PhD in Mathematics Education

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The PhD in Mathematics Education emphasizes the development of scholarly attainment in the theory, research, and practice of mathematics education. Graduates of this program are prepared to be faculty members in research-focused colleges or universities, researchers in non-academic institutions, or leaders in schools, universities, research facilities or other settings in which mathematics education takes place

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 5 years on average
  • Time Commitment: Full-time
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall term
  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • Course Requirements: 90 credits
  • Application Requirements: GRE exam is not required

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Program Details

From the beginning of the program, you will have the opportunity to work with faculty in research activities. You will develop your own corresponding lines of interest and will pursue them through the dissertation phase and beyond. 

Potential areas of work include studying student and teacher learning, particularly in urban settings, with respect to race and other issues of equity.

Topics of study include the following issues:

  • Identifying mathematics instructional practices that provide high-quality learning opportunities to all students
  • Studying how teachers can be supported to develop high-quality and equitable forms of practice
  • Understanding how students’ and teachers’ learning is influenced by the larger institutional settings in which they study and work



There are no specific prerequisites for this degree/certification, but interested students should verify that they fulfill the admissions requirements.

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Career Pathways

Graduates of this program pursue different educational opportunities, including as:

  • Faculty members in research-focused colleges or universities
  • Researchers in non-academic institutions
  • Leaders in schools, universities, research facilities or other settings in which mathematics education takes place