How to Apply
Bard attracts promising college graduates and early-career educators interested in a variety of roles in schools, museums, and community organizations. Our program encourages open and systematic inquiry into education through interdisciplinary research drawing from guided experiences working in public institutions. Candidates possess a strong academic foundation in the liberal arts, mastery in an academic discipline, broad interest in the relationship between education and democracy, and a commitment to public service in underserved and marginalized communities.
For questions about future cohorts and upcoming admissions cycles please contact the Bard MAT office or fill out our inquiry form.
The following should be submitted with the application:
1. Personal Statement. In 500-600 words describe the type of professional educator you seek to become and explain why you believe the Bard MAT Program will help you achieve your goals.
2. A curriculum vitae or resume.
3. Three (3) letters of recommendation (instructions on how to register your recommenders can be found using the online application)
4. A nonrefundable application fee (or fee waiver request), payable online with a valid credit card or electronic check, or with a check or money order for $65.00 to Bard College and mailed to the address below. (fee waivers are available for individuals working in education or public service)
5. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended for at least one academic year, regardless of whether credits were transferred to another institution or a degree was received. Transcripts must be sent in sealed envelopes directly from the schools. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded as part of the online application, but official copies must also be sent.
*Letters of recommendation are also accepted on paper. The letters should be addressed to the Graduate Admissions, signed across the sealed flap, and sent directly to the Bard Master of Arts in Teaching Program by the authors. International Students must provide evidence of proficiency in English-for example, a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Proficiency in English may also be established by an interview and writing samples. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT AN APPLICATION IS CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE AND CANNOT BE ACTED UPON UNTIL ALL MATERIALS ARE RECEIVED BY BARD MAT, INCLUDING THE REFERENCES. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR RECOMMENDERS SUBMIT THEIR REFERENCES BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.