Doctor of Arts in Mathematics

Admission Requirements

For admission to the D.A. program in Mathematics, the applicant must meet all admission requirements of the Idaho State University Graduate School as well as the following admission requirements of the department:

  1. completion of all requirements for a master's degree equivalent to the M.S. degree in Mathematics at Idaho State University before the start of the initial enrollment;
  2. at least 3.5 grade point average (GPA) out of 4.0 in all previous graduate course work; and
  3. at least the 67th percentile on the quantitative reasoning section and 50th percentile for the average of the percentiles on the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.

In addition to completing the application procedure specified by the Graduate School, an applicant to the D.A. program in Mathematics must:

  1. submit a letter addressing the applicant's reasons for pursuing the D.A. degree in Mathematics uploaded with the application to the Idaho State University Graduate School;
  2. arrange for at least three confidential letters of recommendation, to be submitted within the application to the Idaho State University Graduate School, and addressing the applicant's background and potential for success in the study of advanced mathematics and teaching of college-level mathematics courses.

Applicants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  1. measure of success in completing the master's degree;
  2. satisfactory GRE scores (see Item 3 of the above departmental admission requirements);
  3. teaching experience;
  4. letters of recommendation; and
  5. applicant's reasons for pursuing the D.A. degree.

An applicant who wishes to be considered for financial assistance must complete a Financial Assistance Application form and submit the completed Financial Assistance Application form directly to the Idaho State University Graduate School.

Applications for Fall semester enrollment must be received by April 1st to be given full consideration.
Applications for Spring semester enrollment must be received by November 1st to be given full consideration.

For more information about applying and admissions requirements, please visit the Graduate School Program website at:


Up to six credits beyond the master’s degree may be transferred into the program. Two consecutive semesters of full-time study are required in residence.

Committees and Advising

The student will be advised initially by the departmental graduate committee. This group will be the student’s temporary advising committee and will assist in the selection of the student’s permanent committee which will supervise the remainder of the student’s program.

General Requirements

The program requires coursework, a thesis, teaching internships, and examinations as described below. The program must include a minimum of 48 credits beyond the master's degree and at least two 6600-level sequences taken in residence. Approval for optional courses is granted by the departmental graduate committee.

Course Work
Mathematics Component
MATH 6625Real Analysis I3
MATH 6626Real Analysis II3
MATH 6627Complex Analysis I3
MATH 6628Complex Analysis II3
MATH 6631Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 6632Abstract Algebra II3
MATH 6671Topology I3
MATH 6672Topology II3
Twelve additional 6600-level Mathematics credits, including one full-year sequence12
Interdisciplinary and Applied Mathematics Component
The following courses satisfy this requirement:15
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Advanced Engineering Mathematics I
Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I
Introduction to Numerical Analysis II
Applied Regression Analysis
Experimental Design
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Partial Differential Equations
Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Analysis II
Stochastic Processes
Advanced Topics in Probability and Statistics
Differential Equations I
Differential Equations II
Methods of Applied Mathematics I
Methods of Applied Mathematics II
Graduate courses taken in other departments may be applied toward this requirement, but such courses must contain a substantial mathematics component and be approved by the departmental graduate committee.
Education Component
MATH 6600Introduction to College Mathematics Teaching1
MATH 6610Topics in College Mathematics Teaching1
MATH 6692Doctor of Arts Seminar2
MATH 6693Mathematical Exposition1
An approved course in technical or expository writing if recommended by the departmental graduate committee in consultation with the student’s permanent committee.
Doctor of Arts Thesis
An expository research paper in mathematics or mathematics education.6
Teaching Internship
MATH 7700Supervised Teaching Internship6
Total Credits68


  1. D.A. Written Examination: A written comprehensive examination on undergraduate-level mathematics.
  2. Oral Examination: An oral examination on the four 6600-level sequences listed in the Mathematics Component.
  3. Final Examination: The candidate will present to the public a lecture on the candidate’s dissertation and will answer any questions that arise. Following the lecture and question period, the candidate will be examined orally by the candidate’s dissertation committee on topics related to the dissertation.

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering and Applied Science

A doctoral program in Engineering and Applied Science, administered through the College of Science and Engineering, is available to mathematics students. The complete program description is provided in the Engineering and Applied Science section of the Graduate Catalog.