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Mathematics, Education Option (M.S.)


Interdisciplinary degree through the Department of Mathematics

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, Instructions: Residential/On Campus

Program Overview

The M.S. Mathematics, Education Option is an interdisciplinary degree through the Department of Mathematics, designed to be completed in two years.  It is intended for students who have both an interest in mathematics education research and a desire to gain fluency in advanced mathematics. We believe that all teacher educators must be prepared to provide equity and access for all learners at all educational levels, kindergarten through doctoral studies.


Why choose this program?

Our math education faculty focus on preparing highly-qualified math teachers while engaging in innovative research on teaching and learning. With some members residing in the Department of Teaching & Learning and others in the Math Department, our faculty take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with additional Virginia Tech faculty members across the School of Education and the College of Science.

What You'll Study

The following is a guideline for the creation of a Program of Study for the M.S. Mathematics (Education Option).  More details are found at the Mathematics Department Homepage, including information about specific courses and graduate support opportunities.

  • Background Material (must have previously taken their equivalence or successfully complete during the M.S. program)
    • MATH 4225, 4226 Elementary Real Analysis
    • MATH 4124 Abstract Algebra
    • a course that involves computation in a significant way.  Suggestions are MATH 4445, MATH 4446, or MATH 4414.
  • 5000 Mathematics Courses
    • At least 18 credits
    • At least one two-semester sequence in topics such as Analysis, Algebra, or Differential Equations (see the Mathematics Graduate Policy Manual for a complete list)
  • General 5000 Level Courses (could also be in Mathematics)
    • At least 6 credits
    • Suggestions are EDCI, PHIL, or PSYC courses, depending on your research interest in mathematics education.
  • Examination: either
    • complete and defend a Master's Thesis in Mathematics or Mathematics Education
    • successfully complete two Preliminary Examinations in Mathematics
    • complete a Masters Project (see the Mathematics Graduate Policy Manual for more details)

Mathematics program is designed to prepare leaders in mathematics education research.

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. 

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.00 GPA for regular admission status or 2.75 GPA for provisional status is required (last 60 hours of coursework).
  • Three letters of reference.
  • GRE Score

Visit this page for more information on how to apply, including requirements, deadlines, and what you'll need in detail.

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Learn more about other available funding opportunities

Domestic Application
Spring: January 1
Summer: May 1
Fall:  August 1
International Application
Spring: September 1
Summer: January 1
Fall: April 1
Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15.

Andy Norton
Program Leader
434 McBryde Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-6942


Andy Norton
Program Leader
434 McBryde Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-6942

Faculty, School of Education

Faculty, Department of Mathematics