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Master of Arts in the Teaching of Mathematics

The Texas Christian University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program in mathematics serves to prepare highly qualified teachers of mathematics at the secondary and two-year college levels. The program provides a broad knowledge of mathematics and its history, teaches problem solving skills, and exposes students to the general philosophy of mathematics alongside specific techniques for teaching mathematics. The degree plan includes 24-27 hours of graduate mathematics courses together with 9-12 hours of graduate education courses. Class sizes are small and the courses are scheduled in a flexible manner to accommodate the needs of full-time teachers.

Since the inception of the program in 2000, many students have graduated with the MAT degree in mathematics. Their success stories and employment opportunities offer a true measure of the program’s effectiveness. Graduates have pursued doctoral degrees in Mathematics Education, obtained instructor positions at colleges, and served as department chairs or lead AP teachers.

Award-winning professors, faculty expertise in a wide range of research areas, and abundant opportunities for one-to-one student and faculty interaction characterize our program.

Admission Requirements: A baccalaureate degree with the equivalent of a major in mathematics consisting of courses through elementary calculus of one and several variables, linear algebra, and at least eight hours of approved advanced courses.

Application Deadlines: The application deadline for the fall semester of a given academic year is January 1. The application deadline for the spring semester of a given academic year is September 1. After these deadlines, we continue to consider applications until the available positions are filled.

Click here to see the grad program flyer.

Click here to see a Prezi presentation about our graduate program.

Application Process: It is strongly recommended that the student contact the graduate director at the time of application, in case there are any questions about the program or the application procedure. The application is now for the most part online, and the student should click here to start the online application. Realize that you will need to submit the following with your online application:

  1. A completed online application
  2. Three letters of recommendation (the online application will prompt you for information regarding your references.)
  3. Transcripts of all colleges attended (upload unofficial copies via the online application. If you are admitted to the program a single copy of all official transcripts will be required – see address below) [When applicable, student needs to submit English translations of transcripts. We do not provide this service.]
  4. Personal Statement of Purpose (upload via the the online application. Essay – 1,000 words or less, that describes your motivation and goals for graduate study, career ambitions, and the specific ways TCU may fit those.)
  5. General GRE scores (input scores in Testing Information section in the online application, then request ETS to send official scores to TCU Graduate Studies, institutional code 6820) [The TCU Requirement for GRE is a minimum score of 300 (new scale) or 1000 (old scale). However, Mathematics applicants who are accepted typically have higher GRE scores.]
  6. Application fee of $60 (payment via online application.)
  7. If desired, request financial aid (tuition waivers and stipends) within the online application.
  8. Additional items for international applicants only:
    • TOEFL scores (input scores in Testing Information section in the online application, then request ETS to send official scores to TCU Graduate Studies, institutional code 6820) It is also possible to use IELTS scores instead; in that case, please fill in the information on the online application and then request that official scores are sent directly to TCU. [TCU requires the following minimum scores: IELTS – 6.5; TOEFL (IBT) – 80; TOEFL (PBT) – 550; TOEFL (CBT) – 213 .]
    • For U.S. permanent resident: Please confirm that you are a permanent resident of the United States by emailing a scanned copy of your green card to
    • If you are not a permanent resident, please email the completed International Student and Scholar Form to
    • Admitted students will also be required to provide proof of financial support by filling out and returning the Financial Statement for International Students to Students on full Teaching Assistantships do not have to use this form.
    • For additional information for international students refer to the International Student Services (ISS) web pages (

Please use the address below for mailing of any hard copies of documents (e.g. transcripts sent from your institutions). Please also feel free to contact us regarding any questions you may have about the application process.

Dr. Magnus Rittby, Senior Associate Dean (
TCU College of Science & Engineering
Attn: Graduate Studies
TCU Box 298960
Fort Worth, TX 76129

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Dr. Darron Turner
Chief Inclusion Officer and Title IX Coordinator
TCU Box 297090
Jarvis Hall 228
Fort Worth, Texas 76129

Program Details

Coursework: The Master of Arts in Teaching program includes 24 hours of graduate mathematics courses and at least nine hours of graduate education courses. The MAT Program totals 36 hours. The remaining three-hour course may be chosen in either graduate mathematics or education, with approval of the MAT graduate program director. The MAT program totals at least 36 hours. Also, only 5 courses may be taken at the 50000-level; other classes must be at the 60000-level or higher. Mathematics coursework must include:

  • MATH 50253: Abstract Algebra
  • MATH 50503: Real Analysis
  • MATH 60023: Survey of Math Problems

All 50000 level courses count toward the MAT degree, subject to university restrictions.
Graduate education coursework shall include at least 9 hours from the following:

  • Any EDMT 50000+ level 3-hour course
  • EDSP 50663: Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom
  • EDSP 58003: Methods for Students with Mathematics Learning Differences
  • EDSP 60233: Understanding Exceptional Children and Youth At-Risk
  • EDUC 50003: Diversity in American Education
  • EDUC 50143: Theories of Human Development
  • EDUC 50253: Technology Applications in Education
  • EDUC 60213: Psychology of Thinking and Learning
  • EDUC 60253: Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 60313: Educational Assessment
  • EDUC 60980: Internship (6 hours)

Students seeking a secondary certificate in mathematics must independently apply to and be accepted by the Teacher Education Program in the TCU College of Education upon their enrollment in the MAT Program. Note that additional coursework is likely and will be determined by the College of Education, depending upon the student’s background.

For more information, contact
Ken Richardson
Director of Graduate Studies in Mathematics
TCU Box 298960
Fort Worth, TX 76129