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Master of Athletic Training

Important Update for the Profession of Athletic Training

All Athletic Trainers will need a Master’s Degree in the near future. 

Read more about this important change in requirements for athletic training certification.

As the need for athletic trainers grows, Manchester University has responded with a Master of Athletic Training degree. The program began in 2010 and has experienced continual success: 100 percent of the MAT graduates have passed the BOC examination, 97.5 percent on their first attempt.

For students who already have earned a bachelor's degree in any major, Manchester’s MAT program is a full-time two-year program with certain undergraduate prerequisites (see MAT Admissions page). With a Manchester MAT degree, graduates will be eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination, which leads to the credential, ATC (certified athletic trainer). Manchester’s master’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (

Students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree can attain a Master of Athletic Training degree, along with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Fitness, in just five years with our 3+2 Dual Degree Program.

Why Athletic Training?

Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries. They are often the first health-care professionals on the scene when injuries occur and must be trained to recognize, evaluate and assess injuries, and provide immediate care.

Society is increasingly interested in physical fitness and sports competition. And because athletic trainers play an important role in preventing injuries and containing health care costs, demand is projected to grow 21 percent between 2014 and 2024 (from United States Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Why Manchester?

At Manchester, Master of Athletic Training students get practical, hands-on experience that prepare them for jobs in secondary schools, colleges and universities, in hospitals and clinics, in fitness and recreation centers, in business and industry, and with professional sports teams. Pay varies, but the average annual salary for an athletic trainer with a master’s degree is $54,660 (from NATA 2014 Salary Survey.)

Class sizes at Manchester are small, affording plenty of personal attention from highly trained, skilled faculty. Students get teaching experience in Manchester’s program, and they have immediate opportunities for internships with the University’s athletic teams.

Why a master’s degree?

Unlike programs geared for people with bachelor’s degrees in athletic training, Manchester’s program is designed for people whose bachelor’s degrees are in other disciplines. That enriches the classroom with a diversity of knowledge and a wider variety of backgrounds and experiences. It gives our graduates enhanced versatility in the job market. And it enriches the overall breadth of the athletic training profession.

Since the program’s inception in 2010, 100 percent of Master of Athletic Training candidates have passed their national Board of Certification exam, 97.5 percent on their first attempt.