Mathematics Education (PhD) at Montclair State University

Mathematics Education (PhD)

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Mathematics Education (PhD) – STEM Designated Degree Program

Montclair State University’s PhD program in Mathematics Education prepares students for careers as mathematics educators at two- and four-year colleges, mathematics curriculum developers, researchers, leaders in school districts and educational agencies, and research-based teachers in the classrooms.

Students enter the program with a variety of experiences and interests (curricular, pedagogical, psychological, philosophical, etc.) related to mathematics education. Students work actively with doctoral faculty to refine their research interests throughout their course of study. As many of our students have experience teaching at the secondary and collegiate levels, their research has the benefit of being grounded in, and applicable to, practice.

The Montclair State University Westerdahl Fellowships for Doctoral Studies in Mathematics Education provides full tuition and a stipend of $25,000 per year, renewable for up to four years.

Along with the PhD in Mathematics Education, the mathematics department also offers the following options for graduate study: Mathematics with a concentration in Mathematics EducationMathematics with a concentration in Pure and Applied Mathematicsa combined BS/MS Mathematics with a concentration in Pure and Applied Mathematics, and Mathematics (Combined BS/MAT),

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: March 15 (for Fall admission). November 15 (for Spring Admission).
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Mathematics Education (PhD) program:

  • Transcript: One from every college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Two.
    • General Statement of Purpose: The Statement of Purpose provides you an opportunity to give evidence of your unique talents and experiences as an applicant to doctoral study at Montclair State University. In preparing your statement, please keep in mind that the Admissions Committee is seeking evidence of your ability to communicate clearly and professionally. Please include your reasons for pursuing doctoral studies by referring to relevant personal, academic and work experiences. Please also outline your future plans and any other information that may be of interest to the Admissions Committee.
    • General Statement of Research/Inquiry: The Statement of Research/Inquiry provides you an opportunity to inform the Admissions Committee of your thoughts, ideas and areas of interest that may lead to dissertation research. In preparing your statement, please keep in mind that the Admissions Committee is seeking evidence of your ability to communicate clearly and professionally.
  • Resume: Optional.

This program is 67 semester hours. For more information, please visit the Mathematics Education (PhD) program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Mathematics Education (PhD) Program Coordinator:

Program Coordinator: Dr. Steven Greenstein
Office: Center for Computing and Information Science 425K
Telephone: 973‑655‑4287

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*