PhD in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with Emphasis in Mathematics Education

The MU Ph.D. program in Mathematics Education is designed to prepare individuals for careers in higher education and leadership positions in a variety of educational settings. The program aims to enhance student knowledge about the field of mathematics education and develop expertise in conceptualizing, conducting and reporting research studies. Programs of study are individually planned with a faculty committee, and are based upon candidate's background, experiences, and professional goals. The majority of our graduates take positions in Colleges of Education or Departments of Mathematics at universities or colleges. However, some graduates move into administrative and supervisory roles at district or state levels.

Detailed information about all of the elements of the program can be found in the MU Mathematics Education Ph.D. Program: Faculty and Student Handbook.


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the PhD in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum and the minimum requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Office of Graduate Studies and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

Admission requirements will be based upon the following criteria.  Complete admission requirements for the PhD program.

  • Completion of an appropriate Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Completion of an appropriate master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation; three letters.
  • Statement of purpose clearly indicating that the proposed graduate degree is appropriate to the applicant's professional aspirations.
  • GRE scores taken within the last 5 years (preferred minimum scores should be V150, Q144, A4.0 or higher)
  • For students whose native language is not English, a score of 100 or better on the IBT TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS taken within the past two years

The LTC graduate program cannot assure admission to all applicants who meet minimum standards specified for the degree program.  Resource constraints do not permit the admission of all qualified applicants.
A committee of faculty reviews the credentials of each applicant.  It is the responsibility of this committee to exercise professional judgment related to the criteria that applicants must meet in order to be considered for admission to the program.