The Math Education Ph.D. program takes anywhere from 72 to 90 semester hours to complete. Applicants must have an undergraduate major in mathematics or the equivalent; a master's degree in mathematics, mathematics education, or education; a 3.00 g.p.a. or above; and, except in unusual circumstances, a current teaching license/certificate and at least two years of teaching experience. Credit earned more than 10 years previously must be updated.

    Application Deadline

    • March 1 (Fall semester)
    • October 1 (Spring semester)
    • March 1 (Summer session)

    Admission Requirements

    • A bachelor’s degree in mathematics (or the equivalent) from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
    • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test  combined score (verbal and quantitative) of 300 (preferred)
    • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
    • Hold a license/certificate to teach school mathematics
    • Two years of teaching experience (strongly preferred)

    Application Procedure

    1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
    2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
    3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
    4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

    Required Supplemental Materials

    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
    • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
    • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
    • A statement of purpose
    • Three letters of recommendation*

    * You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.


    Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services, 319/335-5260,

    We look forward to receiving your application!

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    Application Deadline
    • March 1 (Fall semester)
    • October 1 (Spring semester)
    • March 1 (Summer session)