The application deadline for 2019-2020 has closed. Please check back with us about applying for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Applications will open in August, 2019!

Admissions Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in the intended teaching field (or closely related field)
  • Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Acceptable GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing)
  • Letters of recommendation which speak to the applicant's ability to pursue graduate level work as well as his/her capacity to work as a secondary school teacher
  • International applicants must achieve TOEFL scores of at least 577 (paper) or 97 (internet)

Applicants to the program complete the Graduate School Application, available online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The MAT Faculty Advisory Committee reviews applications, and committee members interview applicants. The Dean of the Graduate School makes offers of admission.


Applicants to the program must complete their electronic application and submit supporting documentation by January 15. Offers of admission are made prior to the April 15 deadline for accepting offers of financial support and admission.

Financial Aid

Students who demonstrate financial need can expect financial assistance from the program, either in the form of a general grant or an MAT-administered endowed scholarship. The same needs-based criteria used for federal financial aid is used by MAT in making awards. In order to demonstrate financial need, students must complete the free FAFSA Form​ by January 15. 


The MAT Program has two merit-based fellowships available: The Durham Teaching Fellowship and the MAT STEM Scholarship. Please complete the MAT 2019-2020 Fellowship/Scholarship Application if you are interested in applying for one or both of the awards. Please submit your application directly to by January 15, 2019.



The Durham Teaching Fellowship is a competitive graduate fellowship jointly funded by the President's Office, Trinity College's Dean's office, and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program. Includes full tuition and a $12,000 stipend ($1,000 per month). This fellowship is administered as a forgivable loan requiring teaching for two years in Durham Public Schools during the first four years after completing the program. Candidates in all subject areas are eligible to apply.

See profiles of some of our current and past fellows (report)

The MAT STEM Scholarship provides a minimum $20,000 grant, applied toward tuition, plus a $12,000 stipend ($1,000 monthly) for those who qualify under the federal work study program. This fellowship is administered as a forgivable loan requiring teaching for two years in a high-needs school district anywhere in the US during the first four years after completing the program. Only Math and Science candidates are eligible to apply.