Graduate Program Overview
We offer a 2-year graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Mathematics. Students typically organize their program of study within one of three broad areas:
Applied Mathematics: In addition to advanced linear algebra and four semesters of analysis, students can take courses in partial differential equations and mathematical modeling.
Pure Mathematics: We offer yearlong sequences in real analysis, complex analysis, and algebra, with electives in topology, number theory and others.
Statistics: Students may take a full year of graduate level mathematical statistics, and courses in stochastic systems and linear statistical models. NOTE: Beginning Fall 2022 our offerings in statistics are more limited, and concentrating in statistics may not be possible.
In addition to coursework, MA students have the opportunity to work individually on a research project supervised by one of our 22 graduate faculty. Such collaboration often culminates in the publication of one or more research papers. (You can take a look at past MA theses and view the recent student-authored publications on our Recent Graduates page.) This early exposure to research is what sets our MA program apart.
Because of the small size of the program, with 10-12 students, we offer small classes, with each student receiving plenty of individual attention. We specialize in preparing students for PhD programs, but many of our graduates also pursue employment in teaching or industry.
Related link: Degree Requirements
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. These provide a full tuition waiver and a living stipend. In order to qualify for an assistantship, international students must have a TOEFL score of at least 92 (internet-based). Teaching assistants are expected to spend approximately 17 hours per week on assigned duties, which usually consist of grading, leading undergraduate recitations, and staffing the Math Lab, an open tutorial center.
Admission to the Program
In addition to satisfactory performance of the applicant as an undergraduate, as evidenced by transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a writing sample, the Department requires one semester of real analysis (equivalent to MAT 425) and one semester of abstract algebra (equivalent to MAT 463). Occasionally, students can be admitted with a deficiency in one of these areas if the deficiency is made up in the first year of graduate study. The minimum TOEFL score for admission for non-native English speakers is 80 (internet-based). The due date for applications is typically mid January. Click here to apply.