Master of Athletic Training

Program Overview

The Master of Athletic Training program provides students with theoretical knowledge and understanding of the profession of athletic training. The program blends classroom instruction and structured clinical experiences through a process that results in students gaining eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination upon graduation from Wesleyan. Students who graduate from the program and subsequently pass the national certification exam will be qualified to be employed as athletic trainers in secondary schools, in colleges and universities, for professional athletic teams, in sports medicine clinics, or in industrial preventive medicine clinics.

MAT Student Handbook

CAATE Program Information and Outcomes

  • 5-Year MAT
    • The 5-Year MAT is available to current WVWC Exercise Science majors. The coursework for both the undergraduate exercise science major and the MAT graduate program are carefully planned over a period of 5 years, allowing students to graduate with 2 degrees.
    • Students apply around the fall semester of Junior/3rd year at WVWC in the Exercise Science/5YR MAT major, as long as completion of required prerequisite coursework will be finished at the end of that academic year. Upon acceptance, students start taking MAT classes (fall semester, Senior/4th year at WVWC) while finishing the final required credits of undergraduate coursework in Exercise Science, completing all by the end of the 5th year.
    • 5-Year MAT students are not eligible for GA positions because you are taking undergraduate courses and graduate courses at the same time.
  • Traditional MAT
    • We offer a traditional MAT for those who have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
    • WV Wesleyan offers Graduate Assistant (GA) positions for Traditional MAT students who are officially accepted into the program. However, class and clinical experience hours must be in consideration and a priority when planning work schedules for the GA position. You can expect to have 20-30 clinical experiences hours per week during the semester. 
    • Tuition, housing, meal plan, and a stipend are provided to the GA. More information on open GA positions are posted on our “Jobs” link on the Wesleyan website.





Tuition (per credit):




Graduation Fee: $150



Additional Fees*:







  • *Additional Fees

    *Additional fees associated with the MAT program are: uniform and supplies requirements, ATrack subscription to log clinical hours (Annual or Lifetime), CPR certification (biannually), Student is responsible for transportation to/from clinical sites (annually), National, District, and State AT Association student membership (annually), BOC prep exams/workshops (final year in program). Fundraising through the AT Student Club and other events throughout the year may reduce some of these costs. Students may also incur additional expenses with their certain off campus clinical sites; such expenses could include but are not limited to, housing, transportation, or board.

Tuition Comparrison

WV Wesleyan College: $455
Marshall University: $535.75
Wheeling University: $550
West Virginia University: $729

When comparing the cost per credit hour, the WVWC MAT is one of the most affordable in West Virginia.



The Masters of Athletic Training Program at West Virginia Wesleyan College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006.

MSAT 24'

Easton Perry

Easton is from Ripley, West Virginia, and will graduate in May of 2024 with a Master of Science in Athletic Training. He will be serving as a Graduate Assistant in charge of the Outdoor Recreation program at Wesleyan during the completion of his master’s degree.
MAT 24'

Kevon Francis Charles

Kevon is a current Graduate Assistant of Residence life at WVWC. His goal is to work with professional sporting teams as well as in a sport medicine clinic or hospital setting.
5-Year 23'

Hannah Hudson

While at Wesleyan, I played softball for 5 years, was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was an Exercise Science tutor. I am studying to take my Board of Certification exam and am hoping to soon begin my career as an athletic trainer in a collegiate setting.
MSAT 24'

Courtney Wilfong

Courtney was a member of the Bobcat women’s basketball team where she was a team captain her junior and senior year. After she graduates with her master’s degree, she intends to be a certified Athletic Trainer at the secondary or collegiate level.


 Cost:    Need:    Total:
Tuition (per credit):                 $455     36* $16,380
Graduation Fee:                       $150      1 $150
Total:                    $16,530

MSAT Program Overview

West Virginia Wesleyan College offers the Master of Science degree in Athletic Training to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and understanding of the profession of athletic training beyond that of the entry level program and to enhance the quality of health care services for the physically active through the development of advanced clinicians.

  • 12-month, 36 credit hour curriculum that blends classroom instruction and real clinical, practical experiences. 
  • Each fall and spring semester includes a clinical practicum in which graduate students will be placed in various clinical placements (college athletics, high school athletics, junior high athletics, etc.). 
  • Students will be required to complete a thesis or research project to fulfill degree requirements. 
  • This master’s degree is designed for time efficiency so that graduates from any CAATE accredited curriculum can obtain an advanced degree in one calendar year. 
  • In addition, graduates can earn nationally recognized certifications as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT-B) through an optional course.

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  • Application Process

    Applications for admission to the MAT or MSAT program are invited from qualified applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or are completing the 5-Year EXSC/MAT option at WVWC. Applicants should complete the application form and send any required materials to the Graduate Admissions Office, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 59 College Avenue, Buckhannon, WV 26201. Applicants must have:

    2. A current resume showing relevant work or other experience
    3. Two completed RECOMMENDATION FORMS or letters; preferably, one from a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and one from a professional reference or professor
    4. *MAT: Official bachelor’s degree transcripts from an accredited institution showing the completion of the following prerequisites and an earned degree: 
      • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
      • No grade below C (2.0) and prerequisite GPA of 2.75 or higher
        • Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 hours with lab)
        • Chemistry (4 hours with lab required/8 hours with lab preferred)
        • Physics (light/electricity preferred, 4 hours with lab)
        • Biology (Principles or Microbiology preferred, 4 hours with lab)
        • Statistics (3 hours)
        • General Psychology (3 hours)
        • First Aid & Safety (3 hours)
        • Human Nutrition (3 hours)
        • Exercise Physiology (3 hours)
        • Kinesiology (3 hours)
          **MSAT: Official bachelor’s degree transcripts from a CAATE accredited program:
    5. *MAT: Read and sign the “Technical Standards for Admission” form and upload to the application
    6. Official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (5YMAT WVWC applicants, not required)
    7. If you are a non-native English-speaking international student, you must also provide an official report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (5Y MAT WVWC applicants, not required)


    Applicants satisfying the minimum standards of application will be invited for an interview with the MAT or MSAT Admissions Committee. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status within 2 weeks of their interview.

  • What to do after Acceptance

    If the student accepts the program invitation for entry into the program, the applicant will be required to submit additional items to the MAT or MSAT Program Director before starting the program in the fall semester:

    • *MAT: Physical examination completed within the last 12 months
    • *MAT: Hepatitis B immunization record
    • *MAT: Read and sign “Hepatitis B Immunization Informed Consent/Refusal Form
    • *MAT:Submit documentation of National Athletic Trainers’ Association student membership and maintain this membership throughout the time in the program (
    • *MAT: Completed and signed Directed Observation Experiences Form, 50 hours of observation required, in two different AT settings preferred. Must be completed under supervision of a board certified and licensed athletic trainer.(Observation hours do not have to be completely finished to apply, but need to be completed prior to program start). 
    • *MAT: Complete ATrack Subscription application
    • *Both: Submit documentation of current CPR/AED Certification (American Heart Association or American Red Cross (BLS Provider or Professional Rescuer)
    • *Both: Criminal Background Check (NOTE: information on completing these requirements and associated costs will be sent to candidates if accepted)
    • *Both: Complete Universal Precautions Bloodborne Pathogen Training prior to start (NOTE: information on completing these requirements will be sent directly to the candidates if accepted)

    The MAT/MSAT Admission Committee reviews applications on an ongoing basis; January 15th is the priority deadline for full consideration. However, the program does have a rolling admissions process for applications submitted after this date until late summer before fall semester starts.

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