BA/MAT Programs

What are they?
These programs allow qualified students to earn both a BA and an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) in social studies education in five years. These programs will satisfy all of the educational requirements for NYS professional certification in social studies.  There are BA/MAT programs for students majoring in history or in Africana Studies.

Click here to download the advising worksheet (history).

Click here to download the advising worksheet (Africana Studies).

For students already admitted to the program, permission to enroll and change of status forms can be downloaded here.

Who can apply?
Both programs are limited to majors with a 3.2 GPA or higher.

Click here to download the application form.  If you have not already been admitted to the undergraduate social studies program, you must also submit the required application essay to be found on the undergraduate application form.

When to apply
Beginning in the junior year, students in the combined program will take a different sequence of courses than will students in the regular BA program. Therefore, students need to apply to the program no later than the spring semester of the sophomore year, but interested students are encouraged to speak with an advisor as early as possible.

What should transfer students do?
Transfer students who are interested in applying to the program should contact the program director and complete an application as soon as they are notified of their acceptance to Stony Brook.

Continuation in the program
All of the social studies distribution, DEC, and major requirements must be completed prior to beginning graduate coursework. Students admitted to the program must maintain their GPA in order to remain in the program. Students who do not perform satisfactorily in the first graduate history courses may not be permitted to continue in the program. Students who either decided not to continue for the MAT or who were not allowed to continue based on their performance in these two graduate courses would be able to graduate with a BA at the end of semester 8.