Master of Athletic Training

Nebraska Wesleyan University will launch a two-year, 56-58 credit-hour Master of Athletic Training program in May 2025.

The master’s program will replace the university’s current bachelor’s degree program in athletic training. A change in policy by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) necessitated this upcoming program shift.

CAATE will soon require a Master of Athletic Training for all people seeking to become certified athletic trainers. NWU’s new MAT program will qualify and equip students to achieve this important certification.

This new program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission and is seeking CAATE accreditation.

Choose the Nebraska Wesleyan difference.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s new MAT program will build upon the university’s established excellence in athletic training.

NWU’s athletic training undergraduates have long competed well alongside their MAT-educated peers from other institutions. Our students have built an outstanding 98% Board of Certification (BOC) exam pass rate in the past ten years. This is the exam that qualifies candidates to serve as certified athletic trainers.

NWU students have also consistently won major state, regional and national awards from the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association, Mid-American Athletic Trainers Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association.

See: Athletic Training Majors Win National Awards

Pick from two paths to your MAT.

Nebraska Wesleyan University will offer two ways into its new Master of Athletic Training program. Both paths will be open to transfer students. MAT graduates will become immediately eligible to take the board certification exam.

  1. Fall 2022, incoming undergraduates will have the option to pursue a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Athletic Training through Nebraska Wesleyan University’s special 3+2 program. These students will declare an exercise science major and apply for admission to the MAT program in their junior year. Admitted students will begin taking graduate courses as seniors. They will be well positioned to complete their bachelor’s degree in four years and earn a Master of Athletic Training in five.
  2. People with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training or a relevant field (e.g., exercise science) will be able to apply directly for admission to the MAT program beginning in May 2025.


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