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Mathematical Sciences

Master of Science

(30 Credit Hours)

Master of Science Mathematics

Few programs prepare students better for jobs in an array of industries than our Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences. Our graduates teach, work in industry and in government. Of course, many also enter doctoral programs.

Students in this program have multiple opportunities to work closely on projects with individual faculty members. These professors are actively involved in a wide variety of research areas including algebra, analysis, combinatorics, dynamical systems, geometry, Lie theory logic, mathematical biology, mathematical physics, number theory, numerical analysis, probability, representation theory, scientific computing, statistics and topology.

The program includes two concentrations: one in mathematics and one in statistics. Both tracks provide people in teaching and other professions with the means for career advancement or career change. Courses are offered in the summer and late afternoon/evening to accommodate working professionals. And classes are small, providing personal attention for students. In addition, the Department of Mathematics also offers a Graduate Certificate in Statistics and one in Operations Research. For more information, contact the program director or visit the program’s website.

Exceptional students may complete the program in an accelerated way through the combined BS-MS degree (4+1 program).                                                    

Program Goals

  1. Develop a thorough theoretical foundation in mathematics, including retention and integration of core knowledge, as well as more specialized knowledge in pure or applied mathematics, or statistics, sufficient for carrying out an independent project.
  2. Develop good oral and written communication skills for conveying mathematical ideas and reporting the results of mathematical studies.
  3. Provide a variety of project opportunities in the mathematical sciences including research theses, interdisciplinary projects, industry-inspired projects, internships, consulting, and development of educational resources.
  4. Prepare students for immediate employment and career advancement in industry, education or government, or for continuing their studies at the doctoral level.

Admissions Criteria

A bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences or a major with a strong mathematical background, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division mathematics and statistics courses. Entering students are expected to have courses in multivariate calculus, linear algebra and evidence of sufficient mathematical preparation. Applicants with deficiencies in the prerequisites for required courses in their chosen concentration will still be considered for the program, but must make up any deficiencies.

Students requesting admission should submit the following:

  • a brief statement of goals.
  • one official copy of a transcript from each institution of higher learning attended, including documentation of graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • two letters of recommendation from former professors or immediate superiors in recent employment.

2016-17 Tuition

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Application Deadlines

Fall priority deadline for completed applications: March 15 (This deadline is for those students seeking scholarships and assistantships.)
Fall deadline for all other completed applications: July 1

Contact Information

Martin Jones
Program Director
843.953.5735

Annalisa Calini
Program Director
843.953.5732

Additional Information