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Application and Eligibility


The Application Portal is now open.  Apply today to join our Class of 2017.


2016 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, 2016. 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
  • Current resume
  • Signed agreement to seek employment as a teacher in a high-needs school in NYS
  • Application fee of $50 (non-refundable)

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 in March. Offers must be accepted by March 31, 2016. Students in the Class of 2017 would begin the program on June 6, 2016.

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.


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

AMNH Policies

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum encourages Women, Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call the Office of Human Resources.

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