Masters of Athletic Training Admissions Requirements | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

MAT Admissions Information

The MAT program begins in late May of each year. Please visit the link below for deadline information. The online application and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as early as possible.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Online Application

    Applicants for the Master of Athletic Training Program must complete the TTUHSC SHP online application.


  2. Application Fee

    The $75 Application Fee can be paid through the online application by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order by selecting the "Money Order" option; mail a check or money order to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (3601 4th Street MS 6294, Lubbock, TX 79430). Please make checks and money orders payable to "TTUHSC." Your application will not be considered for admission until your fee has been paid.

  3. Official Transcripts

    The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs must receive a current, official transcript from every institution that you've attended. If you have attended TTU or TTUHSC, you only need to send official transcripts from the other institutions you've attended. Electronic transcripts are preferred and should be sent to health.professions@ttuhsc.edu. Hard copies of official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution. Please send all hard copies of official transcripts to the following address:

    TTUHSC SHP Admissions and Student Affairs
    3601 4th Street MS 6294
    Lubbock, TX 79430

    Foreign Transcripts: International applicants who have taken any courses outside of the U.S. must have a foreign transcript evaluation from a foreign transcript evaluation agency. We do not madate evaluations come from a certain company; however, they must be a course by course evaluation.

    Foreign transcript evaluations must be official, coming directly from the evaluation agency.

    If multiple Institutions outside of the U.S. have been attended; the evaluation must include all institutions attended.

    Foreign transcript evaluations should be submitted to:

    TTUHSC School of Health Professions
    3601 4th Street MS 6294
    Lubbock, TX 79430

  4. Official GRE Scores

    The GRE is not required for the MAT program.

  5. Bachelor's Degree

    A Bachelor's Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific prerequisite courses listed in Section 8.

  6. Minimum GPA

    minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.7 is required to be considered for admission. A grade of "C" or better is required in all prerequisite courses.

  7. Essay

    Applicatnts must complete an essay within the online application. The essay should include a self-introduction and an explanation of the applicant's interest in the Master of Athletic Training program. Included should be a discussion of how the MAT program can help the applicant reach his/her personal goals. 

  8. Observation Experience

    Applicants must have completed a minimum of 50 observation hours of athletic training experience. Post-high school experience can be gained through volunteer work, observation or paid employment with an ATC or LAT. When filling out the application, you will list your athletic training experience hours. There is not a specific, printable form to submit; we suggest tracking your hours on a personal spreadsheet.

  9. Prerequisite Coursework

    All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation. If prerequisite courses have not been completed in the last seven years, program director approval for acceptance of courses may be required. AP and CLEP credit will not be accepted for any science prerequisite course.


    Prerequisite Coursework for students starting May 2020
    Course Designation Credit Hours
    Human Anatomy (or A&P I) 3-4 hours
    Human Physiology (or A&P II) 3-4 hours
    Exercise Physiology 3 hours
    Biomechanics/Kinesiology 3 hours
    Nutrition 3 hours
    Statistics (1 course to include descriptive statistics, correlation, and introduction to inferential statistics or research design) 3 hours
    Biology with lab 3-4 hours required (2 semester sequence with lab is recommended)
    Chemistry with lab 3-4 hours required (2 semester sequence with lab is recommended)
    Physics wtih lab 3-4 hours required (2 semester sequence with lab is recommended)
    General Psychology 3 hours

    Recommended Course: Technical Writing

  10. Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation are required for an application to be complete. Letters of recommendation are submitted online through the SHP Application. A recommender's name and email address will be required. Your recommender will receive an email with a link to our recommendation form for them to submit electronically.

  11. International Applicants

    All foreign coursework must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Service. We also require TOEFL/IELTS Scores for any applicant for whom English is their second language (scores are considered on a case by case basis). Please refer to our International Applicants webpage for more information and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions.

  12. Transfer Credits

    An applicant who wishes to transfer to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program from another entry-level master’s degree program must meet the TTUHSC MAT program’s admissions criteria and be subjected to the same admissions process as a traditional applicant. The TTUHSC MAT Program does not typically accept transfer credits from other athletic training or professional programs for credit within the TTUHSC MAT program. Cases of unique and extreme circumstances outside of the student's control (e.g., natural disaster forcing relocation, etc.) are reviewed by the program director on a case by case basis. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions.

Application Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis for acceptance into the professional program. Individual applications are reviewed once materials have been received; therefore, it is in the applicant's best interest to complete their application, including submission of required documentation, as early as possible. Fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who meet the above listed requirements and are deemed competitive candidates for admission will be invited to TTUHSC for an interview. The admissions committee selects the most qualified applicants for admission by considering the following: cumulative GPA, prerequisite science GPA, interview scores, student essay, and other factors.

Interviews

Admission interviews are granted by the MAT admissions committee by invitation only. Invitations to interview are based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting documents.

Application Submission Checklist

  1. TTUHSC SHP Online Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Letters of Recommendation - Two required
  4. Observation Experience

Essential Functions/Technical Standards

A student admitted into the Athletic Training program must meet essential functions/technical standards that are necessary to be able to obtain employment. These are established minimum physical and mental guidelines necessary for the MAT program. Prior to matriculation, all students must submit verification of their ability to perform at or above the minimum physical and mental guidelines established by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. A list of the essential functions for the MAT program can be found in the MAT section of the School of Health Professions catalog or obtained from the MAT program director. Please familiarize yourself with the essential functions document.

Expenses

In addition to tuition and fees, additional expenses (i.e. travel, clothing, Criminal Background Check, etc.) associated with the program and clinical experiences are the responsibility of the student. An estimated cost of tuition and fees is available on the SHP website and in the SHP Catalog.

A list of expenses that may be incurred by the student include: (this list may not be complete)

Expenses
Item Cost Description
Criminal Background $51 base rate. Cost increases based on number and location places lived. All SHP students are required to undergo a criminal background check, from the TTUHSC School of Health Professions Approved provider, prior to matriculation.
Immunizations Varies Required immunizations are the responsibility of the student, but a discount price is available through the TTUHSC Family Medicine clinic. A list of the TTUHSC SHP Immunization Requirements are available on the website.
Textbooks Varies See the MAT textbook tab on the website for a list of required and recommended textbooks with estimated cost.
Instructional Assessment Fee $300 per semester  
Laptop Computer Varies A laptop computer is required for the MAT program (minimum specifications are available in the SHP Catalog at SHP Admissions.
Clothing $150-$300 over 2 years MAT program clothing is available from the Athletic Training Student Association. Polo shirts (two required for clinicals),  two shirts and one pair of shorts (for lab), and other items will be available for purchase.
Travel to/from clinical site Varies The cost varies based on location of clinical site and price of gasoline. Students are paired and carpooling is encouraged. Unless requested by the student, no more than one (1) clinical site will require significant driving by the student. The average distance to clinical sites is 18 miles. (range 0-73 miles).
Lubbock Cost of Living Varies The United States Census Bureau website has information about cost of living in Lubbock, TX.


Contact Information

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. Please contact our office by phone at 806-743-3220 or email at health.professions@ttuhsc.edu.