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 31. 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 31. 


The MAT Program has two merit-based fellowships available: The Durham Teaching Fellowship and the Robert Noyce Teacher Fellowship.

Applicants who wish to be considered for these fellowships should complete the MAT Financial Aid application by January 31.



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. Fellows are awarded full tuition remission and an $8,000 stipend in exchange for an agreement to teach in Durham Public Schools for two years upon completion of the Program. Duke awards up to eight Durham Teaching Fellowships each year. The Fellowship was initially established in 2006 through a joint announcement by Duke University and Durham Public Schools (DPS). It was designed to extend the longstanding partnership between Duke and DPS through the preparation of highly-qualified teachers in Durham.

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

The Duke Robert Noyce Teacher Fellowship is a competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship that funds up to six annual fellowships to highly-successful STEM graduates to become high school mathematics and science teachers in high-need school districts. The Duke Noyce Fellowship includes at least $30,000 of tuition support and a $1,000 monthly stipend ($1,500 for mid-career professionals) in exchange for an agreement to teach for two years in any public high school in a high-need school district.