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Master of Arts
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Online Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

Marian University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is conveniently designed for adult students who want to change careers and earn licensure in elementary education, secondary science education, or exceptional needs P-12. This is a 36-credit master’s program. Marian also offers a licensure-only track, which consists of 18-24 hours of classes. You can continue working full-time and take classes part-time until you begin your required teaching internship during your last semester.

Students applying to the program must have already earned a bachelor’s degree, although your degree does not have to be in education. Other requirements for this program include a cumulative 3.00 undergraduate GPA or a 2.50 or higher GPA from a regionally accredited university with five years of professional experience. Based on whether students are looking to teach in elementary schools or secondary schools, Marian will evaluate whether applicants have the broad knowledge or required courses for teaching at that level.

Online MAT Curriculum

Courses are available entirely online, meaning you can complete your assignments and coursework at times that best fit your schedule. Marian’s MAT program offers a diverse range of classes based on your concentration. Students looking to earn an initial teaching license take courses such as child development and techniques for reading and literacy instruction.

When do classes start?

Semester Application Deadline File Completion Deadline Courses Begin Interviews (Scheduled once a month)
Summer 2024April 1, 2024April 15, 2024May 6, 2024January-April
Fall 2024July 15, 2024August 1, 2024August 19, 2024June-August

Student Teaching Internship

Student teaching requires a full-time commitment Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Hours may vary depending on the school in which you are placed. You will work under the supervision of a K-12 teacher as well as a university faculty member to fulfill university and state requirements. If you are already a licensed K-12 teacher, you may be able to satisfy the internship requirement as part of your current position. Speak with our clinical internship coordinator or program director for more information.

What does the application process involve?

Quick Checklist

All admission documents must be received at least two weeks before start of each semester.

  • Apply online in our application portal
  • Upload a copy of your current resume with your online application.
  • A personal statement or essay (maximum 500 words) should be submitted with online application. It should:
    • Explain your interest in becoming a teacher.
    • Outline your professional goals.
    • Describe your interest in a culture and/or language different from your own.
    • Reflect on your own learning experiences.
  • Send official transcripts directly to Marian University's Office of Undergraduate Admission for all previously attended high schools and colleges. For any university you attended that is not in the United States, we require a course-by-course evaluation. Evaluations must include the U.S. equivalency, a course-by-course list, and copies of the original transcripts. 

If your university does not provide transcripts in English, we require a word-for-word translation of the transcript. You can translate the transcript yourself, but we recommend using a third-party translator like

  • If your native language is not English, send an official English language proficiency test result directly to Marian University. Minimum acceptable scores are:
    • TOEFL IBT  69
    • IELTS  6.0
    • ELS Level 112
    • PTE 48
  • Two of your professional references should be uploaded to your application portal. Recommendations from family members will not be accepted.
  • Obtain a criminal history background check from the Indiana State Police – INkless. Please follow the instructions available at to schedule a fingerprinting appointment. This will ensure that the results are sent to Marian University. 
  • Pay the required, non-refundable $55 online application fee.
  • Thoroughly review the Marian University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. As an accepted student, you are expected to abide by the code outlined in this document.

Where should you send your application documents?

Send your required application documents to:

Office of Graduate Admission
Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN  46222-1997

What are the tuition rates?

Please visit the Business Office "Tuition Rates" page. Credit hours vary based on the program and anticipated licensure area. Degree programs are a minimum of 36 credit hours. Licensure-only programs are approximately 21 credit hours.

Cost DOES NOT include the $55 application fee, rental of cap and gown for graduation, costs for purchasing textbooks, and other university fees.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting federal and state aid for your graduate studies.


Marian’s online MAT program prepares students for a career change with practical experience and licensure in a convenient format. Interested in learning more about our online MAT degree?

Learn more about the online MAT degree

For more information

Office of Graduate and Online Admission
(317) 955-6400

For program specifics

Marlon Llewellyn 

Director, Recruitment and Strategic Partnerships
(317) 955-6325

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