Important Announcement: Starting with the admits for May 2020, the TTUHSC MAT program prerequisite course requirements are changing. See the prerequisite section below.

MAT Admissions Information

The MAT program begins in late May of each year. Please visit the link below for deadline information. The online application and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline. Please note there is a lag in submitting your application to ATCAS and the application being verified. Applicants will need to plan accordingly. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as early as possible.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Online Application
    Applicants for the MAT program must complete both an ATCAS Application and supplemental Merlin Application. The ATCAS Application can be acessed through this link. The Merlin Application can be accessed the link above. Please make sure that all information on your application is correct before selecting "Submit." Once you submit the General Information section of the application you cannot edit any information. If a change needs to be made, please email

  2. Application Fee

    The $75 Merlin Application Fee can be paid through the online application by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order by selecting the "Money Order" option; mail a check or money order to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (3601 4th Street MS 6294, Lubbock, TX 79430). Please make checks and money orders payable to "TTUHSC." Your application will not be considered for admission until your fee has been paid.

  3. Official Transcripts

    All official transcripts need to be submitted to ATCAS. You will only need to send updated transcripts to our office. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution and must have been printed within the last year. Please send all official transcripts to the following address:

    TTUHSC SHP Admissions and Student Affairs
    3601 4th Street MS 6294
    Lubbock, TX 79430

  4. Official GRE Scores

    The GRE is not required for the MAT program.

  5. Bachelor's Degree

    A Bachelor's Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific prerequisite courses listed in Section 8.

  6. Minimum GPA

    minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.7 is required to be considered for admission. A grade of "C" or better is required in all prerequisite courses.

  7. Observation Experience

    Applicants must have completed a minimum of 50 observation hours of athletic training experience. Post-high school experience can be gained through volunteer work, observation or paid employment with an ATC or LAT. When filling out the application, you will list your athletic training experience hours. There is not a specific, printable form to submit; we suggest tracking your hours on a personal spreadsheet.

  8. Prerequisite Coursework

    All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation. If prerequisite courses have not been completed in the last seven years, program director approval for acceptance of courses may be required. AP and CLEP credit will not be accepted for any science prerequisite course.

    Prerequisite Coursework for students starting May 2020
    Course Designation Credit Hours
    Human Anatomy (or A&P I) 3-4 hours
    Human Physiology (or A&P II) 3-4 hours
    Exercise Physiology 3 hours
    Biomechanics/Kinesiology 3 hours
    Nutrition 3 hours
    Statistics (1 course to include descriptive statistics, correlation, and introduction to inferential statistics or research design) 3 hours
    Biology with lab 3-4 hours required (2 semester sequence with lab is recommended)
    Chemistry with lab 3-4 hours required (2 semester sequence with lab is recommended)
    Physics wtih lab 3-4 hours required (2 semester sequence with lab is recommended)
    General Psychology 3 hours

    Recommended Course: Technical Writing

  9. Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation are required for an application to be complete. Letters of recommendation are submitted online through the ATCAS Application.

  10. International Applicants

    All foreign coursework must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Service. We also require TOEFL/IELTS Scores for any applicant for whom English is their second language (scores are considered on a case by case basis). Please refer to our International Applicants webpage for more information and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions.

  11. Transfer Credits

    An applicant who wishes to transfer to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program from another entry-level master’s degree program must meet the TTUHSC MAT program’s admissions criteria and be subjected to the same admissions process as a traditional applicant. The TTUHSC MAT Program does not typically accept transfer credits from other athletic training or professional programs for credit within the TTUHSC MAT program. Cases of unique and extreme circumstances outside of the student's control (e.g., natural disaster forcing relocation, etc.) are reviewed by the program director on a case by case basis. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions.

Application Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis for acceptance into the professional program. Individual applications are reviewed once materials have been received; therefore, it is in the applicant's best interest to complete their application, including submission of required documentation, as early as possible. Fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who meet the above listed requirements and are deemed competitive candidates for admission will be invited to TTUHSC for an interview. The admissions committee selects the most qualified applicants for admission by considering the following: cumulative GPA, prerequisite science GPA, interview scores, student essay, and other factors.


Admission interviews are granted by the MAT admissions committee by invitation only. Invitations to interview are based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting documents.

Application Submission Checklist

  1. Online ATCAS Application
  2. Online Merlin Application
  3. Application Fee
  4. Letters of Recommendation - Two required
  5. Observation Experience

Essential Functions/Technical Standards

A student admitted into the Athletic Training program must meet essential functions/technical standards that are necessary to be able to obtain employment. These are established minimum physical and mental guidelines necessary for the MAT program. Prior to matriculation, all students must submit verification of their ability to perform at or above the minimum physical and mental guidelines established by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. A list of the essential functions for the MAT program can be found in the MAT section of the School of Health Professions catalog or obtained from the MAT program director. Please familiarize yourself with the essential functions document.


In addition to tuition and fees, additional expenses (i.e. travel, clothing, Criminal Background Check, etc.) associated with the program and clinical experiences are the responsibility of the student. An estimated cost of tuition and fees is available on the SHP website and in the SHP Catalog.

A list of expenses that may be incurred by the student include: (this list may not be complete)

Item Cost Description
Criminal Background $51 base rate. Cost increases based on number and location places lived. All SHP students are required to undergo a criminal background check, from the TTUHSC School of Health Professions Approved provider, prior to matriculation.
Immunizations Varies Required immunizations are the responsibility of the student, but a discount price is available through the TTUHSC Family Medicine clinic. A list of the TTUHSC SHP Immunization Requirements are available on the website.
Textbooks Varies See the MAT textbook tab on the website for a list of required and recommended textbooks with estimated cost.
Instructional Assessment Fee $300 per semester  
Laptop Computer Varies A laptop computer is required for the MAT program (minimum specifications are available in the SHP Catalog at SHP Admissions.
Clothing $100-$150 over 2 years MAT program clothing is available from the Athletic Training Student Association. Polo shirt (one required), t-shirts and jackets are most often purchased by the student.
Travel to/from clinical site Varies The cost varies based on location of clinical site and price of gasoline. Students are paired and carpooling is encouraged. Unless requested by the student, no more than one (1) clinical site will require significant driving by the student. The average distance to clinical sites is 18 miles. (range 0-73 miles).
Lubbock Cost of Living Varies The United States Census Bureau website has information about cost of living in Lubbock, TX.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. Please contact our office by phone at 806-743-3220 or email at

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