• MAT Program Admission Requirements

    Applicants to our initial-licensure program are given priority for admission based on the following factors (having a combination further strengthens the application), although the admissions committee looks at the entire profile in terms of each candidate's fit with our program's mission and vision. Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

    1. Earned a 3.0 (or higher) undergraduate GPA from an accredited college or university.

    An applicant with a GPA below a 3.0 (2.5-2.9) will have her/his file reviewed by a committee, and may be considered for provisional admission. If you have an undergraduate GPA below a 2.5, you are also welcome to apply for provisional admission to the program. Candidates with an undergraduate GPA of below a 3.0 are encouraged to clearly explain any unusual circumstances leading to academic struggles and underperformance, as well as to share their plans for academic success upon entry into the program.
    2. Are seeking licensure in a high-needs area. We especially encourage candidates interested in pursuing licensure in the following areas to apply to our program:

    •  K-12 Dance/Theatre
    •  K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL)
    •  K-12 World Languages/Cultures
    •  5-12 Chemistry
    •  5-12 Mathematics
    •  5-12 Physics
    •  For more information about teacher-shortage areas in Minnesota and other states, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.html

    3. Have experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 learners.

    Please note that there is currently more supply than demand for candidates in the following licensure areas. Therefore, priority for admission in these specific areas are given to candidates with exceptional academic records (undergraduate GPAs of a 3.5 or higher):

    1. K-6/Elementary  
    2. 5-12 Comm Arts/Lit
    3. 5-12 Social Studies

    How To Apply For Hamline's MAT Program

    Applicants must submit the following materials:

    • Completed online application
    • Written essay -- Please submit a 1-2 page double-spaced essay discussing why you have decided to pursue public school teaching licensure. Please include your experience (volunteer or paid) in working with children. The essay should be edited carefully and written using formal academic language.
    • Official undergraduate degree transcript sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or in a sealed, signed envelope. You do not need to supply transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University.
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from former professors, supervisors, or other professionals who will be able to speak about your academic abilities, professionalism, and promise to become a highly effective K-12 teacher. Letters from family members, friends, or subordinates are not appropriate. Letters must be sent directly to Graduate Admission from the persons writing the recommendations.

    Send application materials to:

    Graduate Admission
    Hamline University MS-A1710
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104-1284