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Master of Mathematics

Enhance your mathematics teaching with an online master’s degree

The University of Tennessee’s Master of Mathematics (MM) program is intended to support teachers as mathematicians through rigorous mathematical training in a broad range of topics. We do this by:

  1. Incorporating evidence-based practices in our course and program design,
  2. Creating an inclusive and diverse community of educators from different backgrounds,
  3. Providing access to relevant material in an easily accessible format, and
  4. Encouraging self-reflection for continued professional growth.

Is this program right for me?

This program is intended for educators interested in expanding the breadth and depth of their mathematical knowledge. Our MM program complements UTK’s more traditional Master of Science (MS) programs in Mathematics or in Education by offering rigorous mathematics training paired with practical applications in the classroom.

Most of our classes are in a synchronous online format. We use Zoom video meetings, so that students can have the benefits of interacting with their instructor and classmates as well as the flexibility of attending class remotely. All you need is a computer with a reliable internet connection.


  • Two Years: A full-time working professional can finish their MM degree in two years if taking one to two classes each term.
  • Comprehensive Portfolio: Instead of a thesis or timed exam, you’ll be compiling a portfolio that shows your professional growth and can be used in a job search.
  • Rolling Admissions: Students can apply for and start the program during any term (summer, fall, or spring).
  • Distance Education (DE) Tuition and Fees: Because our program is a fully online program, the tuition and fees are lower than that of our traditional face-to-face graduate programs.

Here’s what a few of our Class of 2020 grads have to say:

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to work on my Master’s and to continue teaching full-time. I am also thankful for the awesome community I’ve made with fellow MM program students!”
-Emily Brandel

“With this particular degree, I have been asked to be a part of both the educational leadership and the curriculum development team for my school system. I truly enjoy taking this leap and engaging in this course of study.”
-Justin Dakota Lee

“The MM program pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me a better teacher by challenging me and modeling current best practices in higher math education. Also, it gave me an amazing network of educators from all over that I know I can bounce ideas off whenever!”
– Megan Warren


The program launched in the 1960s with funding from the National Science Foundation. Admission to the program requires:

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

Don’t meet the admission requirements? Contact us anyway to get advising on the best way to prepare for our program.


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:

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

The department offers these courses in a rotation, so that a teacher working at a full time job can complete the degree in two years (with one or two courses each term). Summer (SU) classes meet during the day. Fall (FA) and spring (SP) courses typically meet for three hours one evening per week. Popular choices for the remaining 12 hours of coursework are History of Mathematics (Math 400), Geometry (Math 460), and graduate courses in mathematics education or instructional technology. New courses are currently being developed and will be offered soon.

Recent and Upcoming Courses

Schedule may change based on enrollment numbers.

Term Course Number Course Title
Summer 2020 Math 504 Discrete Math for Teachers
Math 509* Statistics for Teachers
Fall 2020 Math 505 Analysis for Teachers
Math 593* Mathematical Reasoning and Proofs for Teachers
Spring 2021 Math 506 Algebra for Teachers
Math 509* Seminar for Teachers (Topic: Differential Equations for Teachers)
Summer 2021 Math 507 Probability for Teachers
Math 509* Seminar for Teachers (Topic: Mathematical Modeling for Teachers)
*Some of our new courses have temporary course numbers until official course catalog changes are in place.
500-level classes are currently offered every six semesters (including summer terms) to accommodate for varying teacher schedules while still offering all core classes in two-year periods. Math 400 (History of Mathematics) is offered every fall, and Math 460 (Geometry) is offered every spring.

Courses outside of the department can be found on the Online Courses directories (see “Distance Education Course Directory” page for the current term).

Portfolio Examination

See Portfolio Examination page for details.


Contact Information

General MM Program and Registration Questions:
Ms. Pam Armentrout
Graduate Coordinator
(865) 974-2464

Course and Content Questions:
Dr. Anne M. Ho
Chair of Master of Mathematics Curriculum Committee

Master of Mathematics Curriculum Committee

Dr. Anne M. Ho (Chair)
Dr. Michael Gelantalis
Dr. John Griffis
Dr. Anna Kazanova
Dr. Karin Pringle
Dr. Shel Swenson
Dr. Alan Von Herrmann
Dr. Allison Wolf

Facebook Group

Our Facebook group is for past, present, and future MM students to share teaching resources. Join the conversation today!

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