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 (MATR). 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 MATR 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 MATR 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 MATR. 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 MATR here at Marquette the end of May, with an anticipated graduation date in May 2 years later.

Athletic Training / Physical Therapy Dual-credential program:
Those students who are directly admitted to the 6-year Doctorate of Physical Therapy program may apply during their 3rd year at Marquette to join a 7-year dual-credential MATR/DPT track. This is a very selective track only open to current direct-admit Marquette DPT students, with admissions handled by the MATR and DPT programs internally. If you have questions on this track, please contact the athletic training program director.

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

  • Anatomy and Physiology 1001 (or Anatomy): 4 credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1002 (or Physiology): 4 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

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 was approved in 2017-2018 academic year.

The next reaccreditation full assessment will occur during the 2020-2021 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. While the MATR at Marquette won’t have graduates until 2020, the current pass rate for the undergraduate major in athletic training at Marquette can be viewed here: Marquette Athletic Training Exam Statistics, Program Retention, Graduation, and Graduate Placement Rates from the CAATE website as of August, 2020.


Master of Athletic Training learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the field of athletic training as outlined in the Athletic Training Educational Competencies and Proficiencies of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
  • Apply critical thinking and evidence-based decision making in creating and implementing plans of care for both athletic and general populations with a variety of both acute and chronic conditions, as evidenced by site supervisor assessment in applied/clinical settings.
  • Exhibit values consistent with the Jesuit tradition of lifelong service and caring for others through the safe and ethical practice of athletic training as outlined by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). 

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