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Athletic Training Master's Degree Program

Master of Athletic Training (MAT)
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What is the Master of Athletic Training program?

The Master of Athletic Training is earned in conjunction with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. Both are earned in five years. At graduation, you will be eligible for national certification as an athletic trainer.

The TLU athletic training master's degree program develops a deep understanding of how the human body moves and performs at its best. Learn to diagnose injuries, deliver treatment, and protect your athletes from harm. Ideal for students who want to build a career that promotes health and performance.

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Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Degree Program

This degree is earned in conjunction with the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Together, these degrees offer a complete view of how the human body performs physically.

What is an Athletic Trainer?

When they hear the term “athletic trainer,” most people think of sports teams. We imagine the skilled women and men who help players stay on the field and off the stretcher. That’s an important part of their job, but it’s only one part. Most athletic training happens off the field. The stakes are high and the situations complex.

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals. Working alongside physicians, athletic trainers offer a variety of services to their patients. These include:

  • Preventing injuries
  • Promoting wellness and exercise
  • Examining and diagnosing injuries and illnesses
  • Emergency care
  • Developing therapy programs
  • Healthcare administration

What to Expect

Two Degrees in One

Earning a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree is done at the same time as a Bachelor of Science (BS) in kinesiology. Both degrees are earned over the course of five years.

We combined these degrees because they offer the most career-ready education possible. While learning the fundamentals of kinesiology—i.e., the study of how the body moves—MAT students also discover what it means to care for the whole body.

Hands-On from Day One

You’ll be working in real clinical situations with real patients. As your expertise grows, you will do more hands-on caregiving. This will include injury evaluation, on-field care, rehab design, and preventative programming. You will be able to make important healthcare decisions based on knowledge and experience.

The Final Two Semesters

In the final two semesters, you will do minimal classwork. (Most of it is online.) Instead, you’ll spend your time in clinical situations. You will observe surgical procedures and work with patients and athletes. You can choose to study in a variety of settings. These include physician offices, physical therapy clinics, and local high school athletics. At graduation, you will have spent countless hours fine-tuning your decision-making skills and expanding your practical knowledge.

Small Classes

Athletic training classes are among the smallest at Texas Lutheran University. You’ll be in a cohort of about 12 students, allowing you to get more one-on-one time with professors and physicians.

Accreditation & Certification

TLU’s Athletic Training Program gained accreditation in 2005 from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and received a 10-year accreditation award in 2010-2011 through 2020-2021. Upon completion, you are eligible for national certification through the Board of Certification (BOC) and for Texas State Licensure. For more information, visit

Careers in Athletic Training

You’ll be ready to jump into your career the moment you earn your MAT degree. TLU graduates are currently working in the NFL, across collegiate sports, and in high schools, clinics, and hospitals.

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