Mathematics Education (Ph.D.)

Mathematics Education (Ph.D.)

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The program is designed to provide students with depth and breadth in the fields of both mathematics education and mathematics; preparing students for educational and research leadership. The program is designed to advance forefront knowledge in mathematics education through world-class cutting-edge research.

Admission Requirement

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.


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


Curriculum & Requirements

Students are advanced to candidacy after meeting the following requirements:

Required Courses
Advanced Coursework in Mathematics
MATH 951Algebra I3
MATH 952Algebra II3
MATH 953Analysis I3
MATH 954Analysis II3
MATH 955Topology I3
Advanced Coursework in the Major Field (Mathematics Education)
MATH 958Foundations of Math Education1
MATH 968Topics in Mathematics Education I (A)3
MATH 968Topics in Mathematics Education I (B)3
MATH 978Topics in Mathematics Education II (at least two semesters)6
Advanced Coursework in Research Methods
MATH 959Introduction to Research Design in STEM Education3
EDUC 904Qualitative Inquiry in Research4
MATH 835Statistical Methods for Research3

Successful completion of written comprehensive examinations in algebra, analysis, mathematics education and an elective subject.

Successful completion of a minor program of study (usually a related one, such as educational psychology or research methodology, but possibly in an area of mathematics) followed by the minor presentation.

Successful completion of a dissertation proposal defense in the major field of mathematics education. 

Experience in teaching equivalent to at least half-­time for one year typically through assistantship assignments.


Students must complete and submit a dissertation that involves original research in mathematics education.


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

  • Fall: Feb. 15 (for funding); April 1 (recommended US; final international); July 1 (final)
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: CT ME VT RI

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 after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. 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.

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

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

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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