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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

For the 2017-18 academic year, the tuition charge for MAT students will be $3,575 per unit. The MAT program is completed in three terms for a total of nine units beginning in the fall and ending the following summer.

Required Units

Term Units
Fall Term 4
Spring Term 3.5
Summer Term    1.5



Most students take prerequisites as part of their undergraduate program. The prerequisites are ED 419 and ED 420 or their equivalent. If needed, prerequisites are offered at Puget Sound during the summer prior to the beginning of the program. Tuition for these prerequisites is $2,685 per course. For more information, call 253.879.3382.

Financial Aid

Student Financial Services staff members are available to discuss financing options for the total cost of the MAT and M.Ed graduate programs. Financial aid available to graduate students is composed of federal loans and a limited number of departmental scholarships.

Eligibility for need-based financial aid is based on demonstrated financial need. Financial need is defined as the difference between the total cost of attending Puget Sound and the amount you are expected to contribute as calculated by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The cost of attendance is the total cost of tuition billed by the university, plus a standard calculation for room and board allowance, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.

The FAFSA must be completed each year. The first time you complete the FAFSA you will be considered for financial aid for the fall and spring terms. Because summer term is considered the start of an academic year, you must complete another FAFSA to determine eligibility for summer financial aid. Priority deadline for FAFSA renewal is March 1.

Estimated Financial Aid Available

Award Amount
Federal Stafford/Direct Loan $20,500

Additional Loan Resources 

Graduate PLUS Loan
Graduate students may pursue funding through the Federal Graduate PLUS loan program. Students may borrow a PLUS Loan for any year that they are enrolled at least half-time. The interest rate is fixed at 6.31%.  Please add the 4.276% loan origination fee to the amount you wish to borrow.  

Private Education Loan
There are many private lenders who offer private educational loans to students provided the qualifying credit and income criteria are met. You can compare options for private education loans through FASTChoice, a free online loan comparison tool.

Calculating the Cost of a Program

Colleges and universities use different methods to describe their courses. Some institutions use credits and others use units.

We use units to describe our courses. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program requires a total of nine units.

Other institutions may require 70 credits or more in order to receive the same credentials and master's degree. Typically one unit at University of Puget Sound is equivalent to six credits at an institution on the quarter system.

Financial Aid for MAT Students

Financial aid available to graduate students is composed of federal loans and a limited number of departmental scholarships. Scholarship recipients are selected based on their admission application; no separate application is required. Additional information is available by contacting Amy Ryken, dean of the School of Education.