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.

If for some reason the number of direct-admit students in the undergraduate phase is small for a given class, students in Exercise Physiology will be offered spots in that direct admit Master of Athletic Training class on a competitive basis during their undergraduate phase. This is offered across the class and is well publicized at that time to the class.

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

The application for the professional phase of the MATR opens up each July, with applications considered on a rolling basis until the class is full. The next professional phase cohort of students will start here at Marquette the last week in May, 2019 with an anticipated graduation date of May, 2021.

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.

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 submitted and approved by the CAATE during the 2017-2018 school year.

The next reaccreditation and comprehensive assessment will occur in the 2020-2021 academic year under the new 2020 standards for accreditation.

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 from the CAATE website as of 2018.

Major in Athletic Training learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

If you need further information on the Master of 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