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If you would like detailed information about this program, please contact:

John Beam, Graduate Coordinator
Mathematics Department
Swart Hall 110
(920) 424-1058


Master of Science in Mathematics Education

Course Requirements  |  Comprehensive Exam

Students must successfully complete 30 credits from the available courses below.

Courses must be chosen to meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 credits must be numbered 700 or above;
  • At least 18 credits must have a MATH prefix;
  • 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;
  • No more than one ED LDRSHP course may be counted among the 30 credits.

    If a student would like to take a course not included on the list below, it must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

    Mathematics Courses

    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)

    Mathematics Education Courses

    At least two mathemathics education courses 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

    Educational Leadership Courses

    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


    A comprehensive exam is required as the culminating experience of the master’s 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.


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    Monday – Friday
    8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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    645 Dempsey Trail
    Oshkosh, WI 54902


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