The 3+2 accelerated program is designed for incoming freshmen (or transfers who meet degree matriculation requirements) who are interested in an accelerated path toward the advanced degree. In this option, students complete 3 years of undergraduate coursework in the B.S. in Health Science: Sports Medicine Studies program followed by two years of coursework culminating in the M.S. in Athletic Training. Beginning the summer at the end of their third year, students will begin the "professional phase" of the M.S. program. At the conclusion of the summer of their third year, students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Health Science: Sports Medicine Studies. Following completion of the 5th year, students will receive a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree.
Candidates who wish to be admitted to the3+2 accelerated master's program will be considered according to the entry guidelines that have been set forth below. Students who meet admissions criteria for the program will adhere to the application deadlines defined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
All requests for transfer/change of major into the 3+2 Accelerated BS-MS in Athletic Training, are handled on a case by case basis. The number of students accepted in this manner depends upon the number of openings available in that year. This selection process is competitive. Successful completion of prerequisite coursework does not guarantee acceptance. To be considered as a change of major/transfer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A graduate application and notification of intent to progress in to the M.S. in Athletic Training program must be completed by the announced deadline in the spring semester of the second year.
Student must achieve a grade of C or better in all undergraduate major and related required courses. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA to progress into the M.S. in Athletic Training program. (If applicable, transfer course grades will be calculated in to determine GPA).
Interview: an interview with department faculty may be required.
Candidates for the professional master's program will be considered for enrollment on a rolling basis for a summer entry start.
Applicants to the program use the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). You DO NOT complete the West Chester University graduate school application.
To Apply Follow these steps:
Note: Prerequisite coursework can still be in progress at the time of one applies. However, all prerequisites must be completed at the start of the program. If you have questions about whether a course fulfills one of the above requirements, please contact SHeinerichs@wcupa.edu.
To be accepted as a fully matriculated student into the master’s program, an applicant needs to meet the requirements for WCU graduate study. Specifically, a student must have a minimum 2.8 undergraduate GPA, a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major discipline, and a competitive GRE score. An applicant must present a bachelor’s degree in athletic training or a program that includes the following undergraduate courses: human anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and statistics. The application package must also include official transcripts representing all previous coursework, two letters of recommendation, and a written goals statement.
Students may apply online. When completing the online application process, you must create a profile and select your program of study. Be sure to select M.S. in exercise and sports physiology with a concentration in athletic training (enter program code s532) within the Kinesiology Department in the College of Health Sciences.