M.S./M.A.T. Program

The M.S./M.A.T. is for students seeking advanced knowledge in environmental policy and certification in secondary education. Applicants must apply to both programs separately. Dual-degree students can pursue a 2-year or 3-year option to earn an M.S. in environmental policy or climate science and policy, and a teaching degree in literature, math, biology, or history.

The Bard MAT: Bard College has a national reputation as a liberal arts college that emphasizes the best kinds of teaching. The MAT Program reflects this reputation: it fosters scholarship, intelligence, and creativity, qualities that are the hallmark of fine teachers.
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Ariadne Prior-Grosch ’13

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Living Environment Teacher at The Academy for Software Engineering, New York City
"The opportunity to combine graduate study—master of science in environmental policy and master of arts in teaching—has uniquely prepared me for a career in science education. Bard CEP’s rigorous course work has provided me with a breadth and depth of knowledge and the tools to critically analyze environment problems. These skills enable me to teach not only high school biology in New York City, but also to develop my own environmental courses to share these skills with my students."

Two-Year Program

To complete the dual degree in two years, students start at Bard CEP, taking first-year courses in either M.S. degree track, qualifying them to earn a professional certificate. Students then enroll in the one-year MAT degree and complete the intensive, 12-month teacher-training program. To earn their M.S. degree, students must take the Master’s Project and Seminar course and the Capstone Seminar during the spring term of their second year, while enrolled full-time for the MAT. Students can complete the master's project during the spring semester or during an additional summer semester at Bard. Faculty from both programs serve as advisers for the Master's Project.

Course Schedule:

Year 1 Bard CEP first-year course work in either M.S. degree (EP or CSP)
Year 2 MAT classes (full-time, beginning in June), and completion of Bard CEP Master’s Project Proposal and Master’s Project and
Seminar (Students may complete their project over the summer after their second year)

Three-Year Program

To complete the dual degree in three years, students take the first-year CEP curriculum, qualifying them to earn a professional certificate in environmental policy or climate science and policy. Students then enroll in the two-year MAT degree and complete the 24-month teacher training program in their chosen discipline. For the M.S. degree, students begin researching and writing their Master's Project during the spring of their second year (their first year at MAT), in conjunction with the MAT academic research project. In addition to the thesis, students must complete the Master’s Project and Seminar class and the Capstone Seminar.

Course Schedule

Year 1 Bard CEP first-year course work in either M.S. degree (EP or CSP)
Year 2 Bard MAT classes (part-time, beginning in June)
Year 3 Bard MAT classes (part-time) and completion of Bard CEP Master’s Project Proposal and Master’s Project and Seminar