What Types of Programs Accept the MAT?

This is a tricky question to answer. Typically, the types of programs that accept the MAT are within the humanities or the “soft” sciences (History, Sociology, Psychology, etc.). Math focused programs, or those in the hard sciences (STEM fields), are—not surprisingly—less likely to accept an exam that features almost no math. That being said, the more important question is: does your program accept the MAT?

How do you know if your program accepts the MAT?

All graduate schools advise students of which specific exams they accept for admissions. Graduate exams are expensive and time consuming. Do not sign up for one unless you KNOW the programs you are applying to accept it! Don’t risk wasting time and money by taking a graduate exam before you check with your program to make sure the scores will be accepted. I would also advise against assuming that all, for example, education programs accept the MAT just because you saw one education program that did. Two programs in the same major can have drastically different test requirements. Always check with the school directly.

You can find this information on most school’s online websites (under admissions). If you cannot find it there, you can always email or call the school. Either way, you’ll save more time finding out now than if you accidentally study for an exam you won’t be able to use.

What if I want to take the MAT specifically?

Some of you may be specifically looking for programs that accept the MAT because that’s the exam you want to take, rather than the GRE or GMAT. Maybe you dread math and want to be measured against a test that is mostly verbal? Well, first of all, the maker of the MAT (Pearson) does not keep track of which programs accept the Miller Analogies Test, so you would have to check school by school to get that information.

Secondly, you should choose your program based on your educational, career, and financial needs, not on the admissions test. If you are considering the MAT, then you are probably interested in programs within the humanities. Well, those programs tend to focus on verbal scores. If you think you can do well on the MAT, then you can likely do well on the verbal section of the GRE, GMAT, or similar tests.

In short, always check with the school directly to see what graduate exams they accept, and always pick your program based on your educational needs, not on the exam.