Frequently asked questions
We work very hard to fund our doctoral students through teaching assistantships, research grants, campus fellowships, and other opportunities in partnership with the Kaput Center. However, we cannot guarantee any number of assistantships in a given year. If you need funding, please indicate this in your application.
Yes. They can be sent by mail, email, or fax directly to the graduate office:
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
phone +1 508 999-8604; fax +1 508 999-8183
Our program is designed for a Fall semester start. We typically do not allow students to begin in the Spring. If you have special circumstances, please contact the Graduate Program Director to discuss your case.
The Office of Graduate Studies requires that transcripts be mailed directly from the univerisities you have previously attended. They will not accept transcripts that you submit, even if they are still sealed.
The Mathematics Education Ph.D. program strongly prefers to conduct an interview with all applicants. These conversations can be done in person, online (e.g., Skype), or by telephone. This helps the faculty better understand your interest in our program and how you might fit it. It provides you with an opportunity to ask any questions you might have. To set up a meeting with the Graduate Program Coordinator, contact the STEM Education & Teacher Development secretary at 508.999.8262.
The faculty carefully reviews the entire applications of our prospective students. GRE scores are one element we consider in our effort to understand your likelihood of success in our program. However, we do not use them as a sole measure. Previous experience, research interests, part coursework, and letters of recommendation are also carefully considered in our decision-making process.
From our graduate catalog: "Applicants from countries where English is not the national language and/or whose schooling has not been primarily in English must take the Test of English as a Foreighn Language (TOEFL). TOEFL is not required of applicants who have earned a college or university degree in the United States or an English-speaking country, or who have completed an academic year of college or university study in the United States before beginning studies at UMass Dartmouth."