Application and Eligibility


The Application Portal for 2017 is now open. Click here to begin your application.


Eligibility Requirements

MAT applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (30 credits) in Earth Science or a related discipline (e.g., Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography, or Space Science) OR a Bachelor’s with a minimum of 24 credits in Earth Science plus 6 additional credits in Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Biology
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • A signed agreement to seek employment as a teacher in a high-needs New York State public school for at least four years upon graduation
  • U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident
  • Special consideration will be given to individuals with skills/experiences such as the ability to communicate in a second language, in-depth knowledge of social issues, and having lived abroad

Applicants with a previous graduate degree in education and/or teacher certification will not be considered for the program.

We recommend that any applicants who did not major in geology, Earth science, or meteorology send an unofficial copy of their transcript(s) to the MAT Administrative office to confirm eligibility before beginning an official application. Unofficial transcripts can be sent to us at

2017 Application Timeline

Step 1: Create an online account with a user name and password. Retain this information to access the account throughout the application process.

Step 2: Complete the online application by January 31, 2017. Please make sure all the requirements have been met so that your application can proceed to the next step:

  • Personal, professional, academic information
  • Short answer questions
  • Statement of educational goals and intent
  • Three letters of recommendation*
  • Official transcripts from all universities and professional schools attended*
  • Score report from the GRE General Exam (GRE program code: 7802) or Miller's Analogy Test*
  • Current resume
  • Signed agreement to seek employment as a teacher in a high-needs school in NYS
  • Application fee of $50 (non-refundable)

*Official deadline for transcripts and letters of recommendation is February 15, 2017. Official deadline for GRE/Miller's Analogy test scores is March 15, 2017.

Step 3: If you are selected for an interview, you will hear from the MAT Program during the month of February. Admissions interviews will be held in February and March at the Museum.

Step 4: Notification of admissions decisions will be mailed by the end of March. Students in the Class of 2018 would begin the program on June 6, 2017.



Office Hours

If you would like to speak 1-on-1 with a member of our faculty to discuss the program or review your eligibility - either in person or by phone - please contact us at 212-313-7464, or click here to: Request an appointment

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