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The PhD in Mathematics Education is designed for those with a strong background in both mathematics and mathematics education who wish to be leading researchers in mathematics education. This degree combines graduate-level study of mathematics and mathematics education with work in qualitative and quantitative research methodology and other supporting fields as appropriate to the student's area of interest.

Program Highlights

  1. One of the oldest and most respected doctoral programs
  2. A full-time, residential program
  3. 14 faculty members
  4. Approximately half of doctoral students on assistantship

Deadline to Apply

Refer to the UGA Graduate School deadlines

Early Admissions:
Apply by Nov. 1 for full consideration in all assistantship competitions and supported campus visits

Regular Admissions:
Apply by Jan. 3 for full consideration in select assistantship competitions

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Faculty and Curriculum

You will work with an advisory committee to construct a program of study that bridges your background with your career aspirations. Typical coursework includes:

  • Mathematics through the equivalent of a master's degree
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Mathematics education research in learning, curriculum, teaching, and critical issues
  • Other supporting fields (e.g., educational psychology, statistics, sociology, etc.) as appropriate

To complete this degree you must also pass written and oral comprehensive examinations and write a dissertation that reflects the highest levels of scholarship in mathematics education.

If you do not have some form of substantial teaching experience (although not necessarily as a classroom teacher) upon entering the program, you will be expected to acquire these skills during your studies.

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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Meet Your Advisor

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.

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Student Life

We offer a variety of competitively awarded assistantships (we recommend you apply by the deadlines stated above in order to be considered for the greatest number of opportunities).

Take advantage of our close relationships with faculty and participate in the Mathematics Education Student Association, which organizes a speaker series, publishes the journal The Mathematics Educator, and organizes social events.

You will interact with other doctoral students from around the United States and around the world. This international flavor allows you to learn first-hand about mathematics education in different countries.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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