Mathematics Education Ph.D.


The Mathematics Education Ph.D. Program at UNH began in 1973 and is related closely to the Department's Ph.D. Program in Mathematics. The program is designed to provide students with depth and breadth in the fields of both mathematics education and mathematics and prepare students for educational and research leadership.

Program Overview

The program provides doctoral candidates with strong foundations in mathematics education research, theories of mathematics teaching and learning, and mathematics curriculum. The degree also requires completion of graduate mathematics coursework in algebra, analysis, and topology. The PhD dissertation is a scholarly study which involves original research in mathematics education. Doctoral candidates will be prepared to conduct research in mathematics education; to teach mathematics education courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels; and to teach mathematics courses at the undergraduate level. Graduates will be able to work in a variety of fields such as faculty positions in college or university departments of mathematics education, mathematics, or education; mathematics curriculum coordinators; mathematics professional development coordinators; positions in school districts or state departments of education; publishing companies; federal agencies; or professional organizations.


Admission Criteria and Deadlines

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Mathematics Education degree must have BA or BS from an accredited college or university. Successful candidates typically have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or mathematics education and/or advanced coursework in mathematics.

Although teaching certification, prior teaching experience, or an education background sufficient for certification is not required, candidates often find such a background helpful at various points in the program or when searching for jobs once the degree is awarded. There are opportunities, for interested students, to gain these experiences during the program.

Note that the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for application.
All applicants from non-English-speaking countries must, in addition to all of the above, provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Gradution Requirements

The program is designed in such a way that required coursework and comprehensive exams can be completed in two years, and research and dissertation study can be completed in the following two years. Completion of a core set of courses and electives in mathematics and mathematics education, comprehensive examinations in algebra, analysis, mathematics education, and an elective area, completion of a minor program of study, teaching experience through assistantship assignments, qualifying examination, and a doctoral dissertation.

For details of the graduation requirments please see Graduate Handbook.