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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
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Exercise Science + Athletic Training [BS + MATR]

New Program [Fall 2022]

This program is an entry-level master’s degree that will be offered via two different routes. A student may begin the program at Eastern Michigan University as a first-year student. This student would follow the Combined Exercise Science/Athletic Training program (EXAT). This is a 3+2 program that will award a student a bachelor’s and master’s degree when completed. These students will meet all the pre-admission requirements at EMU and apply to the program during the winter semester of their third year. If accepted, the student will then start the following summer semester and complete the “professional phase” of the program. This will complete their fourth and fifth years. This phase is two full years that require summer coursework. This route would include students who transfer to EMU and do not have an earned bachelor’s degree.  When students graduate, they will earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Exercise Science and a Master of Athletic Training.

The other route students may take to earn the entry-level master’s is the Master of Athletic Training Program (MATR). This program would be for students who earned a bachelor’s degree and meet all the pre-admissions requirements. These students would apply during the winter semester of the year they plan on beginning the program. If accepted, they would start during the summer semester and have two full years of coursework.

All students will go through the program as a cohort and are required to be full-time students to meet the didactic and clinical demands of the program. 


  • Students will be able to engage in thoughtful dialogue and engage in problem-solving, critical thinking, and analysis with respect to all aspects of athletic training. 
  • Students will promote and practice respect and unbiased treatment of physically active individuals regardless of race, color, gender, or religious affiliation. 
  • Students will obtain all skills and knowledge necessary to complete the defined curriculum, sit for the BOC certification examination, and serve as a certified athletic trainer. (SLO) 
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the use of Evidence-Based Medicine in the application of their AT knowledge, skills, and abilities. 


Students develop clinical and critical thinking skills through five practicum semesters that culminate in an immersive clinical internship during the sixth semester in the program. Students are given opportunities during their clinical education at high schools, universities, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, and physician clinics. In addition, they have inter-professional education experiences with programs within and outside of the University.

Program Admission

Admit Terms and Deadlines

Submitted applications and our rolling admissions process will begin on November 1. Applications are due February 1, with interviews occurring no later than April 1All steps must be completed and admission requirements met by the deadline for your application to be reviewed by the school.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be previously admitted to the undergraduate portion of the combined program.

Applicants must confirm with their advisor that they have completed enough undergraduate credits before applying to the graduate portion of the program. A student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours before being fully admitted to the graduate portion of the program.

Program Requirements 

Applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • 75 credit hours completed before application/portfolio submission.
  • 90 credit hours completed before the AT program Summer I semester. If 90 credit hours are not completed by application submission, include a plan to demonstrate how it will be met.
  • A minimum of a 3.00 overall GPA is required.

All general education courses must be completed before starting the Athletic Training Program (Summer I semester). During the winter semester, General Education courses can be taken during a portfolio review.

Applicants must have earned a “C” or better in  a course in the following areas or provide documentation of credential (Course Completion Form):

Applicants must provide documentation of 50 observation hours with an ATC.* At no time during your observation can you represent yourself as an EMU “athletic training student.” You are a student applying to get into the Athletic Training Program.

  • Two settings/populations must be observed
  • Documentation of hours (provided form) signature of ATC with BOC number and state license number
  • Volunteer form
  • Two professional or academic letters of reference

*a majority of these hours are acquired in the ATTR 300W  course

Applicants must include a personal statement including career goals, past experiences, and personal qualities. This statement will be used to evaluate the applicant’s ability to write professionally.

The following forms need to be completed and signed:


Your application will be submitted using ATCAS, a Centralized Application Service (CAS) hosted by Liaison. After reviewing the admission requirements, please review the application instructions and select the appropriate application.

Domestic Applicants Within the application, follow the instructions to submit an official transcript from all previously attended institutions.

International Applicants Before applying, applicants must review the international application/process deadlines at emich.edu/international as they may differ from general program requirements.

The application deadline is February 1. Initially, applications will be evaluated for the minimum requirements (completion of the portfolio). The Athletic Training Advisory Committee will review applications that meet the minimum requirements. Applicants will be notified by March 1 if they will be granted an interview. Admission to the program is competitive; not all applicants will be given an interview.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

School Information

Health Promotion & Human Performance 319J Porter, 734.487.2815

Christopher Herman, PhD, Director

Advisor Information

Please contact the school for advisor information.

Undergraduate Degree -

The requirements listed below will appear on a student’s undergraduate transcript. 

For the undergraduate portion of this program, students must earn a minimum total of 120 credits at the 100-level or above.

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements, please see the Undergraduate Catalog or print a General Education Worksheet [PDF] .

Major Requirements: 88-89 hours

Students in this program are exempt from the University requirement that “Students enrolled in a combined program may not apply more than 12 credit hours of 500-level coursework toward their undergraduate degree.”

Exercise Science Requirements: 49-50 hours

Biology: 4-5 hours

Choose one course or course combination from the following:

Chemistry: 4 hours

Choose one course or course combination from the following:

Human Nutrition: 3 hours

Choose one course from the following:

Physics: 4 hours

Psychology: 3 hours

Medical Terminology: 1 hour

Exercise Science: 30 hours

Choose one course from the following:

Minor Requirement:

This major does not require a minor.

Graduate Degree -

The requirements listed below will appear on a student’s graduate transcript.

Combined Program Total: 151 hours