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    Doctor of Philosophy in Collegiate Mathematics Education


    Joint Degree offered through the Department of Mathematics and Science Education and the Department of Applied Mathematics

    IIT has developed a joint Ph.D. program through the collaboration of the departments of Applied Mathematics (AM) and Mathematics and Science Education (MSED). The objective of the program is to provide advanced education in the teaching and learning of collegiate mathematics through coursework and original research. These advanced studies will enable graduates to teach a wide range of college level mathematics courses, conduct theoretical and practical research on collegiate mathematics teaching and learning, or develop and evaluate college mathematics curriculum.

    » Admission Requirements


    Admission to the joint Ph.D. program in collegiate mathematics education requires:

    • Master�s or Bachelor�s Degree in mathematics or applied mathematics.Candidates whose degree is in another related field (for example, computer science, physics, or engineering) and whose background in mathematics is strong are also eligible for admission and are encouraged to apply.
    • Quantitative and Verbal score:1100 Analytical score: 3.0
    • TOEFL (minimum score of 600) if from non-English speaking country
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 is required
    • Professional statement of goals/ objectives (2 pages)
    • Vita
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • An interview may be required
    • PhD Requirements
    • 85 credit hours beyond the bachelor�s degree
    • 32 credits maximum transfer from master�s coursework
    • 42 maximum transfer of graduate coursework credits; the number of subjects allowed for transfer credit depends on what subject have been recently taken and is decided on a case-by-case basis
    • Qualifying exam
    • Comprehensive exam
    • Dissertation and Defense

    » Required Courses - Applied Mathematics


    (21 credit hours):
    Course Title
    MATH 500 Applied Analysis I
    MATH 553 Discrete Applied Mathematics I
    MATH 577 Computational Mathematics I

    MATH 515

    Ordinary Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems
    MATH 532 Linear Algebra
    MATH 540 Probability
    MATH 476 Statistics

    (minimum of 12 credits):
    Course Title
    MATH 401
    Analysis II
    MATH 402
    Complex Analysis
    MATH 420
    Geometry
    MATH 5XY (any 500-level AM courses)

    » Required Courses


    Core (18 credit hours)
    Course Title
    M SED 598 Methods of College Teaching in Mathematics and Science
    MSED 599 College Teaching Practicum in Mathematics and Science
    MSED 601 Critical Analysis in Quantitative Research
    MSED 602 Quantitative Research Design and Practicum
    MSED 603 Critical Analysis in Qualitative Research
    MSED 604 Qualitative Research Design and Practicum

    Electives (9 credits)
    Course Title
    MSED 503 Advanced Strategies: Mathematics
    MSED 521 History/Philosophy of Mathematics
    MSED 550 Clinical Supervision in Science/Mathematics
    MSED 552 Assessment and Evaluation
    MSED 555 Mathematics Curriculum
    MSED 571 Problem Solving and Nature of Mathematics

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