Sports Medicine (MS)

Since the 2008 establishment of a Sports Medicine track in the Master of Science in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, the College of Heath (CoH) has awarded a Master of Science degree focusing on Sports Medicine. This track provides a graduate level curriculum to licensed/certified Athletic Trainers with the objectives of expanding their knowledge, skills, and experiences to enable them to become clinical scholars who will continue to autonomously function as Athletic Trainers. The realignment of the CoH, approved in July 2015, provides the opportunity to create a freestanding Master of Science in Sports Medicine (MSSM) degree in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.

As of Fall 2016, students currently enrolled in the Sports Medicine track in the Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science will be “grandfathered” for a period of three years. During that time, they may elect to operate under their current catalog and degree program through degree completion or they may elect the new MSSM requirements.

The Master of Science degree program in Sports Medicine is a 2 year program designed to provide the advancement of evidence based knowledge through education, research and clinical experiences with the objective to develop well rounded professionals who can contribute to the field through the understanding of current literature, trends, equipment and practices within sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Through the program, students acquire advanced didactic and practical skills, such as assessment, treatment planning, problem-solving, behavior analysis, appropriate intervention implementation, evaluation, and documentation. Additionally, students engage in clinically-based practices as a means of solidifying their didactic coursework.

Acceptance Criteria

  • Applicants must have obtained a Bachelors Degree from a nationally accredited college or university and must be Certified Athletic Trainers or must have completed requirements for and be eligible to take the BOC certification exam.
  • A combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score of 300 or higher is recommended.
  • Applicants are recommended to have at minimum a grade point average of 3.0.
  • Applicants must submit all general University of Utah required graduate application forms, transcripts and fees to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Applications are due December 1st annually.

Graduate Assistantship positions are available. Applications for GA positions require a separate application form and fee.


Graduate assistant positions are available. These include a full tuition waiver, insurance benefits, licensure fees, and a stipend of approximately $17,000 for 11 months.

Assistantship Settings

  • Division I sports including: football, basketball, skiing, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball etc.
  • Professional Sports- US Speed skating
  • Local area High Schools

Sports Medicine Complex

3200 square feet that includes: 21st Century clinical and didactic education center, a state of the art motion capture lab, modalities and additional research lab space.


Charlie Hicks-Little, PhD, ATC


Common Application Questions

Are letters of recommendation required for the GA application?

  • No, a list of references is required for the GA application. Letters of recommendation should be submitted with your program application online.


Is there a length requirement for the personal statement essay?

  • No, there is no length requirement of word limit. However, please make sure that it includes your reason for pursuing a masters degree, your current research interests and your professional goals. 

Contact Us

Office: HPER E 208
Mailing Address: MSSM, 250 South 1850 East, HPER E 208
Phone: 801-585-1820

Charlie Hicks-Little

Program Director
Phone: 801-581-4897