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app nowNow available online! In the early 1960's, with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Mathematics established a new degree, the Master of Mathematics (MM). Intended primarily for high school teachers (but open to teachers at any level), this degree offers courses with solid mathematical content relevant to the mathematics commonly taught in high school.

Admission to the program requires

  1. (a) Certification to teach secondary mathematics in at least one state or (b) three years experience teaching elementary, middle, high school, or community college mathematics; and
  2. One year of college-level calculus (equivalent to Math 141-142) and a course in matrix algebra (equivalent to Math 251)

The program requires 30 semester hours (typically 10 courses) of coursework of which at least 21 must be at the 500 level and at most six may be from outside the Department of Mathematics. The following courses form the core of the program and constitute 18 of these hours. (see current course schedule)

  • Math 504, Discrete Math for Teachers
  • Math 505, Analysis for Teachers
  • Math 506, Algebra for Teachers
  • Math 507, Probabilty and Statistics for Teachers
  • Math 509, Seminar for Teachers (taken twice)

The department offers these courses in a two-year rotation, one course per semester (504 in summer 2018, 505 in fall 2018, 509 in spring 2018, 506 in summer 2019, 507 in fall 2017, 509 in spring 2019, etc.). Summer courses typically meet during the day Monday through Friday for five weeks. Fall and spring courses typically meet for three hours one evening per week. Thus a teacher working at a full time job can complete the MM degree in two years taking one or two courses each semester. Popular choices for the remaining 12 hours of coursework are History of Mathematics (Math 400), Geometry (Math 460), and graduate courses in mathematics education; but many other options exist.

Completion of the degree requires neither a thesis nor a project. MM students must, however, pass a six-hour comprehensive exam over 504, 505, 506, 507, and two other courses of their choice. Students typically take this exam during or shortly after the final semester of coursework.

For more information on the MM program, please contact, Ms. Pam Armentrout, Graduate Program. You can call Ms. Armentrout at 865-974-2464. For general information about graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Tennessee, including application procedures, please see our graduate information page.

Dr. Jerzy Dydak, Chair
Master of Mathematics Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-1320

last updated: September 2018

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