Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Additionally, candidates must meet one of three requirements:

  • Majored at the undergraduate level in the field of certification sought from a GaPSC-accepted institution
  • Have a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment in the field of certification sought 
  • Completed content area coursework earned in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree or higher from a GaPSC-accepted institution (Number of coursework hours depends on transcript analysis)

Candidates must declare their desired field of certification prior to admission. Secondary certification fields include: Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, or Trade and Industrial Education. View a complete list of secondary fields here. The 5th year Secondary Education M.A.T. admits students once per year in May to Mercer’s Macon campus.


Required Application Materials Include:

Online Application for Admission to Mercer University

$25 Application Fee*

Official College transcript(s) submitted electronically to

Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) for Program Admission test scores*

GACE Georgia Educators Ethics Assessment completion certificate


As of August 11, 2017, neither the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) nor the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required for admission to Mercer University’s Master of Arts in Teaching programs.
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Admission Requirements

Application – Completed online application for admission
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Application Fee - Please include the $25 application fee ($50 for international applicants) in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Bank or credit cards are accepted, please do not send cash. Mercer students or alumni may enjoy a waived application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot be applied  toward tuition.


College Transcript(s) - Applicants must submit two official, sealed transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended, regardless of the length of stay or if the grades are listed  on another school's transcript. Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.


GACE for Program Admission Test Scores – Candidates must pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment or meet the exemption criteria specified at before the start of the program.

*Mercer University and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) have approved a temporary solution for Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Fall 2020 applicants who have not yet taken or passed all three sections of the GACE Program Admission Assessment. Mercer will grant conditional admission decisions to individuals who have submitted all application materials and met all other graduate admission requirements. Conditionally admitted applicants will be required to pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment by December 2020 to remain eligible for the program. Beginning mid-May, 2020, candidates will be able to register for the GACE Program Admission Assessment at home. For more information on this remotely proctored option, please visit the GACE website.


GACE Georgia Educators Ethics Assessment Completion Certificate – Candidates must present documentation that proves completion  or a passing score the GACE Georgia Educators Ethics Assessment before the start of the program.

Mail application materials to:

Mercer University
Tift College of Education, Graduate Teacher Education Admissions
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341-4155

Additional Requirements for International Applicants 

A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad must have an independent evaluation service evaluate their foreign educational credentials . A course-by-course and grade point average equivalent evaluation are admission requirements. For information about evaluation services, contact the Office of Admissions. You must submit an official sealed evaluation report with your application once complete.

B. Official Translations: Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations. 

C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores must not be more than two years old. Send official score reports directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.

Exception: International applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of “C” or higher do not need to completed the TOEFL.

D. Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US$25,000.

E. Visa Status: International applicants who are currently in the United States –submit documentation of your current visa status with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa, copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa, or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)

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