School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

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The MS in Athletic Training (MSAT) provides students with personalized, high-quality experiential learning opportunities, both regionally and globally.

This cohort driven, full-time, entry-level professional program prepares students to successfully pass the athletic training Board of Certification (BOC) examination required for practicing athletic trainers.

Admission Criteria

    • Completed Application for Graduate Study
    • GRE with scores of 145 on each section is preferred (must be within 5 years)
    • Personal goals statement (up to 500 words), covering the following items: academic and occupational background, the development of your interest in athletic training, reasons for wanting to enter this program, qualities  you possess which will enhance functioning as an athletic training, career objective(s)
    • Two recommendations from professional references
    • Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR/AED) Certification at the level of a Healthcare Professional
    • Grade of C or better in the following courses 
      • Anatomy and Physiology 6-8 credits
      • Exercise Physiology 3 credits
      • Research Methods 3 credits
      • Basic Nutrition 3 credits
      • Medical Terminology 3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence for MSAT*

Downloadable Advising Plan

Summer 2017 (on-line June/July; face-to-face August)

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Summer A 2018

Summer C 2018

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Eligible to take the Athletic Training Board of Certification Exam (AT BOC)

Total: 65 credits


  • Practicum courses require a clinical education field experience component.
  • Students will engage in coursework during the summers of their academic program.
  • The MSAT requires a grade of B- or higher in all ATEP required coursework, and maintenance of current Health Care Provider Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) and First Aid certifications. 
Graduate BOC Pass RatePending*
Number of students graduating from program.  
Number of students graduating from program who took examination.  
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.  
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.  
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.  
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.  

*CAATE accreditation is pending and is expected Spring 2018, BOC examination data will be recorded at that time.

George Mason University is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2017. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.