APPLICATION PROCEDURES --
STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION:
NOTE: your clinical placement (i.e.: GA position) is a part of the program, so there is not a separate application to complete for a graduate assistantship position.
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- Your application is due by December 15th. Select applicants will be contacted by the end of December and invited to our interview weekend (see our "save the date" notice for the interview weekend date). All applicants will be notified of their application status by mid-February. Applications received after the due date are rarely considered, especially if received after interviews have been completed (mid-January). Please see “Student Selection” page for more details.
- You must complete the online Graduate Application for the Graduate School, (select Department of Human Physiology – Athletic Training*), and pay a $50 non-refundable filing fee.
- Be prepared to upload transcripts of all your prior academic work (unofficial transcripts may be scanned and uploaded, providing official transcripts are sent to the University prior to admission). The online application will prompt you to enter the specific course name and grade earned for all pre-requisite coursework, as well as your cumulative GPA.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores will be recorded in Gradweb online application (and an official copy should be scanned and uploaded).
- Scores from the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if English is not your first language.
- Letter of introduction/Statement of Purpose: In roughly one page please introduce yourself to us, let us know why you are interested in studying and working with us, what your clinical interests are, and what your primary goals are regarding your future education and career. Please note that our program may be different than others; our academic and clinical placements (GA positions) are integrated into one program. Therefore, ensure your letter is not a request for a GA position, but a letter of introduction that will be relevant to an integrated clinical/scholarly masters degree program.
- Work Sample: Please identify a published peer-reviewed original research article that addresses a clinical question you are interested in and respond to the article using the information below. Be prepared to upload the article into your Gradweb application.
In order to assess both your critical thinking skills and written communication style please complete, and upload to your application, a work sample using a clear, concise scientific writing. Your complete response should not exceed 3 pages (double spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman or equivalent) and should address the following information:
- identify and describe the clinical question,
- discuss how the results of the study relate to the clinical question;
- describe how the study could have been strengthened; and
- identify any future studies that could continue to build on the current knowledge of the topic.
- References: A minimum of 3 reference letters are required to complete your application. Be sure that at least 2 references address your academic performance and potential for success in graduate school, and at least 2 references describe your clinical athletic training experience and abilities (a letter from a direct supervisor who can quantify your athletic training experience is recommended). Your evaluator may address BOTH your academic performance AND your athletic training experience, if appropriate. Letters must be received by December 15th for full consideration. Please be sure to check-in with your references by December 14th to ensure they have submitted the materials online (each referee will receive an email generated through Gradweb requesting they complete a form and upload a letter). Please ensure reference letters are not sent through the mail.
- Resume: Please prepare a resume that communicates your academic, clinical, leadership, teaching and or research experiences that you may have gained to date.
Action on the application
First, we would like to thank you for completing our online application. The Program Administrative Team (Program Director Sierra Dawson, Clinical Coordinator Kim Terrell, and Clinical Research Coordinator Grace Golden) will review applications the week of December 15th. Top applicants will be invited to our Interview Weekend. Notification on the outcome of the application will come from the Program Director and/or the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies, and will be confirmed by the Department office. All available positions in the Athletic Training Program are typically filled, and candidates contacted, by mid-February. Again, we want to thank you for your interest in our program and for your efforts compiling your application!