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.

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:

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. 

Test scores used for the Alternative Certification option also may not be more than five years old and must meet current Kentucky score requirements.

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: PRAXIS -, KY Education Professional Standards Board –

Priority Admission Deadlines

The priority application date is August 1 for a fall semester start. Those applying before that date 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.