How to Apply

To apply for admission, please use the Brown Graduate School online application.  For additional information about admission, please visit Brown's Graduate School’s website.

Deadline for Application

September 1: Application available
December 31: Recommended GRE Completion Date
January 15: Final Application Deadline

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School. To be considered for tuition scholarship funding and financial aid, completed applications must be received by the Graduate School by January 15.

If sending hard copies of recommendations and/or transcript(s), please submit materials to: Brown University Graduate School, Box 1867, Providence, RI 02912. Please click on the MAT application checklist at the bottom of this page so you can stay on top of your application process.

Once applicants have submitted an application, selected applicants will be invited to interview with the appropriate faculty director. While in-person interviews are preferred, it is possible to arrange Skype or phone interviews.

Application Materials

Transcripts of all prior academic work at institutions of higher education.
Personal statement
: Your personal statement should not exceed 2 typewritten single-spaced pages.
3 recommendations
: At least one recommendation from a professor is required. Others can be written by an education‐related supervisor, an employer or someone who can speak to your experience working with children or adolescents.
Official GRE General Test scores
(Brown's reporting code is 3094)
Writing sample (English only)
: Your writing sample should be an academic paper or section of a paper and should not exceed 5 double-spaced typewritten pages.


Elementary Requirements

All applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree. In addition, one course in child development and one course in multicultural perspectives as related to education or demonstrated equivalent experience are required. Applicants uncertain about whether they have completed this coursework may email a copy of their transcript and/or course descriptions to If applicants lack this coursework, they may complete the requirement(s) at a college or university, a community college, or online prior to the start of the MAT program in June. Before signing up for a course, contact Professor Sarah Leibel to determine if it will satisfy the necessary requirement.

Secondary Requirements

All applicants must have an appropriate background to teach their subject field.

English applicants should have a Bachelor of Arts in English or a related area. At least one course in composition is strongly recommended.

History/Social Studies applicants should have a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history or a social science field (excluding psychology) and should have completed a minimum of three courses in history. Those with related majors should follow the directions below.

Science applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, engineering/physics, or some other closely related field.

American Studies majors are encouraged to apply in either English or history/social studies.

Applicants may determine whether they have completed sufficient coursework in their academic area of interest by emailing a copy of their transcript(s) to the appropriate faculty member for a preliminary review: Graduate transfer credit from other institutions is limited.

Testing Requirements

Elementary and Secondary

The GRE General Test is required. Register at: The Brown Test Code is 3094.

Rhode Island Basic Skills Cut Scores

As part of national teacher quality initiatives, the Rhode Island Department of Education has implemented standards for students entering state-approved teacher preparation programs.

MAT Applicants

• GRE: 300 composite (170 scale test) with no less than 151 verbal and 147 quantitative; 1100 composite (800 scale test) with no less than 465 verbal and 584 quantitative

MAT applicants who have not received the above GRE cut scores can fulfill the RI testing requirement if they have achieved a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 as an undergraduate OR by taking and passing the Praxis I tests: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or Computer-Based Pre-Professional Skills Test (C-PPST): 179 math, 179 reading, 177 writing (composite score 535 with no test score more than 3 points below the cut). Visit the Praxis website for information about the test, fees, schedule, and registration.

Evidence of passing the basic skills requirement by the January application deadline is not mandatory as long as evidence is provided prior to enrolling in the Brown MAT program.

Brown 5th-year MAT Applicants

• SAT: 1150 composite; 530 verbal, 530 math
• ACT: 24 reading, 20 math

Status of Application Inquiry

Once the MAT program receives your application from the Graduate School, you will be notified if your application is complete. Alternatively, you will be contacted if there are any missing application materials (e.g., transcript, letters of recommendation, etc.). You will be notified of admission decisions no later than the end of March.