FAQs about the Masters of Athletic Training (MSAT) Degree

Masters of Athletic Training (MSAT) Degree

Where can I find additional information?

Please contact Reese Boucher, Director of the Athletic Training Program at Castleton University at (802) 468-1435.

What if I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program?

Students who are currently enrolled in the professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program will have full opportunity to complete the program and sit for the Board of Certification examination upon graduation from the program. Our transition timeline will allow us to see all the current students through the BS in AT program before the first cohort of students will enter the MSAT program in 2020.

How long will it take to complete the MSAT program?

The MSAT program will take two full years, including two summer (August) semesters, to complete. The design of the new masters degree program will allow students to become immersed in athletic training didactic and clinical content courses, because the foundational knowledge and general education courses will be complete before students enter the MSAT program.

What if I already have a Bachelor's Degree?

Students who already hold a Bachelor’s Degree and have taken the prerequisite coursework may apply to the MSAT program through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). All didactic and clinical content associated with the MSAT program will be taught within 2 years. The first cohort of MSAT students will apply by February 2020, for an August 2020 start date. Additional information will be available soon regarding the prerequisites. 

How do I apply to the MSAT program and what are the prerequisites?

Students will apply to the BS in Kinesiology/Pre-AT program through the standard Castleton University admissions process. During their junior (third) year, they will apply to the MSAT through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). Additional information will be available soon regarding the prerequisites, but the prerequisite coursework will be completed within the BS in Kinesiology/Pre-AT program. 

When will the MSAT program be available?

The proposed start date for the MSAT program is August 2020. Students will complete the prerequisite and foundational coursework for the MSAT degree within the BS in Kinesiology/Pre-AT program. The first freshman class of 2017 will be ready to begin the MSAT program in the Fall 2020. This timing will allow us to phase out the current Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program before beginning the Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

What if I don't apply to or don't gain acceptance into the MSAT program?

Students who do not enter the MSAT program after the three-year mark will have the option to complete an alternate curriculum in the fourth year in order to fulfill the requirements of the Kinesiology major and receive a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

What courses will I take?

Students in the Kinesiology/Pre-AT program will complete MSAT prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, anatomy and physiology. They will also complete courses that provide foundational knowledge in athletic training. The fourth and fifth years will be dedicated to the MSAT didactic and clinical coursework. Students will receive a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Pre-AT degree after the fourth year. 

How long is the program?

This 3+2 program will allow students to complete the entire bachelor and master degree program in five years, and be eligible to take the Board of Certificate Examination (BOC) upon program completion.