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MAT Admissions

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree provides initial teaching training and credentials to prepare teachers who don’t have a background in education. UST provides flexible face-to-face on-campus, face-to-face off-campus, online and hybrid (face-to-face and online) classes to meet the demanding schedules of our students. Experience the University of St. Thomas MAT advantage firsthand by applying now!

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Admission Requirements
  • Baccalaureate or advanced degree GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Application and $35 application fee
  • 250-300 word essay on career goals and how an MAT will contribute
  • Official transcripts*
  • Pass the Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT)
    • Passing the PACT is required before students can enroll in classes
Alternate Admission Option
  • Baccalaureate or advanced degree GPA of 2.75 to 2.99
    • UST will calculate a new GPA using the last 60 credit hours. If the new GPA is between 2.75 and 2.99, the student will be required to submit graduate admission test scores, taken within the last 5 years. The GRE (school code 6880) requires a minimum score of 146 on the verbal and 145 on the Quantitative sections and an Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or a Millers Analogy Test score of 394 (school code 2256).
  • Application and $35 application fee
  • 250-300 word essay on career goals and how an MAT will contribute
  • Official transcripts*
International Applicants

All international applicants are required to submit documentation of English proficiency.

The following test scores are required:

Requirement of Students Seeking School Certification in Texas 
International students seeking Texas teacher certification must submit TOEFL Scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The requirements for the TOEFL IBT are:

  • Reading – High 22-30
  • Listening High 22-30
  • Speaking Good 26-30
  • Writing Good 24-30

Alternate Requirement of Students not Seeking Certification
Although the Texas Education Agency requires the TOEFL scores for students wishing to apply for teacher certification, alternatives for international students NOT seeking certification include:

  • A minimum of 7.0 in each section on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or
  • A level of 112 issued by the English Language Center, Houston, TX.** or
  • A PTE Academic score of 53

Please contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services for additional for additional requirements of the Student VISA at or by phone at 713/525-3503.



  • July 15 (U.S. applicants)
  • July 1 (international applicants)


  • December 13 (U.S. applicants)
  • December 1 (international applicants)

*In order for transcripts to be official, they should be sent directly from the institution to the University of St. Thomas in a sealed envelope.
**applicants that apply after the posted deadlines will be considered on a case by case basis.

University of St. Thomas
Office of Graduate Admissions, Box #6
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006