Information for Applicants

We look forward to receiving your application! Before beginning, please read the admissions policies for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, information for international applicants, and information on financial aid and expenses. We encourage prospective students to attend an admissions event or schedule a visit, so consider contacting our admissions office for additional information.

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Students interested in scholarship consideration should apply by January 15. The final application deadline is March 15.
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  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Official Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Praxis Scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores

Application Details

Additional information about each element of the application can be found below. If you have any additional questions about applying to or studying in MAET, check out the FAQs for our program or contact us!

Applicants to both concentrations must complete the online application form for the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, which also serves as the collection point for your writing sample, recommendations, and statement of purpose or teaching philosophy. Detailed instructions are included throughout the form, but applicants can also contact the Office of Graduate Admissions with any technical questions at 202-687-5568 or
A $90 non-refundable fee is payable by credit card at the time of application submission. Applicants who were McNair Scholars during their undergraduate career can contact us to submit supporting documentation and request a fee waiver.
Applicants to both concentrations must submit a 500-word academic statement of purpose. For applicants to Advocacy & Policy, this statement should detail your intellectual interests and proposed topic(s) of graduate study. For applicants to Learning & Teaching, this statement should detail the personal values and beliefs you wish to enact as an educator.
Applicants to both Learning & Teaching and Advocacy & Policy should submit a paper from any subject that best demonstrates your writing ability. The sample can be an excerpt from a longer text or a standalone piece, but must:

  • follow APA guidelines (Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, 1″ margins);
  • demonstrate critical thinking and reflection; and
  • not exceed eight pages.
Please submit official transcripts of all work beyond secondary school, including undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, study abroad courses, community college courses, and non-degree courses.

Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.

International applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to submit their transcripts in the form of World Education Services ICAP evaluations and should note that official transcripts are delivered electronically with their evaluations through WES.

Three recommendations are required, with at least two from an academic source – such as a professor – who knows you and your abilities well. You will share recommender contact information as part of the online application process, and each recommender will receive a unique link to share their recommendation online. In the event your reference cannot access the online recommendation, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at
Students applying to Learning & Teaching must choose to pursue certification in either ESL/ELL or Secondary Science and should have a demonstrated background in their certification area of choice, whether through formal education or field experience. For many students, this requirement is met through a major, minor, or substantive coursework in relevant subjects. Within Secondary Science, typical areas of study include chemistry, biology, physics, neuroscience, and engineering. For ESL/ELL, typical areas of study include linguistics, foreign languages, developmental psychology, and PK-12 education, but this list is by no means exhaustive. MAET looks for coursework providing an introductory understanding of language structure, forms, and functions, which can be gained through the study of multiple disciplines; proficiency in a language in addition to English is a plus.

Results of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Combined Test: Reading, Writing and Math) and the Praxis Content Knowledge Exam within your chosen certification area are required for Learning & Teaching. Students must earn at least the minimum score required for licensure by the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in DC. As of December 2017, applicants can submit qualifying GRE scores in place of Praxis results. For exams taken in 2012 and after, a combined verbal and quantitative score of 288 and a writing score of 3.5 meet the minimum qualification for DC licensure.

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores. For TOEFL, a minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (iBT test) is required. For IELTS, a minimum score of 7.0 is required.