Admission Information

"I definitely feel prepared to teach, and I think the program is well-strutured to take people who know nothing or little about the world of teaching an get them ready in 13 months to be come a full-time teacher." - Stephanie White, MAT'10

Applying to the MAT Program

Candidates for admission to the MAT program apply to the Brandeis Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), to which the MAT belongs. An application fee of $ 75 is required of all applicants, except for those who apply for early admission. Electronic applications require payment with a credit card.

Applicants must state the concentration to which they are applying:

Please note that the MAT program begins in June.

Early Decision (see below) applications are due Dec. 1. Click here for other key dates.

Rolling Admissions: Applications received after the December 1st early decision deadline will be reviewed in the order received until the cohort is full. After the program fills, qualified applicants may be offered a place on our waitlist.

Information on tuition costs and our generous scholarship opportunities can be found here.

For questions about the application process and timetable, please email or call (781) 736-2022.

Early Decision

Early admission to the MAT program is a possibility for qualified applicants. Early decision confers several advantages: the application fee is waived for early decision applicants; candidates who are given early admittance know sooner rather than later that their graduate school spot for summer is secured. The deadline for early admission is December 1. Early admission applicants are expected to complete their application within 30 days after the December 1st deadline. 

Applicants should declare their interest in early decision by emailing both GSAS and the MAT Program. Doing so will notify the review committee of your wishes and will allow the application fee to be waived.

Application Requirements

To download a printable checklist, click here.

Statement of Purpose

Public Elementary

In essay form, please discuss your reasons for undertaking graduate study in education at this time.  Explain one or two of your core reasons for going into teaching.  Explain why Public Education is your field of choice.  Describe your relevant experience and other qualifications.  Your statement should be 3-5 pages long and uploaded to your online application.

Secondary (all fields)

In essay form, please discuss your reasons for undertaking graduate study in education at this time.  Explain one or two of your core reasons for going into teaching.  State the subject area in which you wish to specialize and explain your reasons.  Describe your relevant experience and other qualifications.  Your statement should be 3-5 pages long and uploaded to your online application.

Delet (Jewish day schools, elementary and secondary)

In one document of 3-5 pages, please address the following two prompts and upload as one document with your application: (1) Explain one or two of your core reasons for wanting to be an elementary or secondary Jewish day school teacher. If you are a secondary applicant, please be sure to state the specific concentration to which you are applying (e.g., English, History, Tanakh, etc.) and discuss your reasons for the selection. (2) Describe a teacher who had a profound impact on you.

Academic Qualifications

Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; please do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, please visit our FAQ page.

Applicants to the elementary program are expected to show sufficient knowledge to be qualified to teach the core elementary school subjects of mathematics, English language arts, science and the social sciences, including American history.  Delet candidates should also show basic knowledge of Hebrew.

Applicants to the secondary program are expected to possess a major or equivalent in the subject they wish to teach.

All applicants are therefore asked to fill out a self audit form online in order to have a comprehensive information about your qualifications.

Please note:

Applicants who graduated from colleges/universities not based in the US are required to have their transcripts evaluated by a US credentialing agency

Prospective applicants are invited to submit transcripts for preliminary review by the MAT program. The program will then advise as to any gaps in the academic record which may need to be rectified. If interested in transcript review, please contact the program directly:

Applicants who wish professional experience to be taken into account for purposes of review of academic qualifications should submit an additional statement of explanation.  Suitable documentation may be required.

For further information email

Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE's) or Miller Analogies Test

Exams are required for admissions into the MAT program.  The GRE (General Test) is the preferred exam. If you have taken your GRE within the last 5 years, please provide us with an official copy of your current scores.  If you have not taken the GRE test or for more information you can visit their website at  The ETS code for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is 3092. Our code for the Miller Analogies Test is 1197.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

List all colleges and universities attended, experiences with children or youth, major extracurricular activities and employment, detailing particularly those relevant to your proposed field of study; any honors or prizes awarded; and community service, publications or research projects with which you have been associated.

Two Letters of Recommendation (submitted electronically)

The first letter should address your academic/intellectual qualifications.

The second letter should address your experience and/or potential for work with children or youth. Applicants with substantial work/professional experience should consider a letter from an employer. You may be asked for a third recommendation letter.

When applying online please include the complete contact information, including e-mail address, for your referees in your application.  The referees will then be contacted directly with the electronic link for submission of their letter(s).

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

MTEL passage is a requirement for the teaching license in Massachusetts and is, therefore, a graduation requirement for all MAT students (except those intending to teach secondary Tanakh /Bible, a specialty for which Massachusetts does not issue a license).

The MAT program strongly recommends that applicants plan on taking the "Communication and Literacy Skills" MTEL prior to matriculation, i.e., in the fall or spring preceding the desired date of entry to the MAT. The Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL is not an admissions requirement; however, prospective MAT students will assuredly benefit by having attempted the test prior to matriculation.

For more information on the MTEL please see:

Merit Scholarship Application

The MAT program encourages applicants to apply for merit-based scholarships when applying to the program. Forms may are available on the scholarship page. Download the form, answer the essay questions and upload it into the application portal.


All Applicants will be interviewed as part of the review process. The interview may be done in-person if the applicant is able to meet with the committee on campus or via video conference online. 

Applicants admitted to the program are advised to complete the To-Do Checklist for Accepted Students on the GSAS website. Admission to the program becomes official only after the deposit has been paid.

Non-native speakers of English

International students should also visit the international admission section of the GSAS website for information on TOEFL, IELTS and PTE requirements. 

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Admitted applicants are advised to visit the accepted students' page.

Key Dates

Dec. 1  - Early decision application deadline
Jan. 31  - BA/BS MAT application deadline
 Application deadline (Rolling Admissions)
June 19  - First day of classes