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Master of Arts in Teaching Application

The following required materials must be submitted electronically as a part of your Slate application.  Everything listed below is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Admissions Requirements

For admission to any MAT program, the following are required: 

    • Personal statement. (Guidelines are published on the application website.) Please attach a personal statement of 750 – 1000 words that is a reflection of your ability to approach graduate-level work successfully, using creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research. Your statement should address the following:
      • What is your purpose in pursuing this degree/certificate?
      • How have you prepared yourself for this field of study?
      • Specifically, how will this degree/certificate assist you in advancing both your professional and personal goals?
      • Describe your research and study interests and any other aspects of your background, skills, or qualifications that would aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your motivation for graduate study.

Your personal statement must be your own original work.  

  • GRE scores. Arrange to have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official GRE score reports to Stony Brook University (school code: 2548/Stony Brook SUNY Center). Only the general exam results are required; subject exams are not necessary.
  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. Transcript must indicate the conferral of a bachelor's degree and must confirm that you have the required academic major or course work as described on your program description page (see links below). 
  • One year of college-level study of a foreign language with a grade of “C” or better. (Note: This may include American Sign Language; MAT in Foreign Language applicants have additional language requirements -- please see the individual program page)
  • Three letters of recommendation. Two of the three recommendations must be from faculty with whom you have completed a course of study at the college level. It would be preferable that these faculty be in the area of your major. Names and email address of recommenders will be submitted in Slate. Recommenders will receive a link to upload their letters on your behalf to your application. Only in rare instances will paper recommendations be accepted.
  • Interview. In those cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be requested.

International Students: Language Requirements 

There are additional requirements for international applicants or those for whom English is not their primary language. » View details

Conditional Admission

Under certain circumstances, promising candidates who lack the required academic preparation may be considered for conditional admission. » Conditional Admissions Policy


How to Apply

To expedite the application and admissions process, please upload and/or send all materials to the SPD contact as required by your program at the time of submission of your application.

  • Applications, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and the nonrefundable $100 application fee are submitted online through Slate. 
  • Students who take any courses on campus will also be required to send Student Health Service a completed  immunization/meningitis form, which must be received before the first day of their first on-campus term. Visit  Student Health Service website  for more information.
  • Transcripts, test results (sent from Educational Testing Services) and any other supporting materials not included in your electronic application can be sent to the intended program directors or coordinators listed below. Please do not send any SPD application materials to the Graduate School. 
Application Deadlines

All materials must be submitted by the published deadlines for priority review.

Applications submitted after these deadlines may be accepted and reviewed on a time and space-available basis, and review of these applications may be delayed. Late applications maybe considered for the following admission term. Any questions regarding available start terms should be directed to Program Representative. General questions about the application process should be directed to or 631-632-7050.

Domestic Students: 

For all programs except the MAT in Mathematics

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: December  1
  • Summer I: April 15
  • Summer II: May 15

For the MAT in Mathematics

  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: March 15

International Students:

For all programs except the MAT in Mathematics

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1


For the MAT in Mathematics

  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: November 1

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Please send official transcripts to the contact of your intended MAT program, listed below.

MAT English

Theresa Spadola
Graduate Program Coordinator/Advisor
MAT English 
Humanities 2087
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 5350

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MAT Foreign Languages

Please note that we are not accepting applications for the MAT in German at this time.

Elizabeth-Anne Tolson
Dept. of European Languages
Humanities 2127
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5359

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MAT Mathematics

Christine Gathman
Department of Mathematics
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3651

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MAT Social Studies

Charles G. Backfish, Director  
S-653 Social and Behavioral Sciences  
Stony Brook University  
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4348  

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MAT Sciences 

Judy Nimmo, Administrator
Institute for STEM Education
092 Life Sciences Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY  11794-5233

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Contact Information

For application procedure questions contact:

MAT Admissions
School of Professional Development
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434
Telephone: 631-632-7050 
Fax: 631-632-4992
If you have elected to have your transcript sent electronically directly from the issuing institution, please have the transcript sent to the following address:

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