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Master of Science in Mathematics: Education


A minimum of thirty six (36) semester hours is required to obtain a Master of Science degree in Mathematics. At least twenty four (24) must be in Mathematics at the 5000 level.


Degree Requirements

  1. Core courses: Zero to nine (0-9) hours, depending on whether these courses were taken at the undergraduate level

  2. Concentration: Twelve (12) hours chosen from one of four areas, including at least one two-semester sequence defined under that concentration.

  3. Area of application or internship: A minimum of six (6) hours.

  4. Electives: As needed to complete thirty six (36) hours. This may include three (3) hours for a special project, or as many as six (6) hours for a thesis.


Core Courses

  • Math 4500: Introduction to Analysis II

  • Math 4200: Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory

  • Math 4570: Complex Analysis Math 


Education Concentration

In order to ensure that students choosing the Education concentration have a broad mathematics background, they must complete at least one course from a required sequence in each of the other three concentrations (Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Pre-Professional) plus a second course to complete one of those sequences. 

In addition, students must complete 12 hours of Education courses; two of these courses (6 hours) count as the Area of Application described below. If not already taken, it is strongly recommended that these twelve hours be chosen from the following list of courses, since these are required for teacher licensure in Tennessee:

  • EDUC 5200: Social and Historical Foundations of Education 

  • EDUC 5210: Human Development Applied to Education 

  • EDUC 5220: Instructional Planning and Evaluation 

  • EDUC 5140: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms 

  • EDUC 5630: Literacy Instruction for Middle/High School Learners 

  • EDUC 5750: Educational Technology


If all these courses have been completed, other graduate courses from the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies may be chosen with the consent of the student's graduate program committee to complete the twelve hours.


Area of Application or Internship

Students must complete a minimum of six (6) credit hours in an area of application or an internship. The student and his or her graduate program committee will jointly decide upon the area of application or internship, and must be approved by the Graduate Coordinating Committee. It should be consonant with the chosen concentration. An oral presentation and a written report on the internship or area of application are required. Typically, students choosing an area of application will complete coursework in another department or college such as Business, Economics, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or Biology. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of this program, if a student chooses an area of application, the Graduate Coordinating Committee will ask that a representative from the outside area be added as an additional member of the student's graduate program committee. Students choosing the internship option will usually collaborate with a local business. Options include businesses in the health insurance field, industrial and manufacturing industries, engineering firms, etc.



Students must complete additional elective hours as needed to complete the degree. In addition, a special project (3 hours) or a thesis (6 hours) may be chosen to fulfill part of these elective hours. Prior to enrolling in MATH 5910 (Special Project in Mathematics), MATH 5980 (Research), or MATH 5990 (Thesis), a student choosing to do a project or thesis must have the topic approved by his or her graduate program committee and the Graduate Coordinating Committee, and must submit the committee form to the Graduate School for final approval.


For more information on graduate mathematics courses, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.