MEM or MF/Master of Arts in Teaching

Over the last several decades, international concern for protecting our ecosystems has led to an increased need to educate citizens on the challenges facing our environment. Numerous education programs are now aimed at K-12 students as well as the general population. Environmental education is of increasing importance to those who prepare to teach, particularly in the sciences. Duke’s concurrent degree program between the Nicholas School and the Graduate School allows students to meet this challenge by earning a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) or Master of Forestry (MF) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

In this concurrent degree program:

  • to earn the MEM or MF degree students must complete 36 units of credit in the Nicholas School, including a Master’s Project.
  • For the MAT degree, students will complete 30 units of credit, including a full-year teaching internship and all requirements for the North Carolina teaching licensure in comprehensive science at the high school level.

Competencies required by the state will be met through undergraduate courses taken prior to admission to Duke, science courses taken as part of the MAT or courses taken as part of the MEM or MF. Students will normally enroll in the MAT program during the summer and then complete an academic year of student teaching and MAT coursework prior to enrolling in the MEM or MF program for three semesters. Students electing to pursue the MEM or MF concurrently with the MAT must complete requirements for both degrees before either degree will be awarded. Students must apply to and be accepted by both the Nicholas School and the Graduate School of Duke University, citing the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Students admitted to the MAT program in comprehensive science must hold an undergraduate degree in one of the natural sciences with significant undergraduate preparation in biology and chemistry. Organic chemistry is required. Questions concerning the MAT degree should be addressed to the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Duke University, Box 90093, Durham, NC 27708-0093; telephone (919) 684-4353. Visit the program's Web site here.

Standardized Exams

Applicants wishing to pursue the MEM (Master of Environmental Management) or MF (Master of Forestry) combined with the MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) will need to submit an official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score. To find additional information about all standardized test requirements, go here:

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Degree Program Sequencing

Do the MAT first (one summer plus the following academic year), followed by 3 semesters in the NS (fall, spring, fall). (It is possible to come to the NS first, starting in January, but the MAT program needs to know exactly when you will be coming into that program in order to arrange student teaching assignments.) Sometimes MAT courses can satisfy prerequisites needed for the NS (e.g., statistics). MAT credits: 30; NS credits: 36.

Other Tips

MAT students should take some NS courses as part of their science courses for the MAT degree (these can satisfy the substance of NS requirements, but the credits count for the MAT). See note below on Graduate School enrollment requirements.

Graduate School Enrollment (MAT)

The Graduate School requires that you be registered at Duke continuously (or on official leave of absence). This requirement is satisfied either by your registration in your Graduate School degree program (MAT) or by your registration in the Nicholas School (MEM or MF).

The Graduate School further requires that you be registered in the Graduate School during the semester in which you complete all your requirements for your Graduate School degree (MAT). Students in the MAT program who find themselves using the NS “grace” period to finish their NS MPs should make sure that they request a “joint degree leave of absence” from the Graduate School for the period until they complete all requirements for both degrees.


Remember that when you commit to the concurrent degree program, with reduced credits for each degree, you won’t receive either degree until you’ve completed all requirements for both degrees, including your Masters Project.


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