MSAT Application Selection Process

The MSAT Admissions Committee is responsible for determining the application procedure and for selecting the entering class in the professional curriculum. All pre-professional requirements must be completed by the end of the spring semester before summer matriculation in the LSU MSAT. All ATCAS applications to be considered for Early Application Cycle, including all official undergraduate/graduate transcripts from every institution attended, the LSU-specific sections, GRE scores and letters of recommendation, must be submitted no later than November 1, 2021 at 12:00 MIDNIGHT (CENTRAL STANDARD TIME ZONE) for possible matriculation into the Summer 2022 semester. Applications must be submitted through the Athletic Training Common Application Service (ATCAS) and the LSU Graduate School. Application instructions can be found on the program’s website.

Students admitted and enrolled in the school must be capable of satisfactorily meeting all requirements of the curriculum in Athletic Training. The Admissions Committee chooses eligible candidates to be interviewed; interviews will contribute to the selected candidates' overall score.

Academic and non-academic qualifications are considered in the selection process. Selection for admission is based on the sum of the objective and subjective scores. The exact combination of each component to the total score may vary slightly from year to year and is determined by the admissions committee and the Athletic Training Program Director.

The MSAT application cycle begins early July annually and concludes when accepted applicants submit and complete necessary documentation by no later than late Spring. Below are the timeframes in the application cycle:

EARLY Application Cycle (July 15 - November 1, 2021) Start Date End Date
ATCAS and LSU Graduate School Application available July 15 November 1
Verification and Applicant Review Process October 1

November 7

Applicant Interviews
* All 2021-22 Application Cycle interviews will be conducted virtually.
November 15 December 15
Acceptance Notification Letters sent on or before December 15  
Applicant Acceptance to 2022 Summer Cohort December 15 January 5

2022 Campus Visit (tour campus, meet preceptors, individual faculty meetings, financial aid, housing options, etc.)
** This is an optional event and due to COVID-19 Pandemic, it is only available to students ACCEPTED in the 2022 cohort. 
*** Please note this event is contingent on the status of COVID-19 restrictions on campus.


Submission of Clinical Readiness Requirements (see section below)

January 5 May 1
PROVISIONAL Application Cycle (for any applicant submitting application materials AFTER November 1, 2021)    

Verification and Applicant Review Process (if necessary)
* Applicable if cohort seats still available after the Early Application Cycle

November 2 March 1

Once notified of admittance to the MSAT, students must meet the following requirements prior to beginning the degree program's course requirements in the Summer.

Students in the MSAT are required to work in a variety of health care settings. The MSAT program policies and procedures comply with the CAATE Accreditation Standards, as well as recommendations of the MSAT medical director and LSU Student Health Center.

Students must fulfill all Clinical Readiness Requirements by no later than May 1 in order to start the program course requirements after May 24. Each student is responsible for all fees associated with fulfilling the Clinical Readiness Requirements (complete details are available on the MSAT homepage):

  • MSAT Medical History Form (completed through the LSU Student Health Center Student Health Portal)
  • Health Physical Exam (must use MSAT Physical Examination Form if off-campus; if on-campus will be completed at the LSU Student Health Center)
  • Immunizations
  • Technical Standards
  • Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS)
    • Acceptable BLS certifications: American Red Cross, American Health Association, National Safety Council, American Safety and Health Institute, and Canadian red Cross.
    • LSU Athletic Training provides re-certification opportunities annually for students and staff that are certified by the American Red Cross.
  • Criminal Background Check (required for clinical experiences at off-campus clinical affiliated sites including hospitals)
  • Drug Screen - 10 panel screen
  • TB Skin Test (within past 12 months prior to June 1 start)
  • Signed HIPAA/Privacy/Confidential Form
  • Signed Professional and Personal Conduct Form

The application process begins early July for each application year cycle for students to begin MSAT coursework the following Summer. The table below outlines the deadlines for specific information required for a complete application folder.

Application Materials Deadline
ATCAS Application January 3
LSU Graduate School Application (students must first start the ATCAS application to receive email instructions/invitation for the LSU Graduate School application) January 3
Letters of Recommendation (submitted through ATCAS) January 3
Official Transcripts for ALL schools attended (submitted through ATCAS)

December 22

LSU MSAT specific (required) documents/materials (submitted through ATCAS)

January 3

LSU Graduate School application fee

January 3

GRE Scores* (sent directly to ATCAS)

January 3

*see Admission Scoring below for details on GRE waiver opportunities.

The only materials that are permitted to be pending/in-progress after the January 3 deadline are:

  • Any remaining Prerequisite Courses; the remaining prerequisite course(s) must be satisfactorily completed no later than the end of the Spring semester/term.
  • Completion of observation hours impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; any applicant who has been unable to complete the 75 observation requirement due to COVID-19 must request a waiver to complete the hours after the January 3 deadline.

Louisiana Residency

The LSU Graduate School determines eligibility for classification as a Louisiana resident based on LSU System regulations and evidence provided on the application for admission and related documents. Regulations relate primarily to location of the home and place of employment. Louisiana applicants must meet all residence requirements, as stated in University regulations. 

A resident student is defined as one who has abandoned all prior domiciles and lived in the state of Louisiana continuously for at least one full year (365 days) immediately preceding the first day of classes of the terms for which classification as a resident is sought.

Individuals living within this state for one year must be able to prove there was intent to maintain a residence in Louisiana. Residing in Louisiana solely for education purposes without evidence of the intent to remain in Louisiana will not be sufficient for classification as a resident, regardless of the length of time within the state.

Examples of intent include: 

  • Financial independence from parents residing in another state or country;
  • Reliance on Louisiana resources for financial support;
  • Continuous presence in Louisiana during periods when not enrolled as a student;
  • Commitments indicating an intent to stay in Louisiana permanently;
  • Paying Louisiana income taxes as a resident during the past tax year; and 
  • The absence of these indicators in other states during any period in which domicile in Louisiana is asserted.

Special provisions have been made for adults moving to Louisiana for employment purposes, military personnel stationed in Louisiana, and international students with immigrant visas. An international student on a student visa is classified as a nonresident. Resident classification and all fees are audited and adjusted, if necessary, after each registration. Appropriate credits or charges are then made to the student's account. The determination of residency status for MSAT applications is made by the LSU Graduate School. For additional information concerning the establishment of residency, contact the LSU Graduate School at

Out-of-State Residency

Applicants who do not meet the Louisiana residency classification above are considered an out-of-state resident. If made an offer of admission, one cannot defer acceptance for purposes of establishing in-state residency.

Reapplication and readmission as a Louisiana resident would be required during a future application cycle.

Applicants are required to submit a list of all courses (past, in-progress, or future) to be considered as meeting Prerequisites for the LSU MSAT: 

Prerequisite Review Form:

  • Step 1 - Submit your courses for review
    • Note: you will receive an email immediately after submission; this is only a confirmation of the information you submitted, not the review.
  • Step 2 - You will receive an official electronic review in 1-3 business days.
    • For prerequisite courses that have different titles, credit hours, etc., the LSU Athletic Training Program will review the applicant's comparable academic course(s) to determine if the coursework fulfills the prerequisite.
  • Step 3 - Return to your ATCAS profile.
  • Step 4 - Upload your official LSU prerequisite review into "Catalog Course Descriptions" section.

Prerequisite Coursework

  • Two semesters Biology (no lab required)
  • One semester Chemistry (no lab required)
  • One semester Physics (no lab required)
  • Two semesters Anatomy and Physiology or equivalent with lab
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • General Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition
  • Medical Terminology
  • Personal Health and Wellness
Prerequisite Course Min. Semester Credits Description/Comments LSU Course Equivalent(s)
Biology 6 Two semesters (no lab required); May have been taken as general biology courses, biology for science majors, honors-level biology courses, or any combination BIOL 1201 or equivalent; BIOL 1202 or equivalent
Biomechanics 3 Anatomical and mechanical analysis of human movement; emphasis on structure and function of bone and muscle, statics, dynamics, kinematics, kinetics, and projectile motion. KIN 3514 or equivalent
Chemistry 3 No lab required; Modern chemical theories and principles; quantitative approach and problem solving; descriptive chemistry of selected elements and compounds. CHEM 1201or equivalent
Exercise Physiology 3 Basic physiological concepts of the muscular, metabolic, cardiovascular, and circulo-respiratory systems; behavior of each system in relation to exercise; determination of normal and abnormal physical responses to exercise. KIN 3515 or equivalent
Human Anatomy & Physiology 8 Some institutions offer human anatomy and physiology with labs as a combined course thus two semesters are required; other institutions offer human anatomy and human physiology as separate courses, thus both courses are required as well as labs. KIN 2500 and BIOL 2160 or equivalents PLUS two (2) physiology/anatomy lab credits consisting of: KIN 3500 (1) and another 1 credit BIOL lab; KIN 3519 -- Human Anatomy Prosection (1) and another 1 credit BIOL lab; or KIN 4519 -- Cadaver Dissection (3 credit)
Medical Terminology 3 In-depth introduction to medical terminology, with a focus on body systems, medical specialities and medical communication.  KIN 2509 or equivalent
Nutrition 3 Principles of nutrition and their application in promoting health; guidelines for assessing nutritional status; emphasis on the adult NSF 1110 or equivalent
Personal Health & Wellness 3 Content and theory related to basic health information; critical health issues; economic, political, and cultural influences on health and wellness; improving and maintaining optimal health and wellness KIN 1600 or equivalent
Physics 3 No lab required; May have been taken as a general physics course, physics for science majors, honors-level physics courses. PHYS 2001 or equivalent
Psychology (General) 3 Understanding, prediction and control of human behavior. May have been taken as a general psychology course, or honors-level psychology course. PSYC 2000 or equivalent
Statistics 3 Descriptive statistics; inferential statistical methods including confidence interval estimation and hypothesis testing for one and two population means and proportions; one-way ANOVA; simple linear regression and correlation; analysis of categorical data. EXST 2201, SOCL 2201, or equivalent

Candidate Materials are evaluated on two areas:

Evaluation Areas Points (out of 100) % of Overall Score
Objective Components (65%) - without optional GRE score    
Prerequisite Course GPA 35 35%
Last 60 Credit Hours GPA 30 30%
GRE Score (verbal + quantitative); GRE score may be waived. See below.* 5*  5%*
Subjective/Holistic Components (35%)    
Folder Review 15 15%
Interview Scores 10 10%
Admissions Committee Holistic Review 10 10%
TOTALS >> 100 100%

*GRE is not required for any student who has above a 3.2 GPA Last 60 Hours and 3.2 GPA prerequisite coursework. However, students with 3.2 GPA or above can submit GRE report to enhance Admission Score.

Objective Evaluation
The objective evaluation is based on scholastic achievement and standardized test scores. All official transcripts of college course grades are examined to determine scholastic achievement. 
The total objective evaluation is derived from: 
  • Prerequisite Course GPA
  • Last 60 Credit Hours GPA
  • GRE Score* (verbal + quantitative)
    • *GRE is not required for any student who has above a 3.2 GPA Last 60 Hours and 3.2 GPA prerequisite coursework. However, students with 3.2 GPA or above can submit GRE report to enhance Admission Score. 

GPA Calculations

Only coursework completed and verified by ATCAS at the time of application will be used in calculating GPAs for admission evaluation. 

Note - An applicant's overall/cumulative GPA is not used in the objective evaluation area - only the Prerequisite GPA and the LAST 60 Credit House GPA as described below.

Prerequisite Course GPA

A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 ("A" = 4.00) in these courses is recommended for consideration for admission. It is desired that all prerequisite coursework be passed with a "B-" grade or better. (A "D-" is still considered an acceptable passing grade.) Course requirements are not waived in lieu of work experience and/or earned degrees. Credit earned through advanced standing is acceptable but is not used in the computation of the grade-point average. Credit is not granted for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examinations. Granting of credit for CLEP subject examinations may be considered in those subjects recommended by various departments of the University upon receipt of test scores indicating the student meets the minimum acceptable scores required by those departments. 

COVID-19 Course Grading Considerations

In the Spring 2020 many universities made modifications to their course grading due to COVID-19 restrictions, providing the option to use and in some cases requiring students to take a "Pass/No Credit." Due to the rapid changes in course offerings, any applicant completing a prerequisite course during the Spring and/or Summer 2020 will be accepted as meeting the program's prerequisite course. Since there is no numeric grade equivalent for a "Pass/No Credit" course, the course will not be calculated into the overall Prerequisite Course GPA nor Last 60 Credit Hours GPA. Any prerequisite course completed after the Summer 2020 must be completed for a letter grade to be calculated into both the Prerequisite Course GPA and Last 60 Credit Hours GPA. The exception to this rule will be if the student was required by the institution to take the "Pass/No Credit" option for the grade; the student can provide official documentation from the institution that demonstrates the forced option in the Fall 2020 semester to have the course(s) counted toward the Prerequisite Course GPA without receiving a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F format).

Last 60 Credit Hours GPA

The Last Credit Hours GPA is computed by using the most recent 60-70 semester hours of course work. The entire last semester is included when calculating the Last 60 Credit Hour GPA. (If only 3 more credit hours are needed from one semester during which 18 credit hours were taken, all 18 credit hours would be factored into the Last 60 Credit hours GPA.) Any courses completed during the Spring and/or Summer 2020 semester as a "Pass/No Credit" option will be counted toward the credits completed but will not be reflected in the applicant's GPA.

Repeated Courses, Substitutions, etc.

Applicants may choose to retake a course to better master the subject at any point or to try to improve upon their Prerequisite Course GPA or Last 60 Credit Hour GPA. If a course that is more than six years old is retaken, the most recent grade will be used in calculating the Prerequisite Course GPA, otherwise the grades (and credit hours) from both courses are used when computing grade point averages. If a three-credit hour course is taken twice within the past six years, all six credits and both earned grades will be used. (For instance, for possible Summer 2021 matriculation, any course taken prior to the Spring '15 semester is considered outside of this six-year timeframe.) If a course substitution is approved by the Program Director, the course being used as the prerequisite will be calculated into the Prerequisite Course GPA. (NOTE - Course substitutions are on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.)

Due to COVID-19, the Athletic Training Program will accept courses in which the student obtained a "Pass/No Credit" option if the courses were completed during the Spring and/or Summer 2020 semesters. 

Quarter Hours vs. Semester Hours

Courses taken on a quarter term system do not have the same number of contact hours as similar courses on a semester term system; thus, credit hours earned from a school on a quarter system must be converted to semester hours. Typically, one quarter hour converts to a semester hour at 2/3 of its value, while one semester hour converts to one quarter hour at 3/2 of its value. The LSU Athletic Training Program uses the multiplier of 0.667 for this conversion - (Sem Hrs = Qtr Hrs * 0.667). Typically, applicants taking courses at a school on a quarter term must take three three-quarter hour courses to meet the full six semester credit hours of a two-course sequence. (For instance, General Physics, I, II, and III would have to be taken at a quarter term school to meet the six-semester hour requirement for General Physics I and II at LSU.)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

GRE scores are required* for admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training but are not required for admission to the LSU Graduate School. The MSAT utilizes the GRE's quantitative and verbal scores for the application scoring process. The MSAT uses a combined score of 290 as the minimum acceptable GRE score, however the program may accept applicants who receive a score below 290. 

Due to COVID-19, in-person administration of the GRE has been problematic for some applicants. While in-person testing was affected, the GRE is being offered through a virtual proctoring service. Therefore, the GRE scores are not being waived for applicants during the 2020-21 application cycle. GRE score must be completed and submitted prior to the application deadline posted on the MSAT's website. 

*GRE is not required for any student who has above a 3.2 GPA Last 60 Hours and 3.2 GPA prerequisite coursework. However, students with 3.2 GPA or above can submit GRE report to enhance Admission Score. 

Subjective/Holistic Evaluation

The subjective evaluation of applicants is based on non-academic qualifications considered relevant to the determination of the applicant's prospective performance in the athletic training curriculum and in the practice of athletic training. Motivation, maturity, attitude, interest, and other characteristics will be evaluated for all qualified candidates, along with work experience, familiarity with athletic training, and reference information submitted in support of the application.

These qualities are evaluated by the MSAT Admissions Committee. The panel reviews the supporting documents (personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, work experience, and familiarity with athletic training).

The panel also evaluates the individual through a personal interview if the Admissions Committee chooses to invite candidates to interview. These appraisals result in an average subjective score which is added to the objective score to produce the total numerical evaluation of the candidate. Through this process, the professional judgement of several program faculty is included in arriving at a final decision of recommended students for the new incoming class. The total subjective score is derived from: 

  • Folder Reviews - (15%)
  • Interviews - (10%)
  • Admissions Committee Holistic Assessment - (10%)

Folder Reviews

During folder reviews, the applicant's folder is carefully scrutinized, including the supporting documents such as the personal statement, letters of recommendation (eLORs), official transcripts, work experience, and familiarity with the athletic training profession. 

A selected panel of faculty members and outside professional practitioners review an applicant's folder, evaluating the following areas:

  • Letters of Recommendation and Personal Characteristics
  • Work Experience and Athletic Training Experience
  • Knowledge of Healthcare and Function of the Athletic Training Profession
  • Communication Skills (Quality of Written Statements)
  • Contribution to the Diversity of the Class
  • Transcript Assessments (Course Load, Withdrawals, Quality of Elective Courses, etc.)
  • Awards, Honors and Extracurricular Activities (Civic, Scholastic, Leadership, Military, Breadth of Interests)

The folder review scores are included in arriving at a final decision of recommended students for the new incoming class.


The MSAT Admissions Committee reserves the right to decide annually whether or not it will conduct applicant interviews on-campus or virtual (e.g. Zoom). Applicants will be notified before January 15 of their invitation to participate in the interview phases of the application process. 

Interviews feature a multi-member panel consisting of members of the MSAT Admissions Committee, LSU faculty or athletic training staff members, and professional practitioners. They will conduct a personal interview of the selected applicants, evaluating the following areas; 

  • Knowledge of the Profession (Economics, Opportunities, Trends, etc.)
  • Knowledge of the Human Body
  • Maturity / Motivation
  • Professional Image
  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Professional Ethics
  • Entrepreneurial / Business Knowledge
  • Awareness of Rigors & Stress of Curriculum
  • Work Ethic

The interview scores factor into selecting students for the new incoming class.

The MSAT Admissions Committee makes its final recommendation to the Athletic Training Program Director, who then submits the program's recommendations to the LSU Graduate School. In so doing, the Athletic Training Program Director consults a series of reports to summarily screen and approve the candidates recommended for admission and to identify additional holistically strong candidates that should also be offered admission. These reports include information applicants' grade point averages, test scores, experiences, overall admissions scores, and other factors highlighted in the application for admission. The LSU Graduate School makes all final decisions regarding admissions to the LSU Master of Science Athletic Training.