Manchester University has launched a five-year dual program in which students can earn a master of athletic training degree. The university says the program allows students to complete both a bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree one year early.
Manchester says the program is a response to the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance, which recently decided to require anyone who wants to be a certified athletic trainer to have a master’s degree from an accredited athletic training program, beginning in 2022.
Students will earn a bachelor’s degree in exercise science on a three-year accelerated schedule and can apply to the university’s MAT program during their second year. After graduating with the bachelor’s degree, students would begin the MAT program the following summer.
The university says students who are studying toward an undergraduate degree in exercise science and fitness at another school may apply to the MAT program. Manchester will not accept students to its current undergraduate major in athletic training after the Fall 2016 semester.