Applicants to the John E. Weems Graduate School must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree program from a regionally accredited four-year institution.  Each applicant is evaluated by an admissions committee on the basis of baccalaureate-level preparation, undergraduate grade point average, standardized test scores, work experience, recommendation forms, and other criteria established by the specific departments.

All applications for admission to the Master of Arts in teaching program are considered ready for review after the following materials listed have been submitted to the Graduate Programs Office:

  • Completed online or paper application; nonrefundable $60 application fee or waiver required. Online payment is available through Paypal.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, in sealed envelopes or sent electronically from the institution directly to Meredith College. Applicants for the M.A.T. in Health and Physical Education must have a bachelor’s degree with a major in a related field (e.g. exercise and sports science, physical education, health
    and wellness) or a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience.
  • Two completed recommendation forms from professionals who can speak to your work ethic or academic ability within your area of work or study, available to submit electronically through the online application portal or in printable form.
  • Official report of scores of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the last 5 years, mailed directly from the Educational Testing Service. Target scores GRE Verbal = 148 or higher, Quantitative = 150 or higher, Analytical = 4.0 or higher. Plan to take the exam early. We accept the highest combination of scores.
  • Applicants who submit an approved GRE/MAT waiver may be exempt from taking an admission test, determined on a case by case basis.  GRE/MAT Waiver Request available.
  • Statement of Work Experience (resume or C.V.).
  • Responses to essay questions.


Application deadlines:
April 1 (Summer and Early Fall decision)
July 1 ( Fall Final decision)
November 1 (Spring decision)

Any mailed materials should be sent to:
Graduate Programs Office
Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27607-5298

Next steps:
Once a complete application has been received, the applicant may be contacted for an interview. Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors include, but not limited to, academic performance, professional experience, ability, program fit, and test scores.

During the semester in which an M.A.T. student completes nine (9) M.A.T. credit hours at Meredith College (including any PBS hours being applied to the program), the M.A.T. student must apply for formal admission to the Teacher Education program to become a Teacher Candidate. Becoming a Teacher Candidate requires, among other things, successful completion of a background check and an earned GPA of 2.75 or higher in the Meredith College M.A.T. program. Students must obtain admission to the Teacher Education Program to continue in the M.A.T. Program at Meredith College.

International and permanent resident applicants:

Meredith College values intercultural experiences in the classroom and in our community.  International and permanent resident applicants must also submit:

If the original transcripts are not in English, a certified translation into English is required.  In addition, a course-by-course evaluation of the applicant’s academic documents compiled by an independent academic credential evaluation provider will be requested for any post-secondary work or Commonwealth advanced level examinations taken outside the United States.  Meredith recommends a member organization of The Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AIEC), National Assocation of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), AACRAO International Education Services (IES), or World Education Services, Inc. (WES) for translation and evaluation services.

Non-native English speakers and/or applicants whose principal language of instruction has not been English must submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, reported directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS); or official scores from International English Language Testing System (IELTS) reported directly from The College does not accept any other English language tests.  Scores must not be more than one year old, unless the student has been enrolled full-time in an accredited American college or university in the interim.

The required minimum total score on the exams are:

  • The paper-based TOEFL exam = 550 (with a minimum section score of 50 in all sections)
  • The internet-based TOEFL exam = 80 (with a minimum section score of 20 in all sections)
  • The computer-based TOEFL exam = 213
  • The IELTS exam = 6.5


The TOEFL Bulletin of Information is available at American embassies and consulates, or can be obtained by writing: TOEFL, CN 6155, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6155, or online at

The IELTS application information can be obtained by writing: IELTS International, 825 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90041, or online at

International students must also present copies of the following forms to the Graduate Programs Office:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94 card, Arrival/Departure Record
  • I-20
  • Alien Registration Number (permanent resident only)
  • Financial statement showing resources for a one year period
  • Proof of health insurance


Applicants holding F-1 visas must list the school or college they have permission to attend and submit a copy of their current I-20 form. The College will assist them in the preparation of a new I-20 form, if applicable. Admission of a foreign student who requires an F-1 visa is conditional until the proper visa is obtained. A student must be admitted to the graduate program to receive an I-20.

Thank you for your Interest!

You can connect with a graduate admissions counselor in a variety of ways—choose the one that’s most convenient for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Valencia Hicks-Harris
(919) 760-8316

Strong Story | Larissa Byrant

After graduating with her MAT, Larissa Bryant, ’13, was well prepared to become a teacher and to have a positive impact on her students’ future.

After graduating with her MAT, Larissa Bryant, ’13, was well prepared to become a teacher and to have a positive impact on her students’ future.

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