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MASTER OF ATHLETIC TRAINING

Support Athletes’ Success with an Athletic Training Master’s

Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who help athletes at all levels remain at peak performance. As experts in their field, they are in high demand. If you enjoy health science and have a passion for sports, a career as an athletic trainer might be the perfect fit.

Manchester University’s Master of Athletic Training program stands out among schools with large enrollments by focusing on you. We heavily emphasize an interprofessional education and offer hands-on, 1-to-1 time between students and faculty. Our two-year athletic training master’s degree program is located at Manchester University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, surrounded by myriad professional development opportunities. We are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  

We have a history of excellence in health sciences and will provide you with the knowledge and real world experience to succeed.

MU MAT AT A GLANCE

  • Credits: 62
  • Years to Completion: 2
  • Tuition: Learn more
  • Learning Environment: Manchester University Fort Wayne
  • Fall Session Begins: Aug. 28, 2023
  • Accreditation: CAATE
62

Credits

2

Years

Tuition

Learn more

Fall Session

August 2024

Learning Environment

Manchester University Fort Wayne

Accreditation

caate

Why Choose Manchester for Your MAT Degree?

Manchester University offers education excellence in health sciences. Our Master of Athletic Training Program stands out as one of the top athletic graduate programs in the Midwest.

STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT

The MAT lab has cutting-edge testing and simulation equipment, laser and electrical therapeutic modalities and intermittent compression technology.

Experiential learning

As a student earning your degree in athletic training, you’ll participate in four seven-week, hands-on clinical immersions. You’ll take part in multiple simulations throughout your two years in the MAT degree program and work in concussion and orthopedic clinics over the summer.

In addition, you’ll complete a four-week clinical rotation in a variety of environments including high schools, universities and industrial or occupational settings.

Value and affordability

Manchester’s athletic training master’s falls in the middle range for costs compared to similar, two-year programs in our region.

Highly skilled faculty

Professors of our MAT degree program have extensive training and industry experience in secondary and youth sports, as well as all levels of collegiate training. Meet the professors of the athletic training master’s program.

Small class size to earn your degree in athletic training

The student to teacher ratio of our MAT program is 6 to 1, which means you’ll receive individualized attention.

Desirable location

According to a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking, Fort Wayne is one of the most affordable places to live. Our location also offers a variety of clinical and interprofessional opportunities for you as an MU student.

Hear From Students of our Athletic Training Master's Program

A student graduates with an MAT from MU

Hear from students of our athletic training master’s program.

MAT graduate from MU Fort Wayne

We don't have classes during our clinicals so we can be full-time at our clinicals which is unique to Manchester."
Cassandra Horn '23, MAT Graduate

What Can You Do With Your Master of Athletic Training?

As interest in physical fitness and sports competition continues to increase, so does demand for athletic trainers. When injuries occur, they must be evaluated in real time. As an athletic trainer, you are often the first health care professional to assess and treat an injury and provide immediate care.

Athletic trainers work in secondary schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, clinics and fitness and recreation centers. You can also secure jobs across industries and with professional sports teams.

Career outlook for MAT graduates

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a 14 percent growth rate for athletic trainers through 2031 — a rate much faster than average. The BLS also reports a master’s degree in athletic training is required for this type of position. Our graduates are a testament to the reputation of our program. Many find rewarding careers with high schools in Northeast Indiana and Arizona, and some go on to work with athletes in a professional sports setting.

Over the last decade, graduates of our athletic training degree program have passed Board of Certification (BOC) exams at an average of 91 percent.

How much do MAT graduates make?

Salary.com reports a range of $45,824 and $55,205 for athletic trainers in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. As you gain experience, you can explore opportunities to apply your MAT degree working with professional sports teams. These roles can earn up to $100,000 annually.

At MU Fort Wayne, students enjoy dedicated class ratios that give them individualized access to instructors in the classroom and lab.
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Explore Classes to Earn Your Degree in Athletic Training

Earning your master’s degree in athletic training from Manchester means small class sizes, personal attention from an exceptional faculty and field experience that translates to job offers.

The coursework of your MAT degree program includes the foundations, administration and ethics involved with athletic training. You’ll also gain hands-on experience working with state-of-the-art testing and simulation equipment.

Comprehensive classes include: 

  • Pharmacy Principles for Athletic Trainers
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Clinical Skills
  • Preparation for Professional Practice
  • View all courses of the MAT Program:

Master of Athletic Training Accreditation

Manchester’s athletic training program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Get Started on Your MAT Degree

Are you ready to earn your master’s degree in athletic training? Reach out today to discover all Manchester’s MAT degree has to offer.

Admissions Requirements for the MAT program

You must meet the following minimum requirements for admission into MU’s Master of Athletic Training program:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average
  • Two letters of recommendation through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS)

Review our admission page for all requirements.

Application Process for the athletic training master’s program

You can apply to Manchester University — and the MAT program — on a rolling basis. Since MU is a member of the ATCAS, you can upload all your information once and it is shared with all the programs to which you are applying. There is an initial fee to use ATCAS, plus a per application fee.

Important dates in the application process are:

Apply Now and Request More Information

Manchester’s athletic training master’s falls in the middle range for costs compared to similar, two-year programs in our region.

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Manchester University’s Non-Discrimination Admission Policy

Manchester University is committed to non-discrimination in campus life. The University does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, ancestry, race, color, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, religion, disability or veteran status in admissions or any area of campus life, including its educational programs, scholarships and loan awards, residence life programs, athletic programs, extracurricular programs, promotion and tenure policies and practice, and alumni affairs.

Manchester University is committed to carry out the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilities Act, which provide for accessibility of University programs to the physically disabled.