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Montgomery College Graduate and Transfer STEM Talent Expansion Program (GT-STEP)


Montgomery College (MC), supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is pleased to announce the establishment of a Graduate and Transfer Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Talent Expansion Program (GT STEP).  This five year, $1.8 million dollar program is designed to assist STEM majors (biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, or math) in acquiring their associate degrees and/or facilitating their transfer to a four-year institution.  If you are interested in joining the STEM community at MC, then the GT STEP program may be for you!


What are the advantages of becoming a member of the GT STEP Program?

  • Become part of a learning community of peers and faculty making you more likely to achieve a higher GPA and increase the likelihood of graduating with an associate degree.
  • Benefit from tutoring and personal mentoring/academic advice by MC's outstanding science, engineering, and math faculty.
  • Partake in independent research, paid internships, and interdisciplinary activities designed to pique and maintain interest in the STEM fields.
  • Receive assistance in preparing for transfer to four-year institutions. 
  • Qualify for up to $300/semester, during the first year, which can be used for tuition credit and/or bookstore voucher for STEM textbooks.

Who is eligible for the program?

Incoming and current MC students who have recently declared or plan to declare a major in STEM (Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering, or Math) are encouraged to apply.  Veterans and workforce development students interested in pursuing a degree in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply.

Acceptance of applicants is on a continual rolling basis. To be eligible you must complete a GT STEP application.


Students interested in the GT STEP program must:

  • declare a STEM major.
  • be a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits per semester).
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • be a U .S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee alien.

How to apply to the program?

Students interested in the GT STEP program should:

  1. Complete a GT STEP application.
  2. Submit a one-page personal essay (up to 300 words), describing your academic and career plans OR submit one (1) letter of recommendation from either a teacher or professional (STEM field preferred).
  3. Provide either Accuplacer, SAT, or ACT scores in Math, English and Reading (if not on file at MC).
  4. Submit an unofficial copy of your transcript (if available or not on file at MC).
  5. Applications can be found on our website:

What happens when I am accepted into the program?

Newly accepted GT STEP students will be paired with a STEM faculty member who will provide personal mentoring / academic advice. Students will then be enrolled on an as-needed basis in college non-credit or credit math courses (MATH 096, MATH 098, MATH 165, MATH 181, or MATH 182), reading courses (READ 099 or READ 120) and/or English courses (ENGL 001, ENGL 002, ENGL 101, ENGL 102) and may be eligible to receive partial tuition reimbursement for successful completion of said courses.  GT STEP Students will also be required to participate in at least two program sponsored events every semester.


How do I find out more about the GT STEP Program?

To find out more about the GT STEP Program, visit us on the web at or e-mail us at


Click here to download the Montgomery College GT STEP Program Application

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