What will I learn?

Texas State offers opportunities to work with outstanding faculty in a collegial atmosphere where mathematicians and math educators work closely together. The multi-faceted program offers a strong mathematics foundation and research opportunities through Math works, grant activities, and local school partnerships that prepare students to become leaders in mathematics education research.

Offered through the Department of Mathematics at Texas State, this Ph.D. program has a particular strength in the number of courses required in mathematics to complement courses in the teaching and learning of mathematics: Doctoral graduates will have completed a substantial mathematics core in addition to the mathematics education core, thus opening a wide variety of employment opportunities.

The program is designed for people whose career goals will take them into professional leadership roles involving mathematics education within the United States or internationally. Graduates of the program will be prepared for positions as mathematicians or mathematics-education faculty in colleges and universities; as decision makers in state or local education agencies; as researchers in think tanks, corporations, or not-for-profit organizations; as high-ranking staff in foundations or international organizations; or decision-makers within a national ministry of education.

Students beginning the program are expected to have an undergraduate degree in mathematics, mathematics education, or a related field. Students, especially those with a degree in a related field other than mathematics or mathematics education, may need to take background leveling courses. This would be decided on a case by case basis by the appropriate advisor and would be articulated at the time of admission.

Educational Goal

The educational objectives of the program in mathematics education are:

To develop a well-balanced foundation in mathematics content including in-depth understanding of basic principles.

To understand the mathematics needed for our rapidly changing technological society.

To link mathematics content to pedagogy for effective teaching that addresses educational needs through the entire P-20 continuum.

To understand how to design best and most effective curriculum and ways to deliver this curriculum.

To contribute to the knowledge in mathematics education by original research.

To produce Ph.D. graduates who can become the leaders in the state and the nation's educational community concerning the teaching of mathematics appropriate for the demands of the 21st century.

To produce high-quality teachers of mathematics at all levels.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (78 hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,600.00 per year
Summer tuition fee: USD $7,710; Given tuition fee is based on 9 hours per semester
Start date

18 January 2022


Texas State University

601 University Drive,



78666, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university and master's degree from a regionally accredited university in a field related to the proposed course of study. Minimum 3.5 GPA in all completed graduate course work.

For international students

Baccalaureate degree or higher (or the equivalent thereof) in mathematics, mathematics education, or a related field from a regionally accredited university

Minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

Official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall

Official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Application deadline: Fall Term - January 10; Spring Term – August 10

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.