educational Standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
  2. Advocate for the health needs of clients/patents, and populations.
  3. Identify health care delivery strategies that account for health literacy and a variety of social determinants of health.

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