Graduate Admissions


To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program, follow these steps: 
1. Submit your online application
An application fee of $75 is required. Online payments are accepted by e-check, MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express. A service fee of 2.7% is applied to all credit/debit card transactions. E-check/ACH transactions can be made with no service fee.
2. Request official transcripts from all colleges attended
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. For a GPA below 2.75, please provide justification in your statement of purpose. See additional prerequisite course requirements below for each specialization.

3. Submit the following items: 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
    Statement should share your disposition for teaching and your current teaching philosophy
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores
    Scores should be no more than five years old

Acceptance to the program will require a clean background check. If there are special circumstances to consider regarding your academic and/or personal background, please submit a brief essay with an explanation. In addition, academic recommendations or an interview may be required. 

Completed application file will be reviewed for an admission decision within two weeks.

Prerequisite Course Requirements


    Biology Specialization

    A minimum of 20 hours in the following areas is required:

    • 6–8 credit hours in General Chemistry
    • 6–8 credit hours in General Biology
    • 4 credit hours from the following areas of Molecular and Cellulary Biology: Anatomy and Physiology; Genetics; Cell Biology; Developmental Biology; Biochemistry; Microbiology; Histology
    • 4 credit hours from the following areas of Ecological and Environmental Biology: Ecology; Botany; Zoology; Conservation Biology; Evolution

    English Specialization

    A minimum of 21 hours in the following areas is required:

    • 6 credit hours from the following areas of study: Technical Writing; Creative Writing; Journalism; Advanced Research and Composition; Composition and Rhetoric
    • 9 credit hours from the following areas of study: American Literature; British Literature; World Literature; Contemporary World Literature; Introduction to Literature
    • 6 credit hours in the following areas of study: Advanced Grammar; History of English Language; Linguistics; Theory of Drama; Theory of Fiction; Theory of Poetry

    History Specialization

    A minimum of 21 hours in the following areas is required:

    U.S. History
    • U.S. History Survey I
    • U.S. History Survey II
    • Any advanced coursework on U.S. history topics (ex. Civil War and Reconstruction, The Progressive Era, U.S. since 1945, The Civil Rights Movement, American Diplomatic History)
    World History
    • World Civilizations/World History I
    • World Civilizations/World History II
    • European History I
    • European History II
    • Any non-western history course (ex. History of Asia, Latin America, China, Africa, etc…)
    • Any advanced coursework on European or World history topics (ex. History of Epidemics and Disease, History of Globalization/Capitalism, Comparative History)
    Political Science
    • U.S. Government/Intro to U.S. Politics
    • Comparative Politics
    • Political Theory
    • State and Local Governments
    • Any advanced coursework in Political Science
    • Intro to Physical Geography
    • Intro to Human Geography Economics
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics Behavioral Science
    • Introduction to Psychology

Submit all documents to the Office of Admission at:

Office of Admission 
Lees-McRae College 
PO Box 128 
Banner Elk, NC 28604-0128 

Fax: 828.898.8707 

About the MAT Program

With a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (MAT), you can take what you already know, pair it with graduate-level instruction in education, and launch a teaching career.

Coursework is delivered in a variety of ways—on campus in the classroom, online through a computer, or even some combination of the two.

Learn more

Studying at Lees-McRae as an undergrad?

An early start means you can get both your bachelor's and master's degrees in five years! If you are majoring in history, biology, or English, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, you can bridge your undergraduate and graduate education. Students may enroll in courses approved for graduate-level credit as early as the spring semester of their junior year.

Contact to schedule an interview today!

What We Look For

Each application is reviewed individually and decisions of admission are based on the following:

  • Academic achievement and potential
  • Personal characteristics, motivation, and integrity
  • Leadership ability as demonstrated by participation in school, community, or religious organizations

Lees-McRae College reserves the right to revoke or deny admission or enrollment from students who knowingly mislead or present false information on the application. The college reserves the right to deny admission to any student if, in its judgement, the presence of that student on campus poses an undue risk to the safety or security of the college community. That judgment will be based on an individualized determination taking into account any information the college has about the student. A disciplinary matter or criminal conviction, whether occurring prior to the time of application, while the application is under review, or after the admission decision has been made, may affect the institution’s decisions regarding admission, enrollment, or course of study.

Contact Admissions

Physical Address:
Chaffee Center
191 Main Street
Banner Elk, NC
Mailing Address:
Office of Admission
PO Box 128
Banner Elk, NC 28604