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Good news!

Manchester University has lowered the tuition for the Master of Athletic Training Program! Beginning summer 2018, this new discounted price will make Manchester the most affordable choice among all Indiana private colleges and universities. Combined with our small class sizes and outstanding track record for alumni success, Manchester is Indiana’s best value for assuring your future as a Certified Athletic Trainer! See tuition details here.

Master of Athletic Training


Starting in Fall 2019, Manchester’s Master of Athletic Training Program will take residence at our Fort Wayne, Ind., campus. We’re excited for the expanded opportunities that we’ll be able to offer to MAT students, including newer facilities, more opportunities for clinical experiences, stronger collaborations with our other professional health science programs, and all of the amenities offered by the vibrant, progressive city of Fort Wayne!

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Society is increasingly interested in physical fitness and sports competition and athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries. They are often the first health-care professionals on the scene when injuries occur and must be trained to recognize, evaluate and assess injuries, and provide immediate care. Athletic training careers are found in secondary schools, colleges and universities, in hospitals and clinics, in fitness and recreation centers, in business and industry, and with professional sports teams.

Because athletic trainers play an important role in preventing injuries and containing health care costs, demand is projected to grow 21 percent between 2014 and 2024 (from United States Bureau of Labor Statistics). Pay varies, but the average annual athletic trainer salary for those with a master’s degree is $54,660 (from NATA 2014 Salary Survey.)

Why Manchester?

Manchester offers two options to accomplish your goal to become an athletic trainer.

Two-year Master’s in Athletic Training

  • For students who’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and are looking to earn the credentials for a career in athletic training
  • Designed for those whose degrees are in disciplines other than athletic training
  • Two-year, accredited, professional master’s degree program

Athletic Training 3+2

  • For undergraduate student just starting college
  • Enroll as a first-year student majoring in exercise science and fitness
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree in just three years
  • Add two more years to earn your athletic training degree and graduate in just five years with two degrees and the credentials to take the exam for athletic trainer certification

Personal Attention and Hands-on Experience
Manchester stands out from athletic training master's programs at competitor schools with large enrollments. At Manchester, class sizes are small, affording plenty of personal attention from highly trained, skilled faculty, making sure your questions are answered and lessons are understood.

Master of Athletic Training majors get practical, hands-on experience that prepare them for jobs. They get teaching experience in Manchester’s program, and they have immediate opportunities for internships with the University’s athletic teams.

Excellent Outcomes
Manchester has a history of excellence in the health sciences, and our Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program stands out as one of the Midwest’s top athletic training graduate programs. Since the program’s inception in 2010, 100 percent of MAT candidates have passed their national Board of Certification exam – 95 percent on their first attempt.

MU athletic training grads are employed in a variety of industries and with professional sports teams.

Why a Master's Degree?

The Athletic Training Strategic Alliance recently announced that all athletic trainers will need a master’s degree in the near future and that, effective 2022, no students can enroll in a bachelor’s degree in athletic training program to meet requirements for certification.

That makes Manchester an excellent choice if you’re planning a career in athletic training – whether you’ve already completed a bachelor’s degree or haven’t started college yet at the undergraduate level. Get an edge in the job market with a master's in athletic training

Since the program’s inception in 2010, 100 percent of Master of Athletic Training candidates have passed their national Board of Certification exam, 95 percent on their first attempt.


The Manchester University Master of Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program was initially accredited in 2012 and received a 10-year reaccreditation in 2016.