• Minimum Total for Graduation after Bachelor Degree: 75 hours
  • Minimum Total for Graduation after Master Degree: 45 hours

The Ph.D. degree is a content-based degree program that has three concentrations:

  • Concentration in Mathematics
  • Concentration in Collegiate Mathematics Education and
  • Concentration in Statistics.

Coursework is broadly distributed across the various areas of mathematics, mathematics education and statistics. The Ph.D. degree is designed to (a) develop well-prepared teachers to teach college level mathematics/statistics and conduct independent research effectively in their areas of expertise or (b) prepare students with advanced knowledge and applications in mathematics/statistics to work effectively in non-academic environments.

For students who are interested in teaching at universities, the program has a unique component of two courses on teaching pedagogy in addition to two semesters of teaching internships.
For students who are interested in industrial jobs, the program has a component of professional internship to provide students work experience in a non-academic environment.

Admission Requirements for Ph.D.:

Applicants must meet all College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.  International students should take note of any special admission considerations required by the College of Graduate Studies, including TOEFL requirements.

  • Applicants with a Bachelor's degree must meet the minimum GPA of 2.7 overall (or 3.0 in the final sixty semester hours of graded coursework toward the bachelor's degree) and a 3.0 in m mathematics is required. These applicants must have successfully completed 20 semester hours of mathematics including
  • Multivariate Calculus (equivalent to MTH 233)
  • Abstract Algebra (equivalent to MTH 523), and
  • Advanced Calculus (equivalent to MTH 532)
  • Applicants with Master's degrees in Mathematics equivalent to the M.A. degree at Central Michigan University must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their graduate work.
  • General GRE is required (the GRE requirement may be waived by the Department in exceptional cases).
  • Minimum TOEFL for international students: See the page: Information for Prospective Graduate Students.

Program Requirements for Ph.D. Program:

The three concentrations require a list of Common Core Courses, Internship, Dissertation, and Concentration-Specific coursework, and Qualifying Exams.

  • For students who have a B.A./B.S. degree, the requirements are:
    • Common Core Courses (24 hours)
    • Concentration-Specific coursework (33 hours)
    • Internship  (6 hours)
    • Dissertation (12 hours)
    • Qualifying Exams: three subjects for each concentration
  • For those who have an M.A./M.S. in Mathematics or Statistics, the common core courses and concentration-specific coursework may be reduced depending on individual's background and the chosen concentration in consultation with an academic advisor.