Graduate StudiesApproved by the Higher Learning Commission, August 2016

Do you have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field?

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed just for you!

Check out Mayville State University's new graduate studies online program. This completely online MAT program is designed for people who have a non-teaching bachelor's degree and are interested in entering the teaching profession. The MAT graduate studies program offers flexibility and affordability for adult learners.

For more information on Mayville State University's MAT program, please email the Division of Education office at: or call 701-788-4710.


Continued growth and service to North Dakota is a priority in the programs offered by Mayville State University. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree offered through Mayville State University is designed to assist persons with non-teaching bachelor's degrees to apply for teacher certification in a secondary content area while obtaining a master's degree. The addition of the Master of Arts in Teaching to Mayville State University's well-established teacher preparation programs will provide another option for entry-level professionals to begin teaching careers in North Dakota.

Mayville State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and MSU's Educator Preparation Program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Teacher Education has been a focus of Mayville State University's mission throughout the institution's more than 125-year history and the addition of the MAT program supports the tradition of serving North Dakota's workforce and K-12 schools. With the current shortage of teachers throughout North Dakota and nation-wide, the MAT degree is an option for many who may be interested in a possible career change into education.

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program is a 32-credit, online graduate studies program that provides options for graduates with bachelor's degrees to obtain a professional teaching degree while maintaining employment. The MAT program is standards-based to support secondary teacher certification requirements of the North Dakota Standards and Practices Board and is designed to support the development of teacher-leaders.

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs meet requirements for North Dakota teacher licensure The online Master of Arts in Teaching fulfills licensing requirements in the State of North Dakota and North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement. Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, Mayville State University cannot confirm nor advise that education programs meet requirements for every state. Students seeking licensure in states other than North Dakota should contact the appropriate licensing board in the state in which they are pursuing licensure. The Office of Extended Learning and Teacher Education Department can work with out of state students on an individual basis to determine licensing requirements.

Master of Arts in Teaching Fact Sheet

Admission Criteria for the MAT Program

Information for International Students

Graduate Admissions Application

Program of Study 

Graduate credit charges are $323.69 per semester credit (subject to change) and payable to the MSU business office by the third week of the semester. Contact the Business Office at 701-788-4757 for  more information.

What’s important for my students is having the chance to advance their careers through research opportunities. They might not get or have access to those at other institutions. They can present their work at local, regional, and international levels. Imagine that scope!

- Dr. Joseph Mehus