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 MAT program must complete both the ATCAS Application and your personalized SHP supplemental application.

    Step one:

    Start and Complete the ATCAS Application.

    Step two:

    • You will receive an email from SHP Application Systems within two business days of submitting your CAS application, with your login information, to complete your personalized Athletic Training SHP supplemental application.
    • You must wait to receive this email before beginning your supplemental application. Do not go to the TTUHSC SHP website and attempt to access your supplemental application. The “start your application link” on the TTUHSC SHP website does not link to your personalized application. 
    • If you did not receive your email, please check your junk email folder. 
    • Please contact our Application Team with any questions at 806-743-3220 or
  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. The application fee is non-refundable.

  3. Official Transcripts

    Paper Transcripts:
    Transcripts must be in an official sealed envelope by the institution and sent to our mailing address:

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

    Email PDF Transcripts:
    Applicants must submit official electronic transcripts directly from the institution or third-party processing center to

    • Applicants must submit official transcripts of college coursework from all colleges attended, utilizing one of the options above. The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is separate from Texas Tech University. Do not send transcripts to Texas Tech University, as this will delay the processing of your application.
    • Please note, official transcripts from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are not required. Official transcripts from Texas Tech University are required.
    • Transcripts from any international college or university must have an official course-by-course evaluation from a Foreign Transcript Evaluation Service.
    • The applicant's responsibility is to ensure all required application materials, including updated transcripts, are submitted before the application deadline for each program.
  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

    Applicants 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
    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 with 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

    If you are not a citizen/permanent resident of the United States, please refer to our International Applicants webpage for the additional requirements needed for your application.

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.


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.


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)

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