Interdisciplinary PhD in Mathematics and Science Education

Admission Information

Admissions will be based on a comprehensive assessment of an applicant's qualifications including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, and letters of recommendation. Applicants must

  1. Formally apply for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and fulfill all requirements, including submission of official transcripts from all academic work and official scores on the Graduate Record Examination.

  2. Have a grade point average (GPA) in their previous academic degrees that indicates potential for success in doctoral-level study. Successful applicants typically present a minimum 3.25 GPA at the graduate level or a minimum 3.0 GPA when entering with a bachelor's degree.

  3. Submit scores for the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing measures of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which indicate potential for success in the MSE program. Although specific minimum scores are not set, evaluation of scores is an important factor in admission decisions.

  4. Provide letters of recommendation directly from at least three professors or professionals that address the candidate's potential for successfully completing an MSE Ph.D.

  5. All applicants to this degree program will either possess a mathematics or science undergraduate degree upon admission or will be required to earn a content master's (in math or science) as a part of their program of study.

  6. Applicants holding only a baccalaureate degree will be expected to have earned an undergraduate degree in an area of mathematics or science and will be expected to earn a master's degree in Science, Mathematics, or Education as they complete the requirements of the Ph.D.

  7. Applicants entering with a master's degree must have earned at least 24 semester hours of graduate mathematics, science, and/or education credit, corresponding to the concentration area that they select.

  8. International students must also meet the College of Graduate Studies requirement for proof of English language proficiency. This may be accomplished by submission of TOEFL, UMELI test, or IELTS scores that meet CGS requirements, or by successful completion of level 112 of ELS coursework.

Applicants who do not meet these minimums but whose application materials indicate high potential for success may be admitted conditionally and must meet the conditions of their admission in the time stated to remain in the program of study.

Additional Application Information

  1. The application deadline is March 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships for the following fall. Late applications may be considered but financial support is not guaranteed.

  2. Students currently in the Doctor of Arts Program in Chemistry at MTSU have the option of applying for admission to the Ph.D. program in Mathematics and Science Education. To do so, they must formally apply to the Mathematics and Science Education program and if accepted may not reenter the D.A. program. Doctor of Arts candidates making the transition to Ph.D. candidacy must satisfy all of the requirements of the MSE Ph.D. program.

  3. Additional hours may be required for completion of the degree program based upon an assessment of the applicant's prior preparation in the sciences.