5th Year Master's Programs

5th Year MAT Option for Brown Undergraduates

As a Brown senior, you have the opportunity to apply to the MAT program in secondary (grades 7-12) English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics). You can apply up to two courses taken as an undergraduate toward your MAT degree. Please note: These courses cannot count toward both your concentration requirements AND your MAT degree. Under 1000-level courses cannot count towards your MAT degree.


1-2 of the following courses may be applied toward your MAT year (with approval of MAT faculty director):

  •  EDUC 1450-The Psychology of Teaching and Learning
  •  Above 1000-level Education course to fulfill MAT Education elective requirement 
  • Above 1000-level content-area course to fulfill certification requirements (English, history/social studies, or science)

EDUC 0900 is a recommended course that will be valuable to you in your future teaching; however, it cannot be applied towards your MAT degree.


Prior to submitting an application for the 5th-year MAT program, please complete this inquiry form and contact the appropriate faculty director:


Laura Snyder – [email protected] (English)

Christina Villarreal – [email protected] (History/Social Studies)

Diane Silva Pimentel – [email protected] (Science)


How to Apply


Applications for the 2019-2020 5th-year MAT program are due to the Graduate School by January 15, 2019. 

Your online application should include the following materials:

  1. Personal statement 
  2. 5th-Year Master's Degree Supplement Form
  3. Two letters of recommendation (at least one should be from a Brown professor)
  4. Brown transcript
  5. SAT or ACT scores (please email your scores to [email protected])
  6. GRE scores (optional): The GREs are NOT required for 5th-year applicants. However, if you have taken the GREs, these scores can be submitted directly on the application in lieu of the SAT or ACT.
  7. Writing sample (English applicants only): Should be an academic paper or section of a paper and should not exceed 5 double-spaced pages.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the appropriate faculty director.


5th-Year UEP Option for Brown Undergraduates

The 5th-Year Master's Degree option allows Brown undergraduates to continue at the University for a master's degree after completing their bachelor's degrees. Up to two courses of the ten required for the master's degree in the Urban Education Policy Program may be completed while the student is an undergraduate to be counted toward their elective courses. We have compiled a list of suggested electives. The eight core courses must be taken while in residence. Students must apply for this program before they complete their undergraduate studies. Admission must be approved by the department in which the master's degree is sought and by the Graduate School. Brown 5th year students that are admitted to the Urban Education Policy Program are not able to defer their admission.


All admission decisions for graduate programs are made at the program level. Rising juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a 5th-Year Master's should contact faculty in their intended programs. Students must complete the online application including the 5th-Year Master's Degree Supplement Form by January 15, 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants are not required to take the GRE.

Financial Aid

Undergraduate financial aid awards do not extend into graduate school. However, the Urban Education Policy Program may offer financial support to their 5th-Year Master’s students in keeping with their competitive admission criteria. Please contact Assistant Director of Graduate and Special Programs in Education Ann D'Abrosca for details.