Two New Graduate Paths Launched in Athletic Training

Anthony Proia, Director of Media Relations

Marist now offers a new and fully accredited master of science in athletic training (MSAT) degree. Two options are available for students pursuing a graduate degree. There is a standalone two-year MSAT program and an accelerated, combined five-year dual degree program that results in students earning both the bachelor of science in biology and the MSAT. These paths aim to equip students with a strong scientific foundation and extensive practical experience necessary to become certified athletic trainers.

After completing the MSAT program, graduates will have the opportunity to take the national certification examination administered by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC), leading to ultimate certification as athletic trainers by the BOC and eligibility for state licensure.


Athletic training students will gain hands-on experience in traditional and non-traditional settings. As part of the program, students are able to work an immersive setting either on campus, or at other local colleges/universities, at local high schools and prep schools.

“We have developed a curriculum that includes a very extensive clinical education component, with 20 weeks of fully immersive clinical education where students continue to learn and become proficient while working with a variety of patient populations,” said Michael Powers, Director of the Athletic Training Education Program. “This sets us apart from many other programs.”

Completion of the program opens up employment opportunities, equipping graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in entry-level positions. Graduates can explore various settings, including high schools, colleges, and universities, as well as professional sports organizations, hospitals, and medical clinics. Additionally, there are prospects in performing arts, military, corporate, and industrial environments.

This program holds accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and is registered with the New York State Education Department as a degree program that qualifies for licensure.

Click here to apply or learn more about the MSAT program.

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