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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. A bachelor's or master's degree in mathematics, mathematics education, or a related field;
  2. A 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned before receipt of your bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate or professional work) or a GRE Mathematics subject test score of 75th percentile or greater.
  3. A preferred combined verbal and quantitative score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of 1,100 or higher;
  4. Demonstration of interest in a career as a mathematics educator evidenced by:
    • A Statement of Purpose of approximately 500 words in length describing your background and professional goals. This should include a rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree in mathematics education and teaching philosophy;
    • An interview with program faculty;
  5. A strong professional and academic background evidenced by:
    • Three letters of recommendation discussing your professional and academic background as well as your research and teaching potential;
  6. For international students: A preferred score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or on the internet-based TOEFL a minimum 78 total score with 4 minimum section scores, 19/Reading, 19/Listening, 19/Speaking, 18/Writing.

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).