Exercise Science - Athletic Training

3+2 Five-year BS in Exercise Science/MSAT Program (accelerated program).
This option allows the student to complete a baccalaureate degree in Exercise Science and Master’s Degree in Athletic Training in five years.

  • Suggested: ACT composite of 21 or higher or SAT equivalent.
  • Students matriculating to the MSAT program must have a residential and science GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Students will begin the graduate portion of the program in the 4th year (summer term).
  • Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, in their 4th year the student will be awarded a BS in Exercise Science (Pre-AT track).
  • Upon successful completion of the fifth-year requirements the student will be awarded the MSAT.
  • This program is recommended for entering freshmen, student athletes, transfer students, or students who change majors early who want to pursue an athletic training degree at CMU.
  • Students on this 3+2 track are given priority admission.
  • Students who are not accepted into the MSAT program may continue with a course of study in a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science provided they meet the requirements.
  • Additional requirements listed below.

Transfer admission criteria for BS in Exercise Science/MSAT

  • Students may transfer into the Exercise Science/Pre-AT track at any point (years 1, 2 or 3).
  • Additional requirements listed below.

Admissions Requirements
Admission into the MSAT Program is highly competitive. Application does not guarantee acceptance. Additional admission requirements can be found on the MSAT page, https://cges-catalog.centralmethodist.edu/Master%20of%20Science%20in%20Athletic%20Training/index.html.

For additional information, contact: athletictraining@centralmethodist.edu or 660-248-6217

3 + 2 Athletic Training Tuition & Fees

The accelerated 3+2 program allows students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in less time and/or fewer hours that a traditional route. Central Methodist University students who need 29 or fewer credit hours to complete all of the requirements of the exercise science program and have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.25 at the time of admission may be considered for accelerated graduate admission as a graduate student in the Master of Science in Athletic Training program. Students in the 3+2 program will be undergraduate students (with associated financial aid) through the spring semester of their fourth year. Undergraduate tuition will apply to the 8 graduate courses taken during the summer, fall, and spring terms of the fourth year. Graduate tuition will apply to the remaining graduate courses in the fourth year. 

NOTE: Federal regulations permit undergraduate students to receive financial assistance only for their current degree program. Students are strongly encouraged to contact Central Methodist University Office of Financial Aid to find out how their financial aid amount would be adjusted.  University scholarship, tuition waivers, athletic certification, and veteran’s benefits may also be impacted.

3 + 2 Athletic Training Accelerated Program Credit 

For students who have been admitted to the accelerated 3 + 2 graduate program, a maximum of 29 graduate credit hours may be used toward satisfying their undergraduate degree requirements. Grades earned in the accelerated program will count in both the undergraduate and graduate GPAs. Students who drop out of the accelerated graduate program will not be eligible to use the graduate credit hours toward any graduate degree; however, the courses will continue to apply toward the undergraduate degree.

Majors and Minors

Major Minor

BS Exercise Science, Pre-Athletic Training
Last updated: 08/07/2023