Appalachian’s Master of Arts in Mathematics program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a rigorous graduate program in mathematics with the added benefit of gaining hands-on training and experience with teaching. It can qualify students for advanced teacher licensure in high school mathematics, prepare students for community college teaching positions, or serve as excellent preparation for doctoral programs in mathematics or mathematics education.
You will receive a solid foundation in mathematics, pedagogical issues such as collaborative learning, effective classroom teaching, assessment strategies, and the use of technology in the classroom. As a student, you can choose one of two concentrations:
- College Teaching - Designed for students who are interested in teaching mathematics at the college level. The course of study follows the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) guidelines for faculty preparation, in addition to allowing students to complete a rigorous core of graduate level mathematics.
- Secondary Teaching - Designed for students who are interested in furthering their secondary school teaching credentials. The course of study follows the North Carolina guidelines for advanced (M) licensure in mathematics, as well as CAEP accreditation guidelines on the preparation of master's level mathematics high school teachers.
Course titles and information can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.
Required Entrance Exam: GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); also needed for secondary concentration: proof of teacher licensure
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.
Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).
Mathematics Prerequisites: Completion of a bachelor's degree in mathematics or a related field, including courses in single and multivariate calculus, linear algebra, statistics, and real analysis. Courses in programming, geometry, abstract algebra, and differential equations are also strongly encouraged. Students lacking in these areas may be required to complete undergraduate courses prior to enrolling in some of the graduate courses. For more information, contact one of the program directors.
Doctoral and Terminal Degree Programs
Students have gone on to programs at these and other institutions:
- Virginia Tech
- Michigan State University
- Portland State University
- University of South Carolina
- University of Tennessee
- UNC Chapel Hill
- UNC Charlotte
- Alexander Central High School
- Asheboro High School
- Asheville-Buncombe Community College
- Catawba Valley Community College
- Chase Middle School, Forest City, NC
- Columbia State Community College
- Horry Georgetown Technical College
- James Madison University
- Mars Hill University
- Newton-Conover High School
- Virginia Western Community College
- Western Piedmont Community College
- Wilkes Community College
- Hawkes Learning Systems
- MaxPoint Interactive
- Military Intelligence
- U.S. Census Bureau
- Spring: 11/1 (9/15)
- Summer Session 1: 4/1 (3/15)
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: 7/1 (3/15)
*See full deadline information below under Application Essentials.
- You will engage in a rigorous graduate program in mathematics with the added benefit of gaining hands-on training and experience with teaching.
- Students complete 36 hours of coursework, including 15-30 hours of math and statistics chosen based upon their career goals.
- Students have the option of completing some electives through the Mathematics Education Leadership Training (MELT) Program, established in 1998 with a generous donation from the Cain Foundation to fund professional development for mathematics teachers. The program currently emphasizes weeklong Summer Institutes and through-the-year follow-up activities.
- If you are an undergraduate student at Appalachian, the Accelerated Admission Program can give you a head start on a graduate program as you finish your senior year.
- While most students enroll full time on the main campus in Boone, this program does offer a part-time option.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Method of Delivery
- Math teacher – high school level
- Math instructor/professor – college-level
- Applications Developer
- Business Analyst
- Data Research and Analytics Consultant
- Financial Consultant
- Information Systems Engineer