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Master of Science In Mathematics Education

The Master of Science in Mathematics Education is a program designed for the professional mathematics educator. The primary objective of this program is to provide a mathematics graduate program with high standards dedicated to the promotion of teaching effectiveness.

Female Writing on BoardThe program is designed to give secondary and post-secondary mathematics teachers breadth and depth in mathematics, statistics and computing mathematics. A secondary objective is to provide curricula in the mathematical sciences which will meet the present and future needs of all students who want advanced study. Graduate courses for this program are available in the evenings and during summer sessions.



Requirements for Admission into the Program:

Admission in full standing to this degree program requires that the applicant meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.00 scale) or an average of at least 2.90 during the last half (approximately 60 credits) of undergraduate work.
  • Applicants must have taken 30 credits in mathematics, beginning with calculus, with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Mathematics courses should include two upper-level (proof-based) courses and statistics.
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Probationary or conditional admissions may be considered based upon individual merit.


Requirements for the Masters in Mathematics Education (for students beginning in Fall 2014)

1. Students will successfully complete 30 credits from the list below.

These courses must be chosen so as to meet the following requirements:

I. at least 18 credits must be numbered 700 or above;

II. at least 18 credits must have a MATH prefix;

III. at least two courses must be chosen from among MATH 712, MATH 714, MATH 716, MATH 718, SEC ED 715, SEC ED 739, SEC ED 791 and ED FOUND 770; and
IV. no more than one ED LDRSHP course may be counted among the 30 credits.

Any course not on the following list must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Courses Focused on Mathematics Content

MATH 546: Linear Algebra

MATH 547: Introduction to Group Theory

MATH 548: Introduction to Ring Theory

MATH 549: Introduction to Number Theory

MATH 575: Vector and Complex Analysis

MATH 601: Mathematical Statistics

MATH 667: Introduction to Real Analysis

MATH 680: Introduction to Topology

MATH 701: Workshop in Computing Math

MATH 702: Statistics Workshop

MATH 717: Non-linear Dynamics and Chaos

MATH 720: Combinatorial Math

MATH 722: Discrete Math

MATH 730: Advanced Euclidean Geometry

MATH 742: Abstract Algebra

MATH 757: Advanced Topics in Mathematics

MATH 746: Workshop in Current Topics

MATH 795: Mathematics Thesis (1 – 6 credits)

MATH 796: Independent Study in Math (1 – 3 credits)

Courses Focused on Mathematics Education Content (at least two of these are required)

MATH 712: Problem Solving for Teachers

MATH 714: Developing a Problem Solving Focus in Teaching

MATH 716: Research in Teaching & Learning Mathematics

MATH 718: History and Philosophy of Mathematics

SEC ED 715: Current Trends in Curriculum and Instruction (2- 3 credits)

SEC ED 739: Mathematics Curriculum

SEC ED 791: Improving Classroom Practices (1 -4 credits)

ED FOUND 770: Foundations in Educational Research

Courses in Educational Leadership (at most one of these may count toward the 30 credits)

ED LDRSHP 725: Evaluation of Educational Programs

ED LDRSHP 730: Leadership in Educational Systems

ED LDRSHP 754: Integrating Technology into Curriculum

ED LDRSHP 760: Teaching from a Distance

ED LDRSHP 762: Nontraditional Higher and Post-Secondary Education

ED LDRSHP: 763: Understanding and Facilitating Learning in Adulthood


2. A Comprehensive Exam is required as the culminating experience of the MS program.

Students preparing to take a comprehensive exam will register for MATH 799 (0 credits). The comprehensive exam will assess a set of three courses at the 600-level or above with a MATH prefix. The set of courses will be chosen by the student – in consultation with, and subject to the approval of – the Graduate Coordinator. A goal of the exam is to assess big ideas in both mathematics and in mathematics education. This exam may be taken at any time after the set of three courses has been successfully completed. A grade of “pass” is required in MATH 799 in order to complete the degree.


For additional information on UW Oshkosh graduate school policies and procedures, as well as how to apply for admission online, see

For more detailed information on the Master of Science in mathematics education program contact:

John Beam, Graduate Coordinator
Swart Hall 110
Mathematics Department
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8631
(920) 424-1058

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