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Admission Information

Admission Requirements, for the Ph.D. in mathematics education

To qualify for the doctoral program in mathematics education, you must have:

  1. Baccalaureate degree or higher (or the equivalent thereof) in mathematics, mathematics education, or a related field from a regionally accredited university
  2. Minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  3. Official GRE (general test only) scores required with a preferred minimum of 300 (verbal and quantitative sections combined)
  4. Statement of purpose (500 words) describing your background and professional goals, including your rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree in mathematics education and your teaching philosophy
  5. Resume/CV
  6. Interview with faculty
  7. Three letters of recommendation addressing your professional and academic background as well as research and teaching potential
  8. Two years of teaching experience
  9. International applicants:
  • Official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • Official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Candidates who do not meet the above requirements may apply for provisional admittance. Provisions will be specified by the Doctoral Program Committee in cases where the appeal is granted.


Application Process for the Ph.D. in mathematics education

In order to give you full consideration for admission The Graduate College must receive the documents listed below prior to the application deadline.
  1. Completed Application for Admission to The Graduate College
  2. Official Copy of Transcripts
    • If you are a Texas State University degree recipient or are currently enrolled, you need to request transcripts from any colleges NOT listed on your Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.
    • Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each four-year college or university from which credit was received.
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score
    • Request that an official score report be sent to The Graduate College.
  4. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if English is not your native language or if you are not eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver as determined by the Office of The Graduate College.
    • Request that an official score report be sent to The Graduate College.
  5. Three letters of recommendation discussing your professional and academic background as well as your research and teaching potential.
  6. Current vita
  7. A Statement of Purpose of approximately 500 words describing your background and professional goals, which should include a rationale for pursuing your chosen graduate degree program and teaching philosophy.
If you wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistant (TA) position, provide in addition:
  1. Completed Texas State Faculty Employment Application form which discusses your professional and academic background as well as your research and teaching potential prior to the deadline.
Before you can be accepted into the program you must have an interview with a program faculty member (by telephone is acceptable).