The Master of Science in Mathematics provides teachers of secondary mathematics with additional content and pedagogical knowledge that will make them more effective in their profession.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students in this program will be expected to:
- deepen their comprehension of mathematics by studying advanced topics not covered in undergraduate curriculum and thus develop the dispositions of life-long learners of mathematics;
- develop as reflective practitioners, striving for continual improvement in their teaching and student learning;
- understand current research on teaching and learning mathematics, trends in mathematics curriculum, and the effective use of technology in the teaching of mathematics;
- acquire skills necessary to conduct research in mathematics education; and
- acquire skills necessary to make creative contributions to the field, such as writing, collecting data, and developing curriculum activities.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.
The Department of Mathematical Sciences may, at its discretion, admit an applicant with a GPA between 2.40 and 2.70 on an unconditional basis provided that the prospective student has both sufficient undergraduate course work and standardized test scores that meet any of the following standards:
• GRE (math subject area): 600 (45th percentile)
• GRE (general test quantitative reasoning): 720 (80th percentile)
• GMAT (quantitative): 50 (95th percentile)
The graduate application, application fee, and official transcripts are to be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office from each institution attended except Central Connecticut State University.
Course and Capstone Requirements:
(Plans A and C offered as options. No more than nine credits may be earned in 400-level courses.)
General Education Electives
As approved by faculty advisor
Total Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Secondary Mathematics Education
plus 6 credits chosen from:
Mathematics and Statistics Content
Total Credit Hours: 9 Credits
No more than six credits in courses with the STAT designation. One course must be STAT 453 unless this course was taken as an undergraduate.
Courses to be chosen from
Total Credit Hours: 12 Credits
Research in Mathematics Education
Total Credit Hours: 3 Credits
33 credits consisting of 30 credits from the above plus MATH 599 (3 credit thesis)
33 credits consisting of 30 credits from the above plus MATH 590 (3 credit-Special Project)
Note: Once a graduate student has elected one of the two plans, A or C, any change to the other plan must be made prior to the completion of 21 graduate credits and requires the approval of the student's advisor and the dean, School of Graduate Studies.