Combined BS/MAT or BA/MAT Program: Science
Stony Brook offers a number of combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs through collaborations between the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional Development (SPD), and the Graduate School. These programs allow current Stony Brook undergraduate students with special talent and motivation to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in less time and at less expense than if they enrolled in two separate programs. Applicants to the combined programs are not required to submit an application fee or GRE scores.
Students may enter into one of SPD-sponsored programs as early as the beginning of their junior year. While some graduate study will take place prior to the last undergraduate semester, graduate status will commence with the eighth semester, and graduation with both degrees will usually occur after ten semesters of study. The total combined degree program will include 150 credits of study and save the student a minimum of one semester’s time and graduate tuition.
SPD's combined Science programs are offered as either BA/MAT or BS/MAT. These degree programs lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree or Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, and NYSED teacher certification in Adolescent Education (7-12) in five years. This option is available to students who are matriculated in the undergraduate degree programs: Biology; Chemistry; Earth Science; Physics. In addition, students have the option to complete the Grades 5-6 certification extension.
Teacher preparation candidates must also complete various certification workshops,
tests, and fingerprinting. Review our
Certification & Licensing page for a full list of certification requirements.
To be eligible to apply to a combined program, students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; a higher GPA in one’s major is preferred.
To complete the application process, students will need to do the following:
Print out and complete the
The application packet consists of a one-page application form and three recommendation
forms which must be distributed to three recommenders (preferably faculty within your
Obtain signatures on the application form from your
Departmental Academic Advisor
Teacher Preparation Program Director
Teacher Certification Officer
(located in 2321 Computer Science Building).
- Complete a personal statement in light of your experiences, interests and ambitions. In order to do so, select one theme and one pathway from the D-TALE/PEP Conceptual Framework and explain in a well-written, 500-750 word essay how these two concepts will guide your development as an effective educator in your chosen field.
- Fall admission: March 15
Spring admission: October 31
Enrolling in Graduate Courses
Students who have applied for and been admitted to a Combined Degree Bachelor's/Master's
program may enroll in up to fifteen graduate credits while in their undergraduate
career. To enroll, they must complete this
and have it signed by their program director prior to submission to SPD.