Doctoral Program Director
Dr. Alex White
MCS, Room 470
MCS, Room 470
Texas State offers opportunities to work with outstanding faculty in a collegial atmosphere where mathematicians and math educators work closely together. The multi-faceted program offers a strong mathematics foundation and research opportunities through Mathworks, grant activities, and local school partnerships that prepare students to become leaders in mathematics education research.
|Degree||Course Work||Dissertation||Total Hours|
|Ph.D.||60 hours||18 hours||78 hours|
|Fall||January 10||January 10|
|Spring||August 10||August 10|
|Summer I||No Admission||No Admission|
|Summer II||No Admission||No Admission|
The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.
Transcripts & GPA
- baccalaureate degree or higher (or the equivalent thereof) in mathematics, mathematics education, or a related field from a regionally accredited university
- a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
- minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.
Documents & Other Requirements
- interview with faculty
- 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
- three letters of recommendation addressing your professional and academic background as well as research and teaching potential
- two years of teaching experience. Read additional information below.
Review important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.
TOEFL or IELTS Scores
Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.
- 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
This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
Review important information about official test scores.
The deadline for applying for teaching assistantships is March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. The deadline for apply for graduate fellowships (only for new doctoral students) is February 22 for the fall.
Each student in the mathematics education program is expected to have two years teaching experience. If you have taught for two or more years at full-time status in the public school system, you will be considered to have met this requirement. If you have not met this requirement upon admission, you will be required to gain practical teaching experience before graduation. If you receive a teaching assistantship while in the program, each long semester you have a two-course assignment will count as one half of a year of experience. If you teach two summer sessions, you will be given credit for one long semester. In the event that you have other forms of practical teaching experience, the Ph.D. program director will determine the amount of credit received on an individual basis.