Mathematics (M.S.T.)

Mathematics (M.S.T.)

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Why get a Master of Science for Teachers degree in mathematics?

This specialized master’s degree in mathematics is designed for experienced teachers of secondary and middle school mathematics. The program provides a broader and deeper background in several areas of mathematics and mathematics education, including algebra, geometry, discrete mathematics, analysis and probability and statistics. The M.S.T in mathematics features a strong emphasis on mathematics content and provides the opportunity to make connections between advanced mathematics and pre-college mathematics. Teachers completing the degree may use it to advance in leadership opportunities within their school or district. The degree also may serve as the foundation for more advanced studies, such as a doctorate in mathematics education.   

Why choose UNH’s mathematics master’s degree program?

The UNH M.S.T. in Mathematics is offered during the summer months and provides flexible pathways that can be tailored to individual goals. Participants have the opportunity to interact with UNH faculty and other educators from across the country in small class sizes. 

Potential career areas

  • Academia 
  • Leadership roles in education 
  • Mathematics teaching
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Kingsbury Hall, W383
33 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2320

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Curriculum & Requirements

Beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year, the Master or Science for Teachers program in Mathematics will no longer be accepting new students. Current students will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate.

The Master of Science for Teachers program in Mathematics is designed to enable teachers to:

  • deepen and broaden their mathematics background in core areas of geometry, algebra, and analysis
  • explore new content areas of mathematics
  • interact with supportive faculty and students in small classes
  • share ideas and teaching approaches with teachers from different areas of the country and of the world
  • consider perspectives which allow them to help their own students learn mathematics more effectively
  • participate in workshops and seminars to extend their knowledge of mathematics and to promote innovative teaching

The program features a strong emphasis on mathematics content, while also providing opportunities for teachers to consider alternative approaches to pedagogy. The program is typically completed in three summers and is designed primarily for experienced teachers of secondary school mathematics.

Admission Requirement

Applicants for the degree of master of science for teachers (M.S.T.) in mathematics usually possess a background equivalent to at least a minor in mathematics and must have completed education courses sufficient for certification, or have three years teaching experience, or currently hold a full-time teaching position.


Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the MST program.

M.S.T. Degree Requirements

The program requires 30 credit hours of coursework, as outlined below:

MATH 900Bridges from the Classroom to Mathematics1
MATH 905Euclidean and non-Euclidean Geometries from a Synthetic Perspective3
MATH 906Analytic and Transformational Geometry3
MATH #909Probability and Statistics for Teachers3
MATH 913Graph Theory and Topics in Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 915Algebraic Structures3
MATH 918Analysis of Real Numbers3
MATH 925Problem Solving Seminar3
Select at least eight additional credit hours from courses numbered MATH 900-MATH 9298
Total Credits30

In addition, a concluding experience consisting of a mathematics portfolio and a comprehensive problem set is required.

  • Demonstrate a deep and broad understanding of graduate level mathematics appropriate for teachers in the core areas of geometry, algebra and analysis.
  • Possess specialized breadth in additional areas of mathematics beyond the core areas.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make connections between areas of mathematics and between the mathematics they are learning and the mathematics they are teaching.


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission.

NOTE: This program has been SUSPENDED effective June 1, 2023.

  • Fall: N/A
  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH or Granite State College (GSC) after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester, UNH Non-Degree work and GSC. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload a copy (PDF) of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted, you must then request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program-specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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The Master of Science for Teachers is a graduate degree program in mathematics at the University of New Hampshire, designed for secondary mathematics teachers. 

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