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Mathematics education is an integral part of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University. It is now generally accepted that reforming mathematics education requires understanding and accounting for the interplay amongst cognitive, social, cultural, and institutional forces. As such, mathematics education research is inherently interdisciplinary. It draws substantively from mathematics, education, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. While mathematics is at the program’s core, students in the program develop expertise in multi-theoretical perspectives on the dynamics of mathematics teaching and learning and develop skills in multi-method approaches to empirical inquiry in these same areas.
This interdisciplinary program accommodates students from a variety of academic backgrounds. It provides students with a solid foundation in graduate-level mathematics as well as research skills and perspectives that will allow them to deal broadly with problems of mathematics teaching, learning, curriculum, and technology. Conducting individual and collaborative research in the teaching and learning of mathematics is an integral part of the program.
For a complete list of the research projects at the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences go to Research.
The approved faculty PhD advisors for Mathematics Education are https://math.asu.edu/graduate-faculty/LAMTEPHD.
Students making satisfactory academic progress in the Mathematics Education PhD program are eligible to compete for a maximum of five years of financial support either as teaching or research assistants. The stipends are competitive. Summer assistance is also often available. Click on the Financial Support tab above for more details.
Applicants must submit the Graduate College online application. Minimum background for consideration of admission to the graduate program in mathematics education includes a
There are four essential components to a Ph.D. in mathematics education:
Details of these four components along with a typical timeline are given below.
Year 1 – Mathematics Education PhD students are required to take four courses from mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, or mathematical biology. Students must attain at least a B in each course and a combined course GPA of at least 3.00 from all four courses.
Year 2 – Students must take the second year-long sequence in mathematics education (Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education III and IV), receiving at least a B in each course. In addition, the student takes 6 hours of research or electives and 6 hours of research methodology, maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better. Students will submit a research proposal to a regional or national mathematics education research conference. This may be done collaboratively with other graduate students or with an advisor. Students must select a dissertation advisor by the end of the third semester and, in consultation with the advisor, submit a plan of study (iPOS) by the end of semester three.
Year 3 – Students take 18 hours research or electives, present and defend a dissertation proposal, and submit a research manuscript to a mathematics education research journal. Typically this will be done collaboratively with other graduate students or with an advisor.
Years 4 and 5 – Students continue to maintain an overall 3.0 GPA, collect and analyze data for the dissertation study. The student writes and defends the dissertation.
All PhD graduate students must attend 75% of the Colloquium/Distinguished Lecture Series for four semesters of their graduate program. For further information on the PhD program in mathematics education, contact the graduate director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PhD application deadline is January 1, if you want to compete for a teaching assistant position.
Applications are accepted for fall admission only. We do not accept applications for spring admission. The graduate review committee will begin reviewing completed applications for admission and teaching assistantship positions beginning after January 1 for fall admission. The first round of offers for TA support will be made by late February. Only those receiving an offer will be contacted.
PhD application deadline is July 1, If you are applying for admission only and are not competing for TA support.
Applications still considered incomplete by the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences after July 1 will likely not be evaluated by the graduate review committee in time to be considered for admission for that current year. International applicants may want to allow an additional 4-6 weeks for I-20 and visa processing and should pay careful attention to the I-20/DS-2019 important deadlines.
See Graduate Admissions for additional information on non-refundable application fees and the late processing fee.
The requirements for each degree are listed on this website, and each applicant is evaluated not only on test scores and grades, but their personal statement and letters of recommendation. Only completed applications submitted through the on-line process will be reviewed.
We receive many inquiries asking for a pre-evaluation to see if an applicant would be eligible to apply or make suggestions on their credentials. Unfortunately we are not able to review any application information sent to us.
You can apply online to the graduate program and can check your application status with Graduate Admissions by using MyASU. Your privacy is protected by the use of an ASURITE User ID and password. If you are new to ASU, your ASURITE User ID and instructions for its activation can be found on your application acknowledgement letter. If you need the application materials mailed to you, contact the Graduate Admissions office.
The following items are required before an application is considered complete and ready for review by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. All application materials, with the exception of official transcripts, should be submitted online to Graduate Admissions.
The highest standards of academic integrity and compliance with the university’s Student Code of Conduct are expected of all graduate students in academic coursework and research activities. The failure of any graduate student to uphold these standards may result in serious consequences including suspension or expulsion from the university and/or other sanctions as specified in the academic integrity policies of individual colleges as well as the university.
Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication of data, tampering, plagiarism, or aiding and/or facilitating such activities. At the graduate level, it is expected that students are familiar with these issues and that each student assumes personal responsibility in their work.
Due to the number of applications we receive, you will not be notified by the school until a decision has been made on your application. You are encouraged to check your application status on MyASU or e-mail email@example.com. Include your name and ASU ID number on all correspondence to the school.
If I send my application information in via email, can I receive a pre-evaluation to see if I am eligible to apply?
We receive many inquiries and applications; therefore, we are not able to review your scores to determine your eligibility to apply or make suggestions on your credentials. The requirements for each degree are listed on our website, and each applicant is evaluated not only on test scores and grades, but their personal statement and letters of recommendation. Only completed applications will be reviewed.
What semesters are applications accepted?
Our School only accepts applications for the fall semesters.
When do applications need to be submitted?
If you are requesting funding from the School, all application materials must be received by January 1. We will continue to accept application materials until July 1 for that current semester. International applicants should be mindful of the deadlines for issuing I-20/DS-2019 documents.
Do all supporting application materials need to be submitted and received by the application deadline?
Supporting materials can be submitted after the deadline; however, preference for funding requests is given to students whose applications are completed by the deadline.
What are the prerequisites for the degree programs?
All of the School's degree programs require that you have completed a Bachelor of Science in mathematics or a related field and that you have successfully completed both Linear Algebra (ASU equivalent of MAT 342) and Advanced Calculus (ASU equivalent of MAT 371) with a grade of B or better prior to admission.
Is a Master’s degree required to apply for the PhD program?
Domestic students applying to the PhD program must have completed a Bachelor of Science in mathematics or a related field. Due to the differences in the international education system, all international applicants must confirm that their degree(s) will meet the Graduate Admissions requirements.
How many students will you admit this year?
Our School typically admits 100 students each year, 55 domestic and 45 international. Funding offers and renewals are given to approximately 60 to 70 students each year.
Is the subject GRE test required?
The general GRE test is required for all graduate programs; however, the subject test is not required.
What is the minimum acceptable TOEFL score?
The minimum acceptable TOEFL score required for admission by the ASU Graduate Admissions is 80 (iBT). If you are requesting TA funding the School requires a minimum score of 100 (iBT).
See the English Proficiency requirements on the ASU Graduate Admissions website.
Can IELTS scores be used for English Proficiency?
Yes, the IELTS is accepted at ASU for the English Proficiency requirement. See the English Proficiency webpage.
Do I have to submit TOEFL scores if I have been attending school in the United States?
Visit the Graduate Admissions' policies and requirements on English Proficiency.
Do I need to request that ETS send my official GRE and TOEFL scores?
Yes, we cannot make a final recommendation on your application until we have received the official test scores from ETS. Copies are not accepted and should not be mailed to the School.
Where should I have my official documents sent?
All official application materials should be sent to ASU Graduate Admissions:
To expedite the processing of your application, please write your application reference number on all documents and envelopes submitted to ASU. Materials submitted without your application reference number will delay the processing of your application.
If sending by U.S. Mail:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
Where can I find the form for recommendation letters?
There is no form for recommendation letters. They are submitted electronically. You will enter the recommender information on the online application and an email will be sent to each recommender requesting an electronic letter submission for your application.
My recommender will only complete a paper recommendation, where can he/she send it?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept letters of recommendation on paper; all letters must be submitted electronically using our system.
What if my recommender needs the email request resent?
If your recommender needs the email resent you can log in to MyASU and resend the email to your recommender.
Which faculty are actively recruiting students for research assistantships? Can I contact them directly?
Faculty research requirements change constantly and we are unable to provide a list of actively recruiting faculty. Faculty do have access to view all incoming applicants and typically notify our office or contact the student themselves if a strong applicant shows an interest in their research and has been accepted into the program.
You can view the different research areas and faculty in our Research section of our website. Faculty will often discuss research projects by email with enthusiastic applicants.
What kind of financial support is available through the School?
Eligible applicants who are admitted into the program have the opportunity to apply for a teaching assistantship. See our financial support section for additional information.
Download the Graduate Teaching Assistantships Info flyer for more details.
Is there a funding application which must be completed?
No, the information required for the application is included in the online Graduate Admissions application.
How can I check the status of my application?
Log in to MyASU. Your log in information is located in the application confirmation email sent to you from the Graduate College. If you have difficulties logging in contact their office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will a decision be made on my application?
Our Graduate Review Committee is continuously reviewing applications to all Graduate Programs and strives to return admission decisions within two weeks of a completed application. Teaching assistantships are highly competitive. Applications for them will be reviewed in early January and first offers will be made by mid January.
Where can I find information about the Graduate Admissions application and how do I contact their office if I have a question?
General information regarding the online application form can be found on the ASU Graduate Admissions website and their office can be contacted via email at email@example.com.