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Mathematics (Professional degree): MMath

Mathematics (Professional degree)

The Master of Mathematics (MMath) is a professional masters degree (plan C) serving mathematics educators at the secondary (and sometimes tertiary) levels who want to broaden their background in Mathematics, Statistics, and pedagogy. The program offers students the opportunity to enhance their mathematics content background as suited for personal enrichment and the teaching profession. The program is flexible to serve the needs of professional teachers and provide a route to secondary mathematics licensure and endorsement in Utah.

MMath graduates have excellent employment prospects in the Intermountain Region, usually as secondary teachers of math at public, private and charter schools but occasionally as post-secondary faculty at colleges or small universities.

Admissions Requirements

MMath applicants are either trained as professional teachers or seeking a route to secondary mathematics licensure and endorsement in Utah.  Applicants are expected to have strong background in mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, advanced calculus, and additional mathematical subjects (at least 24 semester credit hours of mathematics/statistics).

Application to the MMath program is through the USU School of Graduate Studies website,

Students must provide:

  • GRE general scores (subject exams not required).  We look for Quantitative scores above 60% and Verbal scores above 40%, but the application process is competitive so higher scores may be neccessary be competitive with other applicants.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (unless you have earned a degree in an English-speaking country, e.g. US, UK or Canada).  To qualify for a teaching assistantship in our department the total TOEFL iBT score must be 100 or above.  IELTS must be at or above 6.5 for TA consideration.
  • Transcripts of all past coursework.  Your GPA *must* be above 3.0 during the last two years, and *should* be above 3.5 in technical subjects.
  • Contact information for three references who can speak to your academic preparation, professional goals and work ethic.
  • Personal statements on our Departmental Application Form (request from the Graduate Program Coordinator,

International students have additional admissions requirements.

All students in the MMath program must pass a written qualifying examination. Students may take these exams before beginning formal coursework in the program but must take them at or before the end of the first full year of matriculation.


The program requires the completion of 36 credits – at least 21 credits of which must be from courses offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, while remaining credits may come from the College of Education and Human Services as approved by an advisory committee.  A qualifying exam in either Advanced Calculus (Analysis) or Mathematics Teaching is also required for this degree.  


Any 5000-level course in Mathematics and/or Statistics counts toward this degree. We often recommend Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, Applied Mathematics, and Mathematical Statistics, as these courses are particularly relevant in secondary mathematics and broadly applicable to mathematics teaching.  We advise students to take a variety of courses for subject breadth – in pure math, applied math, statistics, and pedagogy.

Brynja Kohler, PhD, University of Utah
Associate Professor
Area: Mathematics education, mathematical biology
Office: ANSC 223
Phone: (435) 797-2826

James Cangelosi, PhD, Louisiana State University
Area: Constructivism in mathematics education, psychometrics, behavior management
Office: ANSC 324
Phone: (435) 797-1415

Kady Schneiter, PhD, Utah State University
Associate Professor
Area: Statistics, mathematics education
Office: ANSC 323
Phone: (435) 797-2820

Eric Rowley, PhD, Utah State University
Clinical Professor
Area: Mathematics Education
Office: Blanding campus
Phone: (435) 770-4244

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

American Mathematical Society: AMS is the largest organization of research mathematicians. The society's programs and services for its members and the global mathematical community include professional programs, publications, meetings and conferences, support for young scholars programs, tools for researchers and authors, and a public awareness office that provides resources to members, students, teachers, the media, and the general public.

Mathematical Association of America: MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Its members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business, and industry. MAA is focused on teaching particularly at the high school and college levels.

National Council on the Teaching of Mathematics: The NCTM is the largest and most prestigious organization focused on teaching mathematics in elementary and secondary schools. It serves as a public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research.


Mathematics and Statistics Department


College of Science

Academic Advising

Brynja Kohler
Associate Professor
Office: ANSC 223
Phone: (435) 797-2826

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