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Apply to Our Program

The application process for the UNCW Master of Science in Athletic Training consists of two steps, application through ATCAS (the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service) and application to the UNCW Graduate School. These two steps are outlined below.

Application Process

Step 1


Create an account in ATCAS and follow the directions to complete the application.

ATCAS Application

Official Transcripts

Submit transcript verification of completion of a bachelor’s degree and completion of the prerequisite courses to ATCAS using the Transcript Request Form. If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree or all prerequisite courses at the time you apply, you will be able to submit final verification later. Transcripts should be mailed to:

P.O. Box 9132
Watertown, MA 02471

Recommendation Letters

Three letters of recommendation are required. You can request the letters via the ATCAS system.

Personal Statement

Complete the personal statement describing prior experiences, accomplishments, and career goals using the prompt on the ATCAS application.

Observation Sheet (PDF)

Step 2

Click the button below to submit a UNCW Graduate online application.

Note: The UNCW Master of Science in Athletic Training can be found on the Graduate Application within Summer II.


Process for Student Selection to the Program

Upon receipt of completed applications through ATCAS, the Athletic Training faculty will conduct initial review of the applications. Applicants will be evaluated based on:

  • Undergraduate GPA
    • Overall
    • Prerequisite courses
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
    • Observation evaluations

Qualified applicants will be asked for an on-campus or video conference interview with the Athletic Training faculty and staff.

Once feedback from all faculty, clinical mentors, and current students has been collected, the program administrative team selects the top candidates and offers program admission. 

Once Selected to the Program

Initial selection into the program is provisional, based on passing a criminal background check, drug test, and completion of all necessary immunizations. These will be submitted and approved through CastleBranch, Inc. Admitted students will receive a packet with all the necessary information at that time.

CastleBranch requirements

  • Physical examination
  • Criminal background check
  • Drug test (9-panel + Oxy + MDMA)
  • Immunization or titer for the following:
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
    • Varicella (chicken pox)
    • Hepatitis B
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis (TDap)
    • Polio
    • Tuberculin Skin Test (TST/PPD)
    • Influenza
  • Bloodborne pathogens training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training at UNCW is a rigorous academic and clinical program that runs for 23 consecutive months. Aside from the open summer in the second year that is reserved for clinical opportunities outside of Wilmington, the students should plan on remaining in the Wilmington region for the duration of the program. Due to the compressed nature of the program, there are limited scheduled breaks for holidays, etc.

Courses begin in the last week of June in the initial summer of enrollment. The course schedule in the summer session is very time intensive. Courses run from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for the entire month of July.

*Start dates for courses and clinical experiences may vary by academic year*


Contact Dr. Steve Zinder, program coordinator, at