DA in Mathematics

Admission Requirements

Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Prior Degrees MS students in the department who intend to continue on to the doctorate must satisfy the department’s master’s degree requirements and be recommended by the department for further work. Applicants to the DA Program who have an MST degree should complete the equivalent of the department’s MS program.

  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study, and an average of 3.00 in all mathematics courses beyond calculus.

  • Tests Required Neither the GRE General Exam nor the subject exams are required. Applicants may still submit GRE scores; however, an absence of GRE scores will not negatively impact their application.

  • Minimum English Competency Test Score

    • TOEFL 100, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Test); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (revised Paper-Delivered Test), OR,

    • IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 7.0 for all four subscores, OR,

    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic work.

  • Personal Statement Required.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 96 from the baccalaureate.
  • Course Work At least 40 hours must be in mathematics, including 24 semester hours of regular 500-level courses. Mathematics courses must be chosen so that the areas of computer science, differential equations, geometry, logic, and probability and statistics are all represented.
Required Courses
Complex Analysis with Applications
Introduction to Topology I
Introduction to Topology II
Second Course in Abstract Algebra I
Second Course in Abstract Algebra II
Real Analysis I
Real Analysis II
Education and Math Education
Twelve hours including:
Seminar on Mathematics Curricula
Seminar on Mathematics: Philosophy and Methodology
Eight hours of graduate-level courses in an area of mathematics or a related science a
Electives b
Restricted to math and/or science

Related sciences include areas such as physics, philosophy, history of science, or another science approved by the department.


Courses in economics and statistical methods in psychology and education may, under certain conditions, be selected as electives.

  • Examinations Students should pass the department’s master’s examination within one year of completion of 24 semester hours. Students who already have a master’s degree upon entering the program must pass the examination within one year of entrance.
    • Preliminary Examination: Required.
  • Dissertation Required. Students must earn at least 20 hours in MATH 599.