Mathematics Education PhD


Program Format

This program is designed to offer flexibility for students by holding most classes in the late afternoon/evenings. Classes tend to be held on our Burnaby campus.

Students complete:

EDUC 905-5
Fieldwork IV

See your supervisor for more information.

EDUC 941-5
Mathematical Learning and Thinking: Historical, Philosophical and Psychological Dimensions

Mathematical Learning and Thinking: Historical, Philosophical, and Psychological Dimensions

EDUC 941

Focuses on motivations and rationales guiding seminal thinkers in the historical development of mathematical thinking, mathematical cognition and learning, with an eye toward foundational issues in contemporary educational research, theory and practice.

EDUC 942-5
Contemporary Theories and Methodologies in Mathematics Education

Contemporary Theories and Methodologies in Mathematics Education

EDUC 942

Contemporary theories and methodologies in mathematics education will be examined and analysed. Developing an overview of mathematics education as an evolving research domain will be focal.

EDUC 946-5
Doctoral Seminar in Mathematics Education

Doctoral Seminar in Mathematics Education

EDUC 946

This seminar is designed to extend and deepen students' understanding of the discipline of mathematics education. It will examine international developments, research programs, special interest groups, recent theories in learning and teaching mathematics, and issues in mathematics teacher education. Prerequisite: EDUC 942.

EDUC 983-5
Comprehensive Examination

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

EDUC 983

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Normally, the comprehensive examination is completed in the term in which course requirements are completed, or the term immediately following.

EDUC 899-15*
Doctoral Thesis

A major part of this program is original research. A thesis describing this is submitted and defended. Normally, before the fourth course a thesis research plan is presented to the supervisory committee. Upon entry to the program, every term students enroll in EDUC 899-15 Doctoral Thesis.

*Effective January 1, 2018, the unit value of EDUC 899 increased to 15 units from 10 units.

  • Start Term: Fall 2023 (September)
  • Applications Open: October 1, 2022
  • Applications Close: December 1, 2022
  • Tuition 2022/23*: $2,025.60/term
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.



PhD EDUC Course Offerings Summer 2021 - Summer 2022 (revised April 2021)

Course Offering

Note: Course offerings subject to change. Current scheduling information available at or contact us at Consult your pro-tem/supervisor prior to enrolling in courses outside your program.


Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.