Sierra Nevada College’s graduate degree programs meld individualized professional teaching and mentoring with schedules tailored to the demands of adult lives.

Graduate Programs in Education


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

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, for individuals who want to become classroom teachers, leads to a Nevada Teacher License and master’s degree. The program is flexible, affordable, and provides an unparalleled level of faculty engagement. The full program is available in both northern Nevada, at our campuses in Reno and Incline Village, and in southern Nevada at our Las Vegas campus. All MAT classes are scheduled outside of school hours for the convenience of working teachers.

The program is approved by Nevada Department of Education, and leads to teaching credential options in Elementary (K-8), Secondary (7-12), Dual (K-12) Special Education, and Autism. After licensure requirements are satisfied, the MA requirements can be met with either a professional project or traditional thesis.

Master of Arts in Administration (M.A.A.)

The Master of Arts in Administration (MAA) is a principal preparation program for licensed teachers which leads to a master’s degree and an advanced endorsement in Administration. Courses cover both theory and practice of administration in education, and students extend their experience with a research project and internship semester.

The is split evenly between on-ground and online coursework, balancing scheduling flexibility with the stimulation and support of face-to-face interaction. All classes meet outside school hours to accommodate working professionals., and the program is available at both the Reno and Las Vegas campuses.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education (M.Ed) in Advanced Teaching and Leadership is designed for individuals who are credentialed teachers or work in education. The program leads to both a master’s degree and a specialization endorsement in Administrative Leadership or Teaching English as a Second Language. Classes are 100% online for maximum flexibility, and class assignments relate directly to your educational goals.The final project is an action plan designed to produce demonstrable change.

Dual Degree Program (B.A. + M.A.T.)

This combined program for undergraduate students enables you to gain your bachelor’s degree, teaching credential, and M.A.T. in approximately 5 years.

Low Residency Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Programs


SNC’s Low Residency MFA programs are challenging and inspiring two year commitments which alternate short but intensive bi-annual on-campus residencies with distance-learning semesters in which students are paired with accomplished professional mentors and teachers to hone their expressive voice within a context of creative exploration.

MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA in Creative Writing program is a transformative engagement and conversation with the art of writing. The residencies are eight day immersions in workshops, seminars, readings and discussions exploring all facets of the writing life. Each faculty member is a gifted and experienced writer committed to a focused, individualized relationship with each student they work with – the full list of current faculty can be found HERE.

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Applications Open | Program Begins July 2015
SNC’s new MFA-IA will open with its first residency in Summer 2015. The program’s interdisciplinary approach addresses the challenges and responsibilities faced by contemporary artists in an evolving global environment by focusing on the skill development, experimentation, and collaborative dialogue that fosters creative solutions and the practice of art.