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Admissions

How do I apply?

The application is submitted online. Visit https://www.shrs.pitt.edu/mssm/admission for detailed admission information.

I am interested in a graduate scholarship opportunity. Is there a separate application?

No. There is only one application to be completed. For candidates to be considered for a program scholarship, all application materials must be received by January 15. 

If I took undergraduate classes at more than one institution, do I need to submit all transcripts?

Yes. Applicants need to submit all official transcripts for the application to be complete.

What GPA do I need for my application to be considered?

Candidates who apply with a current cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will be considered for admission.  

Is an interview required?

Interviews are not required for admission into the program. However, students who are being considered for an experiential scholarship will have a virtual interview with the selection committee.

I am a certified athletic trainer. Is this program for me?

Absolutely. This program is a post-professional master of science degree with a focus on research and injury prevention. The University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) are leaders in the field of Sports Medicine. Athletic trainers who apply and are admitted to the program have many opportunities to practice clinically in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities while obtaining the master’s degree. Our collaboration with orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, as well as a variety of health care professionals provides students with comprehensive educational and work experiences.

I am not a certified athletic trainer. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply. However, it is strongly suggested that before you submit an application that you contact the Program Director to discuss your background, experiences and goals.

Programs Director: Mary Murray

Curriculum

Can I be a part-time student?

No. The program is designed to be completed in a specific curricular sequence, with each semester building on previous semesters.

When does the program start?

The two-year, four-semester program starts in the fall. 

Is a thesis required?

All students are encouraged to pursue a thesis; however, it is not required. The curriculum allows students to choose a thesis or a non-thesis track.

What are the clinical requirements?

The MS in Sports Medicine program curriculum does not contain a clinical component. There are opportunities for clinical internships, but these are determined on a case-by-case situation.

Will I be eligible for the BOC certification examination or other credentialing examinations at the end of this program?

No. This program is a post-professional program, designed for credentialed athletic trainers or other professionals who desire additional training beyond their professional degree.

Financial Aid and Housing

Where can I find information on tuition?

Where can I find information on financial aid?

Where can I find information on scholarships?

Does Pitt offer graduate student housing?

Yes. One option is the Residences on Bigelow.  Sports Medicine students, along with other graduate and professional students also choose to find housing in the surrounding neighborhoods.

How can I find out more about graduate student life at Pitt?

The University of Pittsburgh provides resources to help our graduate students succeed and engage in the community. If you are new to Pittsburgh, this site can provide a tour of our wonderful city. 

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