Master of Athletic Training

Become a certified athletic trainer

UNI's athletic training degree program has a strong legacy of student success. The first accredited program in Iowa to offer the Master of Athletic Training (MATR) towards professional certification, this program prepares you to excel in a career where you can make significant contributions as a health care professional. This degree offers:

  • Highly effective hands-on learning environments: Four athletic training clinics, hydrotherapy room, research laboratory, UNI’s only cadaver lab and specially equipped classrooms
  • Clinical experiences with athletic trainers and licensed health care professionals on and off campus
  • A student-to-faculty ratio and close instructional relationships with faculty and staff that enhance your learning experience. 

You can enter this nationally accredited program with an approved bachelor's degree, or complete UNI’s new 3+2 blended program which leads to both your BA and MATR in five years. 

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Graduates going on to secure positions in the past three years


Job Growth

Job potential well above other occupations over the next decade

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Ongoing CAATE recognition of quality with successful outcomes

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Kelli Snyder, Ph.D.

Masters of Athletic Training Program Coordinator
(319) 273-7401

Career Opportunities

With the master’s in athletic training, you are prepared to take the national exam for certification for a career in demand. With a better than average job growth expected, you will fill needs as a certified athletic trainer in positions in various settings, including:

  • School districts, colleges and universities
  • Professional teams (NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.) 
  • Fitness and wellness organizations, small and large
  • Medical groups, clinics, occupational health, hospitals and health systems
  • Military
  • Public safety 
  • Performing arts
  • Independent practice 

Courses & Curriculum

Your coursework includes a rigorous set of classes as well as clinical experiences which are a required part of the curriculum. A sampling of courses: 

  • Advanced Acute Care in Athletic Training
  • Orthopedic Injury Assessment
  • Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury 
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • General Medical Conditions
  • Preventative Health Techniques
  • Administration and Professional Development
  • Advanced Rehabilitation 
  • Mental Health Care in Athletic Training Practice
  • Gross Anatomy

Nationally Accredited

UNI's Master of Athletic Training program is accredited by the CAATE and will have its next comprehensive review during the 2025-2026 academic year. CAATE is located at 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North Washington, DC 20006. 

CAATE accredited

Next Steps

Requirements for Admission

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • 2.75 is the minimum GPA to be accepted without provision; applicants with a GPA lower than 2.75 may still be admitted provisionally, at the discretion of the program and the Graduate College
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 50 hours of athletic training observation experience
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher
  • Technical standards form
  • Criminal background check.

Applications due by April 1st for full consideration for the Summer semester.

Pathways of Study


Traditional Pathway


Complete 4 years of
undergraduate education at UNI (120 credits):

  • UNIFI (general education credits)
  • Major of your choice (Kinesiology with Pre-Athletic Training emphasis, Biology or other) 
  • Master of Athletic Training prerequisites


Complete 2 years of graduate education.


Blended Degree


Complete 3 years of
undergraduate education at UNI (97 credits):

  • UNIFI (general education credits)
  • Major in Kinesiology with Pre-Athletic Training emphasis
  • Master of Athletic Training prerequisites


Complete 2 years of graduate education (54 credits).


BIOL 2052 - General Biology: Cell Structure & Function (or equivalent)
BIOL 3101 - Anatomy & Physiology I (or equivalent)
BIOL 3102 - Anatomy & Physiology II (or equivalent)
CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I (or equivalent)
PHYSICS 1511 - General Physics I (or equivalent)
STAT 1772 - Introduction to Statistical Methods (or equivalent)
PSYCH 1001 - Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent)