Mathematics, Mathematics Education Concentration, M.S.


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Mathematics, Mathematics Education Concentration, M.S.

The Mathematics Education Concentration of the Master of Science in Mathematics in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences provides students with a deep and comprehensive foundation in advanced mathematics at the Masters' level. The Mathematics Education concentration is designed for (a) mathematics teachers who wish to significantly increase and deepen their mathematical knowledge and/or teach dual enrollment courses, (b) individuals who would like to pursue teaching mathematics at the community college level, and (c) individuals with a bachelor's degree in mathematics (or in a related area with a minor in mathematics) who eventually wish to obtain a terminal degree (Ed.D. or Ph.D. related to mathematics education).

Students take courses in advanced mathematics that will build upon their undergraduate mathematics courses. This includes both theoretical mathematics courses and mathematics courses which examine secondary mathematics from an advanced perspective that is consistent with graduate level rigor. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and engage in research related to the teaching and learning of mathematics under the guidance of mathematics education faculty prolific in conducting research in this area.

The program can be customized to meet the individual needs of students and provides opportunity for close faculty-student interaction.


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A majority of M.S. in Mathematics graduates pursue doctoral degrees. Many of our graduates go on to obtain a Ph.D. in mathematics; others enter MTSU’s Computational and Data Science (COMS) or Mathematics and Science Education (MSE) Ph.D. programs.

Pure and Applied Mathematics concentration graduates pursue a variety of career paths. Many of these graduates go on to obtain doctoral degrees and a majority build careers in academics and/or mathematical research. Other graduates pursue careers in applied industry where they often work as data analyst. Finally, some graduates build careers in seemingly unrelated fields where they heavily utilize the advanced problem-solving skills they learned as mathematicians.

Mathematics Education concentration graduates often continue teaching at secondary and early tertiary levels. The advanced credentials and subject knowledge gained through this program enable these graduates to teach high school courses with increased mathematical rigor, transition to community college teaching, and teach dual enrollment courses. Other graduates of this concentration go on to pursue doctoral degrees in mathematics education and build careers in academia and research.

Actuarial and Financial Mathematics concentration graduates often begin careers as actuaries immediately upon graduation. Indeed, these students typically pass multiple actuarial exams prior to graduation and frequently find employment at their internship site. Other graduates from this concentration go on to pursue doctoral degrees in financial/actuarial mathematics and related fields such as computational and data science.

Select doctoral programs accepting our recent M.S. in Mathematics graduates:

  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of South Carolina
  • Baylor University
  • University of Denver
  • Iowa State
  • University of Toronto
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Florida
  • Central University China
  • Binghampton University
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Northwestern University
  • Waterloo University
  • University of Auckland







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