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Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences

Our Mission

The mission of our Master of Science in mathematical sciences program is to prepare and train the next generation of mathematical scientists. M.S. students will familiarize themselves with a broad base of mathematical techniques from many areas of the mathematical sciences. They will be involved in a significant research project and will be taught to effectively disseminate their findings through written publication and oral presentation. Upon receiving the M.S. degree these students will be competent in a broad array of mathematical science techniques and will be effective communicators and teachers of basic mathematical sciences.

Program Structure

The M.S. program is structured to introduce the student to many areas of the mathematical sciences and develop deep knowledge in the student's chosen area of specialization.


Entering students are expected to have basic courses in linear algebra, differential equations, a computer language, and statistics, and foundational courses in advanced calculus (or real analysis), modern abstract algebra and probability.


The M.S. breadth requirement consists of six graduate courses: one from each of algebra, analysis, computing, operations research, statistics, and one additional course in operations research or statistics.


In addition, six courses are selected to define an identifiable concentration area.  

Research and Dissemination of Results

As a means of integrating the student's program of diverse study, a master's project must be completed by the end of the second year. The student makes an oral and written presentation of the master's degree project.

M.S. Thesis Option

A student can opt to complete a M.S. thesis instead of the written M.S. project described above. If the student chooses this option then two of the concentration courses will be replaced with six hours of M.S. research.