The Masters of Science in Mathematics - Mathematics Education Option (MSMME) is designed for teachers of secondary (high school) mathematics. The goals of MSMME include deepening participants' understanding of school mathematics, increasing their pedagogical content knowledge, and providing opportunities for personal reflection and professional growth. MSMME has served teachers in Montana and the Northwest region of the United States for nearly twenty-fuve years. In the last decade, a significant distance learning component combined with an on-campus summer institute have allowed us to offer this content-based degree to place-bound mathematics teachers across the nation. Well over one hundred teachers have completed the degree since 1991.

  • MSMME is designed for teachers-in-service where they live and work. Equalizing access for all faculty is important for MSU's outreach mission and important for Montana, where distance traditionally has inhibited teachers in rural areas from pursuing advanced degrees.
  • The program was identified as unique and of high quality by the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). It was added to the WRGP in 2000. This allows students from 15 Western states, including California, to complete the program at very affordable residential rates. 
  • Up to nine semester hours of graduate credit earned at another institution, if approved, can be transferred into the program.
  • Most of the program can be completed off campus. At least two online courses are offered each semester, both academic year and summer. 
  • On-campus summer courses are offered in an intensive three-week format to reduce expenses and time away from home.
  • When registered for MSU courses, students have access to a growing collection of on-line journals and other on-line library resources through the MSU Library.
  • Class size is kept to a maximum of 20 students. Numbers are usually in the 10-15 range, making student-professor interactions friendly and productive.
  • Students who wish to include coursework in science education as a "supporting area" can, with MSMME approval, apply credit hours of science education coursework toward the MSMME degree. Currently a wide variety of graduate level science education courses are offered in the distance learning format. See MSU's Master of Science in Science Educationfor more information.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 14,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.With support from the Burns Technology Center and the Extended University, Montana State University has made the commitment to develop and sustain distance learning programs for place-bound teachers and other professionals.  Click here to learn more about MSU.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in southwest Montana, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by four national airlines and is the second busiest airport in the state.Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, and the kind of scenery and year-round recreational opportunities that make Montana one of this nation's "last best places."




Updated: 10/22/2012