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

Athletic Training Master’s Degree Program

The Athletic Training graduate 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. It is suited for students of many backgrounds, including those with a bachelor’s degree in health science.

By earning your MS in Athletic Training degree 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. Many of our students find careers in the education, medical, military, and sports & entertainment industries.

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


A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in Biomechanics, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, or related field is required for admission.  Students who are currently enrolled in their undergraduate program are welcome to apply beginning in the fall of their senior year. If you do not meet the minimum grade point average for this program, please contact the Admissions Office for options.

Begin by completing the online graduate application for admission:

  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Resume-may be uploaded into your application portal
  • Transcripts:
    • Graduated from the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary 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]

For more information on requirements for this program, please visit this page.