Admissions Procedure

Admission Criteria
Students are admitted to the Ph.D. program based on the analysis of a comprehensive set of measures used to determine their readiness for doctoral study. While admission is into the doctoral program (not into a master's level program), students may apply for a Masters of Science (MS) degree through the University Registrar's office in the progression towards completion of the doctorate.
Prospective students will meet the following criteria for admission into the program:

  1. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all post-secondary education. Students will be required to submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  2. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination.
  3. Where applicable, a minimum TOEFL score of 500 (paper version) or 213 (computer version)

Criteria for admission are based on providing evidence of ability and motivation to succeed in a mathematics education research program, with potential to make a scholarly contribution to the field. As a field of research, mathematics education draws on an eclectic blend of disciplines. As such, the Ph.D. program is intentionally designed to be inclusive of applicants with diverse backgrounds of academic preparation in the technical and social sciences. It is anticipated that this diversity will enrich not only the overall experience of all doctoral students in the program, but the potential contribution students can make to mathematics education research. It is preferred that an applicant holds an appropriate Master's Degree for admission into the program.

This diversity notwithstanding, any perceived deficiencies in the applicant's previous course work that should be addressed by additional pre-requisite preparation will be determined by the Graduate Program Director in consultation with the Graduate Committee and stated along with the official notification of admission. Students will be expected to meet any program deficiencies before qualifying for the Production Phase (Advanced Doctoral Phase).