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Fall 2014 application deadlines are as follows:
Currently only students with a mathematics masters (not science) may
- All Department materials ~ January 7, 2014
All CSU mentor materials ~ February
To be considered for admission, applicants
- a strong baccalaureate degree from an accredited
institution; GPA must be at least 3.25/4.00 in the last 30
semester hours of upper-division work
- a master's degree
in mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics; overall GPA
must be at least 3.50/4.00 in graduate coursework
- recent Graduate Record Examination General
- at least three letters of recommendation from
professors, supervisors, or other appropriate persons, with
at least one being a faculty
member within the student's area of specialization
Prior teaching experience in the disciplinary field is also strongly
Additional requirements (PDF) for students entering with a Master's Degree in Mathematics Education
Finalists in the application process
will be invited for a personal or telephone interview.
program has a very strong reading and writing component as well
as many oral presentations and as such, very strong English Language
skills are an integral part of success in the program.
When applying to the Joint SDSU/UCSD PhD Program
in Mathematics and Science Education, you must send two sets
of materials—one to SDSU Graduate Admissions (Item I. below) and one to the MSED
Admissions Committee (Item II. below).
I. SDSU Graduate Admissions materials:
For the on-line application, follow the instructions
at the CSU
International students must apply through the International
Student Center web page.
II. MSED Admissions Committee materials:
The forms for the MSED Admissions Committee
can be downloaded here. Mail completed forms to MSED,
Center for Research in Math and Science Education, San Diego
State University, 6475 Alvarado Rd, Ste 206, San Diego, CA 92120-5013.
No staples, please!
Form (Word) for Doctoral Program
in Mathematics and Science Education.
- Using the MSED
Recommendation Form (Word) as a cover sheet, at least three letters of
recommendation, at least one of which is from a former professor in the selected field of study who can address the content of the masters program. Emailed letters are welcome as long as they are followed by originals.
- GRE scores (only the General Test is required). Note: GRE General Test scores may be self-reported on the MSED ap but Enrollment Services requires official reporting (as part of CSU
Mentor). Our institution code, San Diego State University, is R4682 and our program code, under Other Fields, is 5101 Interdisciplinary Programs. If you have presented the GRE general test within the past five years you do not need to retake it, but you must request that scores be sent to SDSU.
- Two sets of transcripts from each post-secondary institution listed on your application form. One set, unofficial are fine, must be sent to the MSED office, and the second set, official, must be sent to Enrollment Services (as part of CSU
Please do not send any materials to UCSD. On
the basis of the decisions of the Admissions
enter the program will be asked to complete
a UCSD graduate application and pay the
fee prior to
Application materials should be sent by January
7 to be considered for fall admission. Late applications
will be considered on a space-available basis to February 1.
For more information, please email the