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The Master of Science Degree in Sports Medicine (MScSM) Athletic Training Track provides the coursework and practical experience necessary to obtain advanced knowledge and skills in the discipline of Sports Medicine. The degree specifically offers the opportunity for those who are Certified Athletic Trainers (BOC) to build upon their theoretical and clinical competencies beyond those gained at the undergraduate level. The program knowledge and practical experience allows the student to further develop theoretical knowledge and clinical skills, increase their ability to critically evaluate current sports medicine related literature, and obtain the ability to conduct clinically relevant sports medicine research.  Opportunities are available to gain experience within the University Intercollegiate Athletic Programs, Secondary School Interscholastic Settings, and Sports Medicine/Physical Therapy Clinics.

Completion of this degree program DOES NOT make a student eligible to sit for the Board of Certification for athletic training examination.

For information on becoming an Athletic Trainer, go to .

Program Objectives

  • Expand critical thinking and independent decision making in professional practice
  • Develop leadership skills for the athletic trainer
  • Promote the synthesis of sports medicine related literature
  • Integrate theory and research into practice
  • Foster scholarly and research activities
  • Develop exemplary athletic training/sports medicine professionals
  • Provide culturally sensitive care to diverse populations

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines:

Priority Application: All materials received by January 31st
This deadline is for students seeking graduate assistantships as an athletic trainer or research assistant. GA athletic trainers must also meet the January 31st deadline for application for GA positions as posted at the appropriate time on the NATA career center. Offer of graduate assistantship is not guaranteed.

Final admission deadline is June 1.

Admission to the program is competitive based on controlled enrollment. Applicants meeting the priority enrollment deadline will be given preference for available seats in the program. Remaining applicants meeting the final admission deadline will be awarded admission based on availability of seats.
This deadline is for students not seeking graduate assistantships or for students wishing to fill a GA position still available, if any.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university
  • BOC for athletic training certified (ATC) or eligible by semester of admission
    • or equivalent certification, for example: Canadian Certified Athletic Therapist
  • Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Undergraduate Major GPA of 3/0 or above
  • Apply online and supply the following documentation
    • Signed in-state tuition form
    • 3 letters of reference
    • Selective service form (if applicable)
    • Submit one official transcript from degree-granting institution. Additional transcripts may be required to verify prerequisites or major coursework.
    • Application fee of $60.00
  • **Old GRE: Completion of GRE with a recommended minimum score of 900 combined on math and verbal; analytical writing recommended minimum score of 4. Scores must be submitted to UCCS.
    **Revised GRE (taken after Aug 1, 2011): Completion of GRE with a recommended minimum score of 290 combined on math and verbal. Analytical writing recommended minimum score of 4. Scores must be submitted to UCCS. UCCS institution code: 4874
  • Completion of at least 6 hrs of Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory
  • Completion of Nutrition I or comparable course (UCCS course HSCI 207)
  • Recommended:
    • Completion of undergraduate inferential statistics such as HSCI 206

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

  • Athletic training graduate assistantships are available at both the collegiate and high school levels within the area (1 hr radius).
  • Students wishing to pursue a GA position should apply for positions as instructed by the announcements on the NATA Career Center Web site.
    • Postings will be available in early winter.
  • A student must have applied to and be accepted into the MSc in Sports Medicine program before being offered a GA position.
  • Deadlines for program application and GA application are the same.

Tuition Assistance

  • General Scholarship Information
  • Non-Resident Scholarships
  • Assistantships –Limited teaching assistantships are available through the Health Sciences Department. Potential activity courses include: Pilates; Yoga; Kickboxing; Strength Band Training; Zumba; Weightlifting; Hike, Walk, Jog for Fitness; and Boot Camp Toning & Conditioning. Lecture courses include sections of Personal Fitness and Wellness.
    • Please provide a brief summary of your background, experience and interest that would assist in our consideration of your request for these assistantships.

Contact Persons


Steven Miller
Admissions Credentials Examiner
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway

International Admission Contact
Wang Chao MBA, PDSO/RO
International Student and Scholar Services Specialist
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway


Dr. Amanda (Mandi) Elder
Program Director
Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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