**Chairperson: Rebecca L. Sanders, Ph.D.
Program Director: Marta Magiera, Ph.D.**

Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers website

## Degree Offered

Master of Science, students are admitted under Plan B (non-thesis option) but Plan A (thesis option) is also offered

## Program Description

Although the mathematics for secondary school teachers (MSST) program is designed for teachers, it is also open to others who want to deepen their understanding of post-baccalaureate mathematics and mathematics education. Students may also choose core courses from the computational sciences program. This program does not prepare students for doctoral studies in pure mathematics.

## Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree. Students whose previous mathematics course work was not at least equivalent to a minor in mathematics may be required to complete some prerequisite undergraduate courses before beginning master’s courses.

## Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. However, applicants should allow at least a month for the application process to be completed once all application materials have been submitted.

## Application Requirements

Applicants must submit, directly to the Graduate School:

- A completed application form and fee online.
- Copies of all college/university transcripts except Marquette.*
- Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's academic qualifications for graduate study in the intended program.
- (For international applicants only) GRE scores (General Test only).
- (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

* | Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. |

## Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers Master's Requirements

A master's student must complete a 30-credit plan of study prepared in cooperation with an adviser and approved by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.

A master's student is admitted to the non-thesis program (Plan B). A formal request to pursue a thesis (Plan A) must be approved by the department's Graduate Committee and the Graduate School.

All Plan A students in the mathematics for secondary school teachers specialization must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work. At least 12 credits of the total course work requirement must be taken at the 6000-level. In addition, students must complete six credit hours of MSCS 6999 Master's Thesis and submit a thesis that must be an original contribution to the student's field of study. A public defense of the thesis is required.

Required courses | ||

MSCS 5310 | History of Mathematical Ideas | 3 |

MSCS 6953 | Seminar in Mathematics Curriculum Development and Material 1 | 3 |

or MSCS 6954 | Seminar in Mathematics Curriculum Development and Material 2 | |

Elective courses | 18 | |

The Teaching of Mathematics | ||

Concepts in Geometry and Calculus from an Advanced Standpoint | ||

Concepts in High School Algebra and Number Theory from an Advance Standpoint | ||

Abstract Algebra 1 | ||

Theory of Numbers | ||

Foundations of Geometry | ||

Statistical Methods | ||

Probability | ||

Applied Mathematical Analysis | ||

Applied Linear Algebra | ||

Additional courses as approved by the Graduate Committee. | ||

MSCS 6999 | Master's Thesis | 6 |

Total Credit Hours | 30 |

All Plan B students in the mathematics for secondary school teachers specialization must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work. At least 15 credits of the total course work requirement must be taken at the 6000-level. In addition, students must complete a non-credit essay that reflects the student's ability to synthesize source materials relating to a particular area of research or professional practice. A public oral presentation of the essay is required.

Required courses | ||

MSCS 5310 | History of Mathematical Ideas | 3 |

MSCS 6953 | Seminar in Mathematics Curriculum Development and Material 1 | 3 |

or MSCS 6954 | Seminar in Mathematics Curriculum Development and Material 2 | |

Elective courses | 24 | |

The Teaching of Mathematics | ||

Concepts in Geometry and Calculus from an Advanced Standpoint | ||

Concepts in High School Algebra and Number Theory from an Advance Standpoint | ||

Abstract Algebra 1 | ||

Theory of Numbers | ||

Foundations of Geometry | ||

Statistical Methods | ||

Probability | ||

Applied Mathematical Analysis | ||

Applied Linear Algebra | ||

Additional courses as approved by the Graduate Committee. | ||

Total Credit Hours | 30 |