Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Exercise Science + Athletic Training [BS + MATR]

Location(s): In-person/hybrid

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 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 an 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. 


  • Students will develop the athletic training skills needed to sit for the Board of Certification examination and transition into entry-level healthcare practice.
  • Students will become globally aware, emotionally intelligent, and culturally competent allied healthcare providers.
  • Students will expand their critical thinking skills so that they can adapt to the evolving healthcare environment.


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

Rolling admissions begin on November 1 and end on February 1. Applications received after February 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis until the final admission deadline of April 15. All steps must be completed and admission requirements met 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). General Education courses can be taken during a portfolio review during the winter semester.
  • Applicants must have earned a “C” or better in  a course in the following areas or provide documentation of credential (Course Completion Form):
  • Documentation of 30 observation hours with an ATC. A majority of these hours are acquired in ATTR 300W During your observation, you cannot represent yourself as an EMU “athletic training student;you are applying to get into the Athletic Training Program. Applicants will document hours using a provided form that an ATC must sign with a BOC and state license numbers.
  • Volunteer form
  • Two professional or academic references. The contact details of the references will be shared through ATCAS.

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.

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. 

According to university policy, students must earn a minimum of 120 credit hours at the 100-level or above for a bachelor’s degree. Completing this combined program’s minimum credit hour total (Undergrad + Grad) will likely require students to complete more than 120 credit hours as an undergraduate.

General Education Requirements:

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

Major Requirements: 89-90 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.

Students must ensure they have completed the necessary graduate credit hours that, when combined with those taken as an undergraduate, equal or exceed the minimum number of credit hours required for this combined program. Sometimes, a student may need additional coursework beyond the minimum requirements listed below to meet the total hour requirement. 

Combined Program Total: 148 hours