Application Instructions

Listed below are application instructions and deadlines for the online Doctorate in Athletic Training (DAT) Program.

Application Instructions:

Listed below are instructions for applying for admission to the DAT Program. Students applying for an assistantship undergo the SAME application process as students who are simply applying to the program.

  • Apply online.
  • Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $45.00 payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University. Submit payment to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.
  • Submit the following (in one package) to Debra Rea (567 N 5th Street, Sycamore Center for Wellness and Applied Medicine, Room 208, Terre Haute, IN 47809):
    • A cover letter explaining the applicant's reasons for entering the DAT Program.
    • Resume
    • A writing sample. Please use a research paper from a previous assignment or work product. This should be evidence-based and should be technical not persuasive.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. E-transcripts should be sent to or
  • Submit two letters of recommendation: These references should include one (1) academician and one (1) clinician. Please send/address letters of recommendation via mail to Debra Rea (567 N 5th Street, Sycamore Center for Wellness and Applied Medicine, Room 208, Terre Haute, IN 47809) or by email
  • Submit official GRE scores. To be official, scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Indiana State University.

Note: Returning ISU students must apply for re-admission if they have not attended ISU for more than two calendar years.


This a cohort program with required entry summer semester. To ensure full consideration, materials must be received before the following dates:

  • December 15: Assistantship application
  • February 15: Admission application

Important: The DAT Program admits a limited number of students each year. A candidate's application materials are not evaluated until all required application materials are complete and submitted. Students who complete both the assistantship and admission applications by December 15 will receive the highest consideration. Applications received after the deadline will be evaluated and admitted on a space available basis. Meeting program qualifications does not guarantee admission to the program for a particular cohort year.