Mathematics Education (Ph.D.)

The program is designed to provide students with depth and breadth in the fields of both mathematics education and mathematics, preparing students for educational and research leadership. The program is designed to advance forefront knowledge in mathematics education.

Admission Requirement

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Mathematics Education degree must have BA or BS from an accredited college or university. Successful candidates typically have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or mathematics education and/or advanced coursework in mathematics.


Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the program.

Students are advanced to candidacy after meeting the following requirements:

Required Courses
Advanced Coursework in Mathematics
MATH 951Algebra I3
MATH 952Algebra II3
MATH 953Analysis I3
MATH 954Analysis II3
MATH 955Topology I3
Advanced Coursework in the Major Field (Mathematics Education)
MATH 958Foundations of Math Education1
MATH 959Introduction to Research Design in STEM Education3
MATH 968Topics in Mathematics Education I (A)3
MATH 968Topics in Mathematics Education I (B)3
MATH 978Topics in Mathematics Education II (at least two semesters)6
Two additional courses in research methods (one qualitative, one quantitative), typically:
EDUC 904Qualitative Inquiry in Research4
MATH 835Statistical Methods for Research3

Successful completion of written comprehensive examinations in algebra, analysis, mathematics education and an elective subject.

Successful completion of a minor program of study (usually a related one, such as educational psychology or research methodology, but possibly in an area of mathematics) followed by the minor presentation.

Successful completion of a dissertation proposal defense in the major field of mathematics education. 

Experience in teaching equivalent to at least half-­time for one year typically through assistantship assignments.


Students must complete and submit a dissertation that involves original research in mathematics education.

  • Demonstrate deep knowledge of graduate level mathematics content: algebra, analysis, topology.
  • Demonstrate competency in the minor field of study different from, but related to mathematics education (e.g., mathematics, statistics, linguistics, research methods, other sciences, STEM disciplines).
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct and communicate foundations of mathematics education research, theories of mathematics teaching and learning, and mathematics curriculum.