Preference will be given to applicants who have:

  1. Earned BS or BA degree from a mathematics or mathematics teaching program
  2. Certification in at least one state to teach secondary mathematics
  3. A current position in high school teaching
  4. Two or more years of teaching experience
  5. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

Consideration will be given to applications as space allows:

  • High school teachers with a significant mathematics background but not holding secondary mathematics certification (e.g., private school teachers)
  • Certified secondary mathematics teachers not currently teaching but who intend to teach secondary mathematics in the near future
  • Middle school teachers who hold secondary mathematics certification

Application Procedure

  1. All potential applicants are encouraged to complete a screening and advising form for the Department of Mathematical Sciences. This allows the MSMME coordinator to pre-assess your qualifications and to advise you regarding specific application requirements. The screening and advising can be completed and submitted onilne by clicking here.
  2. Under our current system, all incoming MSMME teachers are assigned to an annual summer cohort. Teachers beginning the program in Fall or Spring are assigned to the upcoming summer cohort.
  3. Applications may be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Preferred application deadlines are: July 1 for Fall term admission; November 1 for Spring term admission; April 1 for Summer term admission. Applications received after these deadlines can qualify for expedited review depending on the planned start date.
  4. Applications are first reviewed by the MSMME coordinator, who then presents the candidate to the mathematics education faculty for a collective admission decision. Accepted applications then proceed to the MSU Graduate School for formal admission. Upon admission, you will receive a letter of acceptance from the MSU Graduate School.
  5. We DO NOT require the GRE exam for this program.  However, we do require a written personal statement for use in reviewing your potential as an MSMME teacher. In your statement, please summarize your educational and teaching history and current status, discuss your strengths and interests as a mathematics teacher, and describe your goals for completing a Masters Degree in Mathematics focused on secondary mathematics education.
  6. The application process also requires you to pay a fee, complete an information form, submit appropriate transcripts, and provide three letters of recommendation. You can find instructions for completing an application from the MSU Graduate School at This links you directly to the application requirements. As soon as the first application item arrives in the Mathematical Sciences office (probably your MSU application form), the department will open a file for you.  We will continue to update/add to the file until it is complete, at which time it begins a formal review process.  Please note that you will *not* receive updates about which items are missing from your file.  It will be your responsibility to contact  the Mathematical Sciences department office to confirm that all required items have arrived.

Tuition Note

The MSMME Program is approved under the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which allows teachers from Western states to pay resident tuition. The participating states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  If you are from one of these states, please include a request for "WICHE/WRGP status" in your file (this can be a brief memo naming your state of residence and requesting in-state tuition under the WICHE/WRGP program).

Submit Updated Application Materials To

MSMME c/o Katie Sutich
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
2-214 Wilson Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717




Updated: 03/25/2015