Admission Requirements

Applicants to the master’s degree in Teaching Chinese should have a GPA of at least 3.0. International students for whom English is a foreign language will need TOEFL or IELTS scores demonstrating English proficiency.

Application Procedure

The deadline for Fall admission is: May 1.

The deadline for Spring admission is: November 1.

The deadline for Summer admission is: May 1.

Applications may be submitted online at the following address:

Please note that all application materials must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at the online address above, not to the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. 

Application materials include:

  • A completed Rutgers University Graduate Admission Application form
  • A complete set of official transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement (2 pages maximum)
  • Application fee
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international applicants)
  • Advanced proficiency in Mandarin Chinese

For more information, please contact:

Patricia Badillo Salas
Program Coordinator
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
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Professor Wendy Swartz
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
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For the M.A.T. in Chinese, candidates are expected to complete a total of thirty credits.

The first 27 credits should normally be distributed over the following areas:

  • 9 credits in language (e.g., linguistics, grammar, writing, translation, language across the curriculum)
  • 12 credits in literature and/or culture
  • 6 credits in methodology (taken through the Rutgers World Languages Institute).
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
See Learning Goals for Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.) in Chinese for a more in-depth description of the program's aims.
In the semester after completing these 27 credits, students sign up for the 3-credit capstone course of the program, the Teaching Portfolio Project (16:617:599).  In this independent study course candidates, under the supervision of two Rutgers faculty members, put together a teaching portfolio that consists of lesson plans, realia, and supplementary teaching materials pertinent to the work situation of each candidate.  Of the 30 credits, candidates for the M.A.T. generally can take no more than 6 credits of advanced undergraduate course work towards the degree. Other options include: 
  •  Students may elect to take one course (three credits) in the Graduate School of Education (GSE), upon prior approval by the graduate director. 
  •  Students may, with the approval of the graduate director, participate in a summer graduate study abroad program and earn credits.
  •  The graduate director may accept up to 6 credits at the graduate level from another institution toward the fulfillment of degree requirements at Rutgers.  Transfer credits must have been taken at an accredited college/university, must be based on graduate level course work related to Chinese language, linguistics, literature, or history in classes taught in Chinese, and cannot have been counted toward any degree that you previously completed (no double counting, see Graduate School-New Brunswick Catalog 2008-2010, “Academic Policies and Procedures”).
Candidates for the M.A.T. program are admitted on the basis of prior academic or professional performance and need not submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The course requirements of this program may be satisfied by coursework taken during the summer session as well as the regular academic year.

Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.) in Chinese

The Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.) in Chinese is primarily designed for practicing Chinese language teachers at American secondary schools who wish to further develop their professional knowledge and skills. The program is also intended to serve the needs of those interested in pursuing a career related to Chinese language and culture teaching, especially at K-12 schools. It partially fulfills the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) requirements to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) to teach Chinese at K-12 schools in NJ. The M.A.T. in Chinese in itself does not lead to certification or a degree in education (see box below for more information). The program may also be of interest to Rutgers University undergraduates majoring in Chinese or related fields contemplating a career as Chinese language teachers in K-12 schools in NJ and elsewhere. The M.A.T. in Chinese is a terminal degree and does not lead to Ph.D. studies.

“Prospective students should be advised that [M.A.T.] programs do not lead to certification in teaching nor are they degrees in education, which are offered by the Graduate School of Education.” (Graduate School-New Brunswick Catalog 2008-2010) 

Those interested in a degree program in education should apply for the Rutgers Graduate School of Education’s (GSE) Certification Program in Foreign Language Education. Rutgers undergraduate students who intend to pursue a career in Chinese language teaching at K-12 schools might be interested in the K-12 Certification. Upon graduation, students in both programs receive an Ed.M. and full New Jersey State Certification to teach Chinese at the K-12 level.

Click here for additional information on the K-12 Teacher Certification Process in the state of New Jersey.

Admissions Requirements for the M.A.T. in Chinese Program

Minimum Requirements to Enter the M.A.T. in Chinese program:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree or higher with minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum of 3 years of formal instruction in Mandarin Chinese
  • For International Students only: TOEFL

Supporting Application Material to be Submitted When Seeking Admission to the Program:

  • Official transcripts: one set of official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (including Rutgers) is required
  • Three letters of recommendation: Letters should be written by people in supervisory positions (teachers, school officials, work supervisors, etc.) who are familiar with your academic and/or professional strengths. Letters can be submitted either electronically or through postal mail. In the latter case, please make sure that letters are sent in sealed envelopes to you for inclusion with other supporting materials.
  • A personal statement: a short essay of approximately 500 to 800 words about your plans for graduate study and your career goals is required. Include a brief description of your academic and/or professional background and qualifications, as well as your interest in the program.
  • A brief résumé or CV: this should include information related to your education and professional experience.
  • For International Students only: TOEFL Score (see below)

Other Relevant Information:

Transfer credits: The Graduate School - New Brunswick has very strict requirements as to transfer credits.  Credits from other schools can be transferred only if the course(s) for which the credits were earned:

  • Was taken at an accredited college/university
  • Was at the graduate level on a topic related to Chinese language, linguistics, literature, history, etc. and was taught in Chinese
  • Was not part of the curriculum for any degree that you previously completed

In addition, the Graduate School – New Brunswick limits the number of credits that can be transferred to 12 credits.

Minimum Duration of Course of Study: The 30 credits, representing at least one academic year of advanced study, must be completed no later than three years after first registration unless an extension of time is granted by the Graduate School-New Brunswick.

Continuous Registration: The student's registration in the Graduate School-New Brunswick must be continuous from the time of admission to graduate study until the time the degree is conferred.
Students who lapse their registration during a particular semester need to fill out a short application for readmission.  The relevant form can be downloaded at Please forward the completed and signed form to the Graduate Program Studies Director. At the moment the program does not provide any financial support, scholarships, or merit awards.

"No graduate student should regard a program of study as the mere accumulation of numerical credits and meeting of formal requirements. Progress toward mastery of a discipline depends largely upon the guidance of the professors in charge of the effort and upon the student's initiative."


For international students only:

TOEFL or IELTS is required of all applicants whose undergraduate education was completed in a non-English speaking country. Even if you hold a master's-level degree from a US or other english-speaking country you must still take the TOEFL or IELTS test. Scores must be current within 2 years of the applied semester.The only exemptions are for US trained undergraduates and international applicants coming from english-speaking countries. An undergraduate degree from a U.S. 4-year college or university satisfies the requirement. Applications missing required scores may not be reviewed by the admissions committee.The minimum Paper based TOEFL score is 550. 

The minimum Computer based TOEFL score is 213.

The minimum IBT-internet based TOEFL is as follows:

Writing 22
Speaking 23
Reading 21
Listening 17
The acceptable IELTS score is bandwidth 7. 

Individual programs may have higher requirements for language intensive areas, such as History, English, Psychology, and others.

For more general information for international students, see also: