MAT Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for individuals who possess a bachelors degree, but who do not have a background in education.  It takes a minimum of 3 semesters of full-time study to complete the MAT program. MAT students must complete 26 credits in education and a minimum of 15 credits in history and the social sciences.  Students may enter the program in either fall or spring.  However, the core teaching methods courses are only offered as a fall-spring sequence.  Applications are due November 1 for the spring semester and April 1 for the fall.

Click here for application information and materials.

Click here if you do not meet these admissions criteria, but are still interested in applying to the MAT program.

If you are already working as a teacher, but are seeking a masters degree for professional certification, you can apply to master’s program in history.

Program Requirements
Click here for MAT program requirements and here to download the advising worksheet.

Admission Criteria
Applicants to the MAT program are expected to either

  • have an undergraduate degree in history,
  • have an undergraduate degree in one of the social sciences (excluding psychology, criminal justice, communications, and linguistics) with a history minor (18 credits), or
  • to have completed a course of study equivalent to a Stony Brook history major.  Applicants interested in pursuing this route should contact the program director to determine what courses are needed, See additional information below.

Students whose native language is not English must also meet the language proficiency requirement of the School of Professional Development.

Applications for admission to the MAT program are reviewed jointly by the History Department and the Social Studies Education Program, and admission decisions are based on the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of history and the social sciences as reflected in undergraduate coursework
  • Experience indicating that the applicant is able to work successfully with children, has the preparation and maturity needed to succeed in graduate study, and is able to communicate effectively in writing. All of these criteria will be evaluated through the application essay.
  • Letters of recommendation from persons in a position to address your achievements and potential in the two areas above.
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; general test, not subject test). Successful applicants generally have verbal scores in the 50-80th percentiles, writing scores in the 40-80th percentiles, and quantitative scores in the in the 20-60th percentiles.

Applicants should take the GRE early enough so that scores are reported by the time the application is submitted.  If the computer-based version of the test is taken at one of the approved testing centers, scores will be reported to Stony Brook in 2-3 weeks. If you take the paper version of the test, scores will be reported in 6-7 weeks.

For information on tuition and related matters, check with the Office of the Bursar.

Information on financial aid is available through the Office of Financial Aid.