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The BA/BS to MAT Accelerated
Degree Program
(Student Information)

A Collaborative Initiative Between the Colleges of Education and Arts & Sciences

The College of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences have collaborated to create a limited number of BA or BS to MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) degree programs. Students may complete the BA/BS to MAT Program in the following areas:

Get both your Bachelor's and Master's on an accelerated schedule!

These combined degree programs provide academically talented and educationally mature students the opportunity to fulfill integrated requirements of undergraduate and master’s degree programs on an accelerated track. The program allows students to count some of their graduate courses toward both degrees, thus reducing the time it would normally take to graduate by two semesters. The combined degree program reduces the cost of both degrees and enhances the marketability of students for career advancement.

Become proficient in your content area and become certified to teach in the process!

The Accelerated BA or BS to MAT Degree Program offers benefits for students who decide to pursue a career in the teaching profession. It provides the background within specific liberal arts disciplines and then allows students to take that knowledge into an accelerated master’s degree in teaching, designed around collaboration, academic excellence, progressive research, and ethical practices within diverse environments.


The BA/BS to MAT Program is designed for academically talented and educationally mature students who meet the following criteria:

  • are admitted to one of the participating undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences (Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Biology, Environmental Microbiology, Integrative Animal Biology, Interdisciplinary Natural Science, Marine Biology)
  • have completed at least 90 semester hours of coursework in one of the participating programs
  • have an earned grade point average of at least 3.0 both overall and in the major coursework
  • have no arrest record or have disclosed any record of previous arrests and/or convictions

Financial Aid
Financial aid funds may be available for the graduate portion of the program. Undergraduate degree costs should be satisfied with existing financial aid such as Bright Futures and Prepaid Tuition. The student is responsible for the difference in tuition costs between the undergraduate and graduate course rates. Prepaid tuition can fund the first 120 hours. Graduate courses that apply toward the undergraduate degree are funded at the undergraduate rate and the student is responsible for the difference. Students are advised to meet with a representative from Financial Aid prior to formal admission to the graduate program. Contact the USF Financial Aid Office at 813-974-4700 or visit their website:

Students admitted to the Science Teaching Accelerated Master’s Program (STAMP) may apply for a $20,000 scholarship from the Robert Noyce USF Scholarship Program for Science Majors.

Disclosure of Arrest and Conviction (click on this link for more information)
If you are interested in pursuing the BA/BS to MAT program and are concerned about how a previous arrest or conviction could affect your admission to or completion of the program, please contact Dr. Paulette Walker in the College of Education. She can research whether the issue is serious enough to prevent you from participating in the required internship placement. Dr. Walker can be reached at 974-1804.

Applying to the BA/BS to MAT Program
It is very important that students interested in the BA/BS to MAT Program work closely with their undergraduate academic advisor to ensure timely application to the program and a seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate status.

Please review and follow these steps carefully:

  1. Contact your Student Academic Services (SAS) undergraduate academic advisor in the relevant subject area:
  2. File an Accelerated Degree Program Interest Form.
  3. Submit the Interest form to your undergraduate advisor (instructions are on the form).
  4. When the time comes to apply for the graduate program, submit the Accelerated Degree Program Application.
  5. Provide an official copy of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) score report verifying passing scores on all four sections of the exam when submitting the Accelerated Degree Program Application. For more information about the GKT, please visit our Teacher Certification Exams page. For more information on Testing and Certification Services visit our Teacher Certification site.

NOTE: The test code for the GKT is 082.

In order to graduate with the MAT, students must complete all portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE). Official copies of score reports verifying successful completion of Professional Education Test and the applicable Subject Area Examination must be on file prior to the student's term of graduation.

Information on the FTCE (GKT and SAE) can be found on our Teacher Certification Exams and Testing pages, and at the following link:

Revised: 01/15/2015

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