Mathematics education (PhD)

This degree is a doctorate of philosophy in learning, teaching and curriculum with an emphasis in mathematics education.

This program is part of the Mathematics Education Program housed in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.

The PhD program in mathematics education is designed to prepare you for a career in higher education and leadership positions in a variety of educational settings. This program aims to enhance your knowledge about the field of mathematics education and develop expertise in conceptualizing, conducting and reporting research studies.

This program is only offered on campus and does not lead to certification.


Degree Requirements

To receive a PhD in mathematics education, you must complete a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree.

The Program of Study is comprised of three major components:

  1. course work
  2. internships
  3. dissertation credits

A sample plan of study can be found in the MU Mathematics Education Ph.D. Program: Faculty and Student Handbook.


Admission Requirements

You must meet two sets of minimum qualifications in order to be considered for admission:

A committee of faculty members reviews your application’s credentials. You are not guaranteed admission even if you meet the minimum qualifications.

For more information

For specific questions or concerns about the PhD program in mathematics education, email faculty member James Tarr. Please see below for details on the application process.

How to Apply

In addition to completing the Graduate Studies application, you must submit the following materials to the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Personal Data Sheet
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)