Early Assurance Program

Marshall University Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Early Assurance Program

The Marshall University Professional Masters of Science in Athletic Training (PMSAT) Early Assurance Program (EAP) allows incoming undergraduate Marshall University students (in-state or out-of-state) to apply for acceptance into the Masters in Athletic Training Early Assurance Program. Successful applicants will have a guaranteed seat in the Athletic Training program, pending the completion of all undergraduate requirements and program pre-requisites from Marshall University. The goal of the program is to:

  • Enroll and retain highly motivated and talented high school students to Marshall University, and then to the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training to complete both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the 3+2 program.

Admission Requirements for Early Assurance Program

  • Cumulative High School GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 Scale.
  • Two letters of reference/recommendation from high school teachers in STEM, Health Science related courses, or a Certified Athletic Trainer.
  • One page personal statement/essay.
  • On-Campus Interview in February with the PMSAT EAP admissions committee.
  • Acceptance to Marshall University.

Continuing Requirements

  • Students must declare athletic training as their undergraduate major.
  • Complete their undergraduate pre-requisite requirements within their first 3 years and have 90 credit hours completed by the start of the program (Summer 3).
  • Students must maintain an overall 3.5 GPA and must have a cumulative pre-requisite GPA of a 3.2 in the following courses: (BSC 227, BSC228, Biology (Any), Physics (Any), Chemistry (Any), Stats (Any), PSY 201, HS200, HS 215, HS 220, HS 222, DTS 210, ESS 345, and HS 365). Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA each semester (students may fall below a 3.0 GPA for a maximum of one semester during their first 3 years).
  • Students must successfully complete at least 45 hours of directed observation in athletic training prior to starting their senior semester.
  • Students will apply through ATCAS in the Spring of their Junior year to ensure that all criteria have been met or are in the process of being completed.

Application Process

  • Students must apply and be accepted into Marshall University and be declared an athletic training major prior to applying to the PMSAT Early Assurance Program.
  • Students must complete the Early Assurance Program application and submit supporting materials to Zach Garrett, ATC, PMSAT Program Director (Gullickson Hall Room 112, One John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV 25755) no later than the application submission deadline. An incomplete application package may negatively impact the applicant’s selection.
  •  Applications must include:
    • Application form including personal statement/essay
    • Official high school transcripts
    • ACT or SAT Scores
    • Two letters of reference/recommendation from high school teachers in STEM, Health Science related courses, or a Certified Athletic Trainer.
  • Once applications are received and reviewed, the applicant will be notified in writing if they have been selected for an interview.
  • Finalists will be required to participate in on-campus interviews.
  • Upon completion of the interview, the PMSAT admissions committee will vote on the applicant’s admission to the EAP.

Anticipated Program Deadlines

  • Open for Applications: August 1, 2023
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Letters of Recommendation/Transcripts/ACT or SAT scores reported by: February 15th, 2023
  • Interviews for the PMSAT Early Assurance Program (required): Within 2 weeks of application submission
Apply to the Early Assurance Program


For more information, please contact Dr. Zach Garrett at garrett46@marshall.edu.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North Washington, DC 20006.