Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Healthcare
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Athletic Training Master’s Degree Program

The Athletic Training program at the University of Mary prepares students to become certified athletic trainers who assist people of all ages and abilities to participate in professional, recreational, and competitive activities. The program is designed to develop leaders in athletic training or allied health professions who possess excellent communication and critical-thinking skills and bring value-based ethics to their careers.

By earning your master’s degree in Athletic Training at the University of Mary, you’ll gain the skills needed to help others remain physically fit or regain fitness after an injury or illness. Some example career paths include rehabilitation specialist, injury prevention specialist, and corporate director of employee wellbeing.

Begin a career that cares for others.



Combining formal classroom instruction and supervised clinical experience, the Athletic Training degree prepares students to be on the leading edge of their profession:

  • Work closely with the medical community gaining practical experience in clinical settings in your region of the United States. Students can also travel to Peru for international training experience.
  • Successfully meet the Board of Certification (BOC) standards to become a certified athletic trainer (ATC), through completion of the accredited University of Mary curriculum program and all BOC requirements.
  • Develop specific skills in the following areas: evidence-based practices, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referral, and health care administration.
  • Learn to apply Christian, Catholic and Benedictine values as an athletic trainer.


Athletic trainers work in a wide range of professional settings--everything from the Mayo Clinic and NASA to Cirque du Soleil, Disney World and NBC's "The Biggest Loser." 

Professions that employ athletic trainers include:

  • Health care teams in secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Professional sports programs
  • Physician offices
  • Hospitals
  • Entertainment and the performing arts
  • Industrial settings

Because of their important role in preventing injuries and reducing health care costs, athletic trainers are in growing demand. As a result, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 19% from 2018 to 2028*.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Athletic Trainers

Start Your Journey At Mary


Rachel Johnson Krug, EdD, LAT, ATC

Lark Welch, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Kyle Petit, PhD, LAT, ATC

Paul LaDuke, DAT, LAT, ATC, USAW National Coach

William Littlefield, EdD, LAT, ATC

Your first step is to apply for candidacy by submitting the application for admission. Candidacy means you are on your way to completing the admissions process! You will need to be accepted into your program before you can enroll in classes. 

Upon receiving candidacy, you will need to submit the following to be considered for admissions into a graduate program:

  • Official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 with the following prerequisite courses:
    • Chemistry
    • Statistics
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Physics
    • Biomechanics and Kinesiology
    • Medical Terminology
    • Anatomy and Physiology I
    • Anatomy and Physiology II
    • Lifespan Psychology
  • Graduated from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to [email protected]

Potential applicants should contact an admissions representative for information on prerequisites.

For more information about our admission requirements, please visit this page.