Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics and Science Education [Biological Education]

Program Director: Dr. Angela Barlow
Jones Hall 159
Graduate Analyst: Anita Hermes

The Mathematics and Science Education (MSE) Ph.D. program is designed to prepare graduates for positions in colleges and universities where they will conduct discipline-based research and prepare America's next generation of K-12 mathematics and science teachers, as well as for leadership positions in a variety of educational settings. The Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics and Science Education has four available concentrations: Biological Education, Chemical Education, Interdisciplinary Science Education, and Mathematics Education.


The goals of this program are to prepare students to:

  • understand the fields of mathematics and science education in terms of theory and practice, research, curriculum design, and student learning;
  • conduct original research that generates new knowledge about the teaching and learning of mathematics and science; and
  • assume leadership roles in mathematics and science education, including teacher education, discipline-based research, and curriculum and instruction.

The MSE program requires its graduates to:

  1. Develop substantial content mastery of mathematics and/or science
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of educational theories, research methodologies, and best practices
  3. Conduct discipline-based educational research (DBER) at the interface between the fields of mathematics or science and education

This program aims to produce college-level professors and researchers in mathematics and science education but will also prepare leaders in K-12 mathematics and science education whose jobs require them to perform, evaluate, and integrate the results of research in mathematics and science education into K-12 classrooms. This program will also improve the way K-16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses are taught.

A strength of the Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education is the individual attention available to the students and the strong mentoring relationship between the program faculty and the students. If you have any questions about the Ph.D. program, please contact the Graduate Program Director.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics and Science Education program, a student must submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

  • Online application and appropriate application fee
  • Official transcript of all colleges, universities (including business and technical schools). If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-US) institution, a course-by course analysis is required. Original non-US transcripts should be submitted directly to the evaluation service.
  • Official Test Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • MSE Supplemental Application (available here)


Submit Application Materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466