Department of Mathematics at Illinois State University

How to Apply

Graduate catalogs and applications for admission and assistantships may be requested from the graduate school (see web site or by contacting the mathematics graduate director at

Mike Plantholt, Graduate Director

Department of Mathematics
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4520
Normal, IL 61790-4520
Telephone: (309) 438-7174
E-mail: Mike Plantholt

Masters in Mathematics Education

Sequence in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Education

Persons who are teaching or who plan to teach at the elementary or middle school level may elect the Sequence in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Education.

A total of thirty-two hours of courses, with at least 24 in mathematics, are required, Fifteen hours must be at the 400 level, including at least 10 in mathematics. Either a written comprehensive examination or an approved thesis with no more than six credit hours in MAT 499 is required. All electives are subject to approval by the department’s graduate committee. Each student who elects this sequence must complete:

  • MAT 304 Topics in Geometry and Measurement for K-8 Teachers
  • MAT 401 Current Research in School Mathematics
  • MAT 402 Instructional Strategies for Elementary and Junior High Mathematics
  • MAT 403 Theories of Mathematical Learning
  • MAT 409 Topics in Algebra and Combinatorics for K-8 Teachers

Please see the graduate catalog for additional requirements and information; the catalog is viewable on the web at

Secondary Mathematics Education

Those interested in Secondary Mathematics Education are encouraged to pursue the secondary mathematics education option under the Masters in Mathematics program. (Note: This program does not lead to certification for teaching mathematics.)

Financial Assistance

Graduate Assistantships are available for qualified applicants who study full-time on an academic year basis. Recipients are engaged in teaching, tutoring, and other support activities for approximately 18 hours per week. The stipend in Fall, 2007 is $ 990 per month, for nine months. A full 12-month tuition waiver that includes courses taken the following summer accompanies graduate assistantships. Individual tuition waivers for full- or part-time students are also available. Applications for a graduate assistantship are available from either the graduate admissions office, or the Department of Mathematics’ graduate director.

Admissions Process

The following items must be submitted to 2200 Graduate Admissions, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-2200:

  1. Completed application
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (1 set)
  3. International students, a TOEFL score (at least an internet score of 79) or IELTS score of 6.5 band

Application Deadlines

Two months should be considered the minimum period of time between application and registration for classes; international admissions should leave more time. Decisions for Fall semester graduate assistantships are made beginning March 1.