Procedure for Admission

  1. Complete the online application at
  2. Final official transcript(s) should be mailed/emailed directly from each college or university attended to the Office of Graduate Admission and not be marked “Issued to Student.” If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy to be evaluated by the Bellarmine International Programs Office. Official evaluations from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) will be accepted. The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s).
  3. A letter of intent (2 pages) to pursue the graduate degree including the applicant’s professional goals and a rationale for applying.
  4. Provide email addresses in the online form for two references. Recommendation should be from an individual who has supervised the applicant in some capacity attesting to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student (not personal recommendation), such as current/past employers, or former professors.
  5. Official test scores must be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admission. Test scores for all appropriate exams shall be no more than five years old by the end of the first MAT semester and must be reportable by ETS. The five year limit also applies when and if the student seeks the alternative certification option. Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) exams or a satisfactory GRE score may also be substituted for a PRAXIS exam.

Required GPA & Entrance Exams

Successful applicants to the MAT program will have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 out of 4.00 from coursework across all undergraduate and/or graduate coursework prior to the MAT, or a GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00 on the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed.

The date in which the entrance exam is taken will determine which exam will be needed. Please note the following:

Admission to the MAT requires meeting the Kentucky established Graduate Record Exam (GRE) minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 143 Quantitative and 4.0 (out of 6.0 scale) Writing – OR – the applicant may choose to obtain the Kentucky required minimum scores on all three sections of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) exams. These required scores are Reading 156, Math 150, Writing 162. When scheduling to take the Praxis Core exam, please register for the following exams: Combined Praxis CASE Core Academic Skills for Educators (5751) which covers all three sections or schedule individually for CORE Reading (5712), CORE Math (5732) and CORE Writing (5722).

All MAT students must pass a JCPS background check to be able to complete their field hours and student teaching requirements. If you are unable to pass a background check, you will be unable to complete all requirements for the program.

If the GRE is taken first and successful scores in all areas are not met, the applicant may choose to obtain success on the appropriate Praxis CASE exam as an alternative to re-taking the GRE. Test scores for the GRE and/or PRAXIS must be no more than five years old, and must be reportable by ETS. If PRAXIS I exams were taken prior to August 31, 2014, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for validity. According to state regulations, if a student changes programs (e.g. switches from traditional program to alternative certification, elementary education to secondary education, etc.) then the PRAXIS exams must meet the latest and current standards.

Test scores used for the Alternative Certification option also may not be more than five years old and must meet current Kentucky score requirments. Should a candidate seek the alternative certification option and age limit/test scores no longer meet the current Kentucky regulations, then this guideline would necessitate taking the GRE or Praxis CASE exam(s). Scores are reviewed at the time the alternative license is first issued to insure Kentucky requirements have been satisfied.

Appropriate and required PRAXIS II content exams ( are not necessary for an admission decision although passing scores in at least one of the applicable content areas must be on file by the end of the first semester of enrollment (Module I). PRAXIS II content exams must be no more than five years old at the time of certification.

Learn more about these requirements by visiting these links: GRE -, PRAXIS -, KY Education Professional Standards Board –

Priority Admission Deadlines

The priority application date is August 1 for a fall semester start. Those applying after that dates will be given priority status. Applications submitted after that date will be considered on a space available basis.

International Applicants

Please complete the items under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:

Language Proficiency. All students are expected to have appropriate English-language proficiency to be admitted to the university. The language proficiency is required to ensure students are adequately prepared and well positioned to succeed.

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide credible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationary attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are provided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information.

Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program.