How to Apply for the Athletic Training (MS) Program

2021-2022 Admissions Information

Application Cycle

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from June 30, 2021, through April 1, 2022. It is recommended that applicants submit their application on or before December 1, 2021. Competitive candidates will be invited to interview with one or more members of the Athletic Training faculty.  All admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Please contact Andrea Lybarger at with any questions regarding the application process.

How to Apply

Apply through ATCAS -

Official College and University Transcripts

Official transcripts from every institution you have attended should be submitted directly to ATCAS

Clinical Experience

It is recommended that you have 50 hours of work, volunteer or observation experience completed at the time you submit your application. These hours must be completed under the supervision of a current practicing certified athletic trainer (registered or licensed, depending on individual state requirements). The Admissions Committee encourages seeking volunteer or observation experience in a variety of settings. For example, certified athletic trainers may be employed in high schools, in colleges or universities, by professional teams, in hospitals or clinics, by performing arts groups, by the military, or in occupational/industrial settings.



Two letters of reference must be submitted directly to ATCAS. It is preferred that at least one reference is from a certified athletic trainer with whom you have worked, volunteered, or observed. If possible, the other evaluation should be from an athletic trainer, college faculty member, or supervisor/employer within a healthcare setting.

GRE Scores

GRE scores are not required or evaluated for the Pacific University Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

Virtual Interview

After an initial application review by the Admissions Committee, the most competitive applicants are invited for a virtual interview on a rolling basis. The interview is required and is a contributing factor in the admission decision. Consideration is given to candidates’ knowledge of the profession, motivation toward a career as an athletic trainer, ability to think clearly and logically, self-confidence, and verbal expression of ideas.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the athletic training program. All students whose first language is not English must meet the English language proficiency requirement before starting the program if admitted. This requirement applies to all applicants, including resident aliens and citizens. Requiring valid proof of English language proficiency is an admissions requirement of the athletic training program; thus, only the program can approve exceptions.

Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pacific Institutional TOEFL, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam
  • Test scores are valid for two (2) years after the test date
  • Test scores more than two (2) years old will be considered if the score exceeded the minimum requirement and you have maintained continuous residency in a country where English is the official primary language since the exam date
  • Completion of a bachelor's, master, doctoral, or professional degree at a regionally accredited college or university where English is the primary language of instruction. Individuals who are in the process of earning a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution where English is the primary language of instruction can be admitted.

Minimum Test Score Requirements







600 overall

Minimum per section:

54-55 reading

55 listening

55 structure/written expression

250 overall

Minimum per section:

21 reading

22 listening

22 structure/writing

100 overall

minimum per section:

20 reading

21 listening

22 writing

22 speaking

7.0 overall

Minimum sub scores per section:


Invalid Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • Test score less than Pacific University's minimum requirement
  • Test score more than two years old (unless the score exceeded the minimum requirement and you have maintained continuous residency in a country where English is the official primary language since the exam date.)
  • Institutional TOEFL scores from any school except Pacific University
  • Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at any school
  • Completion of English, writing or literature courses at any college or university
  • An associate's degree from a community college in the United States

AT Applicant Scholarship

Located on the NCAA website is a scholarship for students that intend on applying to an athletic training program.

Contact Us

Andrea Lybarger | Senior Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions
503-352-7217 |