MA in Mathematics Education

The MA in Mathematics Education is a research degree designed for experienced educators who wish to explore and improve math teaching and learning. We are focused on helping transition K-12 curriculum from an emphasis on algorithms to one which emphasizes conceptual understanding and problem solving.

Focus areas of research include:

  • STEM integration
  • Learning and cognition
  • Research on instructor preparation
  • Evaluation and assessment


Priority deadline: December 1
Admissions decisions: January

We have several funding options to support students full-time through program completion. In addition, working professionals can take this program part-time. Please consult an advisor for details.

See detailed admissions, tuition and funding information on the MA and PhD admissions page.


The MA program can be completed in two years of full-time study or can be completed in a longer timeline on a part-time basis.

To view the core curriculum and electives visit the MA in Education, Curriculum and Instruction page in the course catalogue and look under sub-plan for "Mathematics Education".

Two curriculum options are available for MA students. You can choose either a thesis (Plan A) or final paper (Plan B) to complete your degree.

Research opportunities

You can engage in research that advances the field of mathematics education and ties into your area of interest. Faculty work closely with you to achieve your research and educational goals and improve educational opportunities for students. Learn more about the student research experience in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

View faculty areas of research expertise.

Career outlook

Graduates of the MA in Mathematics Education have assumed positions as university faculty, instructional leaders in the public schools, curriculum development specialists, and assessment specialists. Many go on to earn their PhD in STEM education.

MA Math Education Faculty