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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Arts in Mathematics


Students in the Doctor of Arts (DA) program study major areas of mathematics, and study and research the methodology and techniques that make for successful teaching in mathematics. A focus of this program is the preparation of faculty for community colleges and four-year colleges. A preliminary examination is required of all doctoral candidates. The requirements for the program are to earn at least 96 semester hours of credit beyond the baccalaureate distributed as follows:

Breadth in Mathematics -- 40 semester hours at least 24 of which are regular 500-level courses, which include complex analysis with applications, introduction to topology, abstract algebra, and real analysis. Five semester courses must be chosen so that the areas of computer science, differential equations, geometry, logic, and probability and statistics are all represented.

Related Science/Minor -- 8 semester hours in an area of mathematics or a related science, such as physics, philosophy, history of science, chemistry, or another science approved by the department.

Education and Mathematics Education -- 12 semester hours comprised of the department's DA sequence: MATH 591, 592, and one of the following courses: EPSY 554, EPSY 555, EPSY 556 or EPSY 557.

Teaching Practicum -- 8 semester hours, normally involving supervised teaching for two semesters, the preparation and use of various instructional materials, and perhaps a limited educational research project.

Electives -- 8 semester hours of course work normally restricted to mathematics and/or science.

Preliminary examination -- one in mathematics, one in mathematics or mathematics education.

Dissertation -- 20 semester hours of thesis research.