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Athletic Training - Master of Science


Program Description

The Master's of Science in Athletic Training is a National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) accredited post-professional program. Students participate in advanced athletic training didactic, laboratory experiences and clinical internship opportunities which solidify their skills and research experiences resulting in becoming better clinicians and educators. Graduates of this program possess skills that make them highly qualified professionals and well rounded individuals.

The Graduate Athletic Training Program exposes students to a wide variety of the latest techniques and concepts in athletic training and related disciplines. Students will:


Accredited by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

Admission Requirements

The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited university or college and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. All applicants must be either BOC certified or have fulfilled all requirements to take the BOC exam. GRE scores are not required, but we encourage you to submit your scores.

  1. Complete and return the Graduate Athletic Training Education application; attach one copy of college transcript, one copy of your GRE scores (if applicable), and your resume and return it to the graduate athletic training program director. Please submit all materials prior to February 10, 2014 or until all positions are filled (please contact Dr. Miller if you apply after the deadline).
  2. Have three letters of recommendation (forms are also provided in application packet);one letter from a supervising athletic trainer/program director, one letter from individual who can substantiate your academic potential, and one letter from an individual of your choice. You may choose to have all letters included with the application but they must have the signature of the evaluator across the seal. Letters of recommendation may also be mailed separately or faxed to (269)-387-2704.
  3. You must be officially accepted by the Office of Admissions at Western Michigan University before being considered for admission into the graduate athletic training program. You may apply for the Office of Admissions at (269) 387-2000 or email
  4. You will be contacted to arrange a phone interview after we have received your completed application (interviews may occur prior to the application deadline). You may also come to campus after the phone interview to visit. You will be able to stay with a current student if you come to campus, but must supply your own transportation to WMU.
  5. Be sure to follow all instructions on the application forms, including the application for financial assistance (if necessary) found in the application instructions of the graduate self-managed application.
  6. Final decisions of acceptance into the Graduate Athletic Training Program will be made prior to March 1 or until all positions are filled.

To request an application via mail, please call (269) 387-2728 or email: Dr. Michael G. Miller, Director, Graduate Athletic Training Program.


All students who are accepted into the Graduate Athletic Training Program are automatically provided with an assistantship. All assistantships pay $17,700 for 2 years. Openings are available in: WMU athletics, WMU Sports Medicine Clinic and area high schools. Although you may request a particular assistantship, placements are determined by the graduate athletic training selection committee.


  1. Students are responsible for partial tuition.
  2. All out-of-state students can apply for in-state residency (for lower tuition costs) after residing in Michigan for one year. Applications and instructions will be provided upon acceptance.
  3. Student fees, books and health insurance are the sole responsibility of the student.


Allegan High School
Battle Creek Central High School
Climax-Scotts High School
Comstock High School
Delton-Kellog High School
Hackett High School
Kalamazoo Central High School
Kalamazoo Christian High School
Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Loy Norrix High School
Parchment High School
Paw Paw High School
Portage Central High School
Portage Northern High School
Schoolcraft High School
Vicksburg High School
Read Fieldhouse - WMU Athletics
Waldo - WMU Athletics
WMU Sports Medicine Clinic

Student Athletic Trainers

Carol Mass
Katie Bourbonnais
Stephanie Swartzwelder
Thomas Boike
Woodrow Dahl
Rachel Weitzel
Nicholas Anthony
Erin Giannotta
Laura Thomas
Tyler Sullivan
Tyler Depuydt
Cody Closson
Rebecca Petro
Ryan Ledwon
Catherine Newman
Megan McKenzie               
Rubie Gaudette
Shelby Reynolds and Samantha Slager
Maggie Boersema
Karrie Nicholson
David Germaine and Kayla Schrupp