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Master of Arts in Mathematics

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The Master of Arts in Mathematics online program is intended for students who are secondary teachers who already hold teacher certification and are seeking rank change through earning a Master's degree. In addition, this program prepares teachers to teach dual credit classes and at a community college or technical school. Please note: This degree does not provide initial teacher certification or prepare a student for doctoral studies in mathematics.

The Department of Mathematics offers graduate assistantships to students in residence at WKU for $9,000 per semester, part of which can be applied directly to tuition. 

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have or be eligible for a teaching certificate for Secondary Mathematics (Grades 8-12).
  • Application and Fee
  • Satisfy one of the following conditions:
    • A bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university & the following courses, with at most 1 deficiency:
  • Calculus sequence through Multivariable Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Probability or Calculus-based Statistics
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Satisfy one of the following conditions: 
    • GAP score of at least 600 [GAP = (GRE-V + GRE-Q) + (Undergrad GPA x 100)] if the GRE was taken after August 2011.
    • GAP score of at least 2200 [GAP = (GRE-V + GRE-Q) x Undergrad GPA] if the GRE was taken prior to August 2011.
    •  WKU graduate with a degree in mathematics and an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.3.
  • The GRE MAY BE required for admission into this program.

Application Process

1. Apply for admission

  • Visit the WKU Online Admission Page for more information.
    • A Step By Step Guide for completing the application process: Application Tutorial
    • There is a $65 application fee.
  • Complete the WKU Domestic and International Graduate ApplicationUnder Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:
    • Category of Study >>> Masters
    • Planned Course of Study >>> Mathematics-MA (049)(T)

2. Submit Required Materials:

  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
    • Request at least one official transcript showing the completed degree from accredited institutions other than WKU
    • The transcript must be forwarded from the college or university registrar electronically or directly to the Graduate School. 
    • Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Graduate Admissions. 
      • You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request an official copy be sent by mail.
  • GRE SCORES
    • Submit an official GRE score report taken within the last 5 years.
  • TEACHING CERTIFICATE OR STATEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY
    • Kentucky teachers whose certificates have expired may be admitted into the program, but they may enroll in no more than six hours before they must apply to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board for re-issued certificates.
    • After completion of six hours, a student admitted with an expired certificate must submit a copy of the re-issued certificate before being allowed to register for any additional courses. 
    • Applicants from out-of-state with expired certificates must complete the requirements for their respective states to renew their certificates and submit a copy of the reissued certificate.
  • For additional information on university admission requirements please visit the Graduate School Admission Page.

During the first course in the program, TCHL 500, students will complete an assessment process that will be used in determining which TCHL core courses they must take.  While enrolled in TCHL 500, master's candidates will use several documents, including their KTIP assessments or in-kind examples, dispositions self-surveys, referrals from school personnel, and their respective School Improvement Plan, to develop with their respective program advisors individualized programs of study of 31-34 hours related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and professional goals. Each student's program of study will include some or all of the TCHL courses, at least one content course specific to their initial teaching certification areas, plus additional education-related or content courses.The MA in Mathematics requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level courses including the following:


Required Core Courses (12 hours)

  • MATH 501: Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
  • MATH 503: Introduction to Analysis
  • MATH 511: Algebra from an Advanced Perspective
  • MATH 512: Geometry from an Advanced Perspective

Selected Mathematics Elective Courses (6 Hours)

In addition to courses outlines above, students must complete 2 elective courses. Online courses may be selected from the list below. 

  • MATH 409G: History of Mathematics
  • MATH 504: Application of Technology to Problems in Mathematics
  • MATH 510: Intermediate Statistics
  • MATH 514: Mathematical Modeling and Applications

Secondary Education Core (10-16 Hours)

  • TCHL 500: Foundations of Teacher Leadership
  • TCHL 530: Curriculum Development
  • TCHL 545: Classroom Instruction Strategies
  • TCHL 555: School and Classroom Assessment
  • TCHL 559: Action Research Design for Teacher Leaders
  • TCHL 560: Action Research Capstone for Teacher Leaders

Education Electives (0-3 Hours) 

Students who successfully complete the proficiency examinations for TCHL 545 or TCHL 555 may graduate with 31 hours. However, students who successfully complete the proficiency examinations for TCHL 545 and TCHL 555 must substitute at least one education course with advisor approval to have a minimum of 31 hours to graduate.

Please note the following as you plan your program of study:

  • Additional course options are available on campus. Please click HERE to see the full schedule of classes.
  • A maximum of 9 hours at the 400G level courses may be included in the entire program. 
  • All students must either complete either TCHL 545 and TCHL 555 or pass proficiency evaluations for these courses. TCHL 500TCHL 530, and TCHL 560 are required for all students, and there are no proficiency evaluations that may be substituted for these courses.
  • Students may transfer up to 12 hours from another graduate program or institution to fulfill program requirements (if courses meet transfer requirements and advisor approval).
Please view the Mathematics Department Graduate Brochure for any additional requirements. You can view the brochure here.
You can also view this information on the Mathematics Department Page. It is located here.

Financial Aid: Eligibility Requirements and the Application Process

Financial Aid includes grants, scholarships and loans for educational purposes. To qualify for federal student aid you must meet certain requirements. General eligibility requirements can be reviewed on the Federal Student Aid website at studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria. Here are a few basics to keep in mind:

  • Your eligibility is determined through an application process. So, your first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Even if you doubt your eligibility, apply. Approximately 90% of those who apply qualify for some form of aid. A step-by-step guide through the application process can be found at wku.edu/financialaid/applying/how-to-apply.php.
  • Distance learning courses are treated the same as face-to-face courses. If your application is approved, you may elect to take web, on demand or face-to-face courses.  Distance courses through On Demand require same semester completion and an On Demand Agreement.
  • You must be classified as a degree-seeking student to qualify. Degree seeking normally refers to an  associate, baccalaureate or master degree. However, some stand-alone certificates are also eligible.
  • Certificate Program Eligibility:  As a general rule, if you are seeking an undergraduate certificate (certificate only; no degree), the program must require at least 16 credit hours, 15 weeks of instruction and be clearly tied to a profession. If you are seeking a graduate certificate (certificate only; no degree), the program must require at least 8 credit hours, 10 weeks of instruction and be clearly tied to a profession. For additional information on certificate eligibility, please email fa.questions@wku.eduCertificates may also be earned in conjunction with degrees at the associate, baccalaureate and master levels. Degree seeking students at the associate, bachelor and master levels will be awarded financial aid based on the primary degree listed.
  • You must be registered at least half-time to receive aid (6 credit hours for undergrad students; 4.5 credit hours for grad students).
  • You must meet federal and state regulations regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible. The complete SAP Policy is available at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.
  • The WKU School Code for the FAFSA application is 002002.

Veterans and Active Military

WKU is a military friendly school. Veterans and active military are required to file additional forms for military tuition assistance. The Office of Veterans Affairs unit that helps ensure all appropriate information is on file. For additional information visit wku.edu/veteran or email va.questions@wku.edu


Helpful Resources

Academic Department

Program Advisor: Dr. Kanita DuCloux
Email: kanita.ducloux@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-8791
Website: wku.edu/math/staff/kanita_ducloux


WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 


The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate 

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 Last Modified 4/11/18