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Master of Science in Kinesiology Degree (MSK), Athletic Training Major

Description of Program

Indiana University's master's program includes a combination of classroom, clinical, and laboratory experiences as part of the two-year, NATA-accredited Post-Professional Education Program. The structure of the program provides the student with the unique opportunity to be exposed to different philosophies and techniques taught by a talented and experienced faculty and professional staff. Graduate students work closely with IU's Athletics Department as well as the community school corporations to provide athletic health care for intercollegiate and interscholastic athletes. Primary research interests are lower extremity injury, functional ankle instability, and soft tissue mobilization.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 44 credit hours is required for the athletic training program.  The Master of Science in Kinesiology degree must include a minimum of 20 credits from the Department of Kinesiology.  A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. A minimum grade of C– is required in each course. All electives for completing the degree must be approved by the advisor.

Complete each of the following core courses (28 cr.):

  • SPH-A 581 Athletic Training Principles for the Spine (3 cr.)
  • SPH-A 582 Current Topics in Athletic Training (3 cr.)
  • SPH-A 584 Administration of Athletic Training (3 cr.)
  • SPH-A 585 Rehabilitation and Conditioning of Athletes (3 cr.)
  • SPH-A 587 Athletic Training Principles for Upper Extremities (3 cr.)
  • SPH-A 588 Anatomical Basis of Athletic Injuries (3 cr.)
  • SPH-A 590 Athletic Training Principles for Lower Extremities (3 cr.)
  • SPH-A 695 Practicum in Athletic Training (4 cr.)
  • SPH-X 505 Principles and Foundations of Public Health (3 cr.)

Complete each of the following research courses (8 cr.):

  • SPH-A 610 Introduction to Athletic Training Research (2 cr.)
  • SPH-A 610 Introduction to Athletic Training Research (2 cr.)
  • SPH-A 611 Advanced Topics: Athletic Training Research (2 cr.)
  • SPH-A 611 Advanced Topics: Athletic Training Research (2 cr.)

Complete three graduate elective credits with the prefix SPH-K  ___ (3 cr.):

Complete one of the following capstone projects (5 cr.):

  • SPH-K 599 Master's Thesis (5 cr.)
  • SPH-K 693 Independent Study and Research (5 cr.)
Special Opportunities

The Athletic Training Student Council, composed of both graduate and undergraduate students, is regularly involved with philanthropic activities and also assists students with partial funding for professional development activities.


Board certified athletic trainers can be found working in a multitude of employment environments, including traditional college and university environments, industrial health settings, numerous health care environments, and areas such as performing arts, motor sports, and rodeo. They can also work as physician extenders and as clinic outreach athletic trainers.

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