Graduate School of Education

Ed.D., Mathematics and Science Education

Entrance to the Program

Frequently Asked Questions

The Mathematics and Science doctoral degree is designed to transform a candidate's skills both as a researcher and as a leader of PK-16 mathematics and science programs.  A doctorate in mathematics and science education empowers the individual to improve teaching and learning and to explore innovative solutions to educational problems.  Students who enter this doctoral program will soon find that our emphasis on research and its application to practice will assist them in forming and investigating questions that are of personal, community, national and international interest.

Combining Research and Practice

The doctoral program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell emphasizes the critical evaluation and application of research-based theoretical knowledge.  We pride ourselves on the fact that this combination of practice and research provides our graduates with more options than do programs that focus exclusively on either research or practice.  Our graduates are prepared to accept faculty positions in academia; they are equally prepared for leadership roles in PK-16 education and informal science education settings such as museums.  The strong focus on teacher quality, teacher performance, and student learning in mathematics and science makes this a program of high interest to teachers.  Faculty in the Mathematics and Science doctoral program strive to meet the individual needs and the professional interests of each student with a low student to faculty ratio.

Program Faculty

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Dr. Panasuk

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Dr. Lustick

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Dr. Scribner-MacLean

Mathematics and Science Education Course of Study (48 credits)

Entrance to the Program

Each applicant should be involved in science and mathematics education at the PK-16 or community level and have undergraduate and graduate degrees which indicate content knowledge of the fields of science or mathematics and education.  Preferably, the candidate will have at least an undergraduate degree in math, science or engineering, and a master's degree in education.  Candidates with no graduate education course work will find this advanced education program challenging, as an understanding of basic educational theory and practice is assumed.  Such candidates are urged to meet with program faculty to discuss their qualifications.

After submitting your online application and fee, you are also required to send:

  • A two-page admission essay explaining your experience in PK-16 education and your reasons for wishing to enter doctoral study 
  • GRE Scores 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • All official transcripts

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who should apply?

PK-16 teachers or administrators or informal setting science educators who hold a master of education degree or a master degree in a relevant or related field should apply for this program.

Is it for me?

Our students are almost all working professionals who complete the program on a part-time basis.  There is no residency requirement and we offer courses during the summer, as well as during the fall and spring.  Additionally many electives are available online.  Most students complete the program in approximately 6 years. 

I took the GRE before, do I need to take it again?

If you took the GRE within the last five years, have your scores sent to us.  If your scores are older than fiveyears and you have an official score report, you may submit it for our consideration.  No other standardized test is accepted.

What are acceptable GRE scores?

Your scores should be in the range of verbal 500, quantitative 500 and writing 4.5.  However, the admissions committee makes a holistic judgement based on all your submitted materials.

I do not have an undergraduate degree in math or science, can I still apply?

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator
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