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Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. Program
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Admission Requirements

Fall 2014 application deadlines are as follows:

  • All Department materials ~ January 7, 2014
    All CSU mentor materials ~ February 1, 2014
Currently only students with a mathematics masters (not science) may apply.


To be considered for admission, applicants must have

  • 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 Test scores

  • 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 encouraged.

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.

The MSED 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.

Application Checklist

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 Mentor site.

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!

  1. Application Form (Word) for Doctoral Program in Mathematics and Science Education.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 Mentor).

Please do not send any materials to UCSD. On the basis of the decisions of the Admissions Committee, applicants invited to enter the program will be asked to complete a UCSD graduate application and pay the UCSD application fee prior to enrollment.

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 coordinator.