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MA in Education (Mathematics Education)

Further your explorations in mathematics and teaching concepts in our research-based, doctoral-prep MA in Mathematics Education program. We designed our master of arts degree program for students with a strong mathematics background or a background in mathematics education who are interested in doing research for a thesis.


  1. Ranked No. 3 by US News & World Report
  2. Provides important research experiences
  3. Excellent preparation for doctoral studies


Our program provides you an opportunity to strengthen your mathematics background, develop your research skills, and deepen your educational approach. Through coursework and individual faculty guidance, you will develop the skills needed to conduct original research, making this degree a good precursor to a doctoral degree.

You will take classes in three distinct areas:

  • Educational Psychology: Learn the foundations of human development, motivation, and cognition for education.
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Focus on teaching school mathematics and developing mathematics curricula.
  • Content Courses: Take mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education courses that deepen your understanding of the subject matter and develop pedagogical expertise.

In addition, you must perform three hours of research and both write and defend a thesis.

Our program of study consists of 30 hours and requires:

  • 6 content courses (at least three of which must have a MATH prefix)
  • 2 curriculum and instruction courses
  • 1 educational psychology course
  • 3 hours of research
  • A thesis

Your mathematics education faculty advisor must approve your course selection.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the MA in Education (Mathematics Education)

We base admissions decisions on a variety of factors including past performance in course work, especially mathematics course work, GPAs in past degree programs, entrance exam scores, and letters of recommendation.

Minimum Requirements

  • Completion of at least 2 semesters of calculus

Applicants must submit their official GRE or MAT scores during application. In recent years, students admitted to our master’s degree programs have earned average GRE (quantitative) scores in the 65th to 70th percentile and average GRE (verbal) scores in the 50th to 55th percentile. We also accept the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

While completing the Graduate School application, you will need to provide:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
    You will identify your letter writers and their email addresses when you apply, and they will receive an email from the Graduate School asking them to complete the form online. Choose recommenders who know your academic work well and can speak to your capacity to engage in graduate level study of mathematics, to perform well in courses requiring high levels of reading and writing, to work as a classroom teacher, and to be successful in a graduate program. Do not solicit “character references” from friends, family, or people you know socially.
  • Transcripts
    Applicants should submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Official transcripts are not required during the review process and will only be required for applicants who are offered admission. Do not mail official transcripts until offered admission.
  • Test Scores
    Have your GRE scores sent directly to UGA using the institution code 5813.
  • Statement of purpose
    Please tell us why you are interested in the program for which you’re applying. Please include any relevant experiences which have driven your interest.

Deadline To Apply

Refer to the UGA Graduate School deadlines.

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Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

Meet the Faculty

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

The Mathematics Education Student Association provides you with access to professional resources through its book sale, regular colloquia, service projects, and social activities. This student group produces The Mathematics Educator, a semiannual journal that offers you publishing opportunities.

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