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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Timeline View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 15 *
  • Spring: November 1 **
  • Summer: May 1 *

*Must apply by February 15 to be considered for an assistantship.
**Must apply by September 15 to be considered for an assistantship.

Mathematics, M.S.

The Georgia State University Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs in mathematics provide education at the graduate level in algebra, analysis, applied mathematics and statistics. The curriculum offers an optimal balance among the broad range of statistical techniques, mathematical methods and computation.

Students can pursue a general course of study or one of six areas of concentration:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Scientific Computing
  • Statistics
  • Statistics and Allied Field

The concentrations in statistics are programs for students pursuing careers as professional statisticians in industry, business or government. These programs also provide advanced training in applied statistics for those who are already working in areas that use statistics.

The concentrations in discrete mathematics and scientific computing are for students who wish to combine their study of mathematics with selected areas in discrete mathematics and computer science.

Program Highlights

Classroom Experience

In small classrooms, students learn through lectures, discussion, small group activities, hands-on experiences, readings, individual assignments and group projects.

Affordable Education

More than 50 percent of our incoming M.S. students and more than 80 percent of second-year graduate students receive graduate teaching assistantships and get a full tuition waiver.

Learning Through Teaching

M.S. students who become graduate teaching assistants have opportunities to learn how to tutor undergraduate laboratory sessions and to teach undergraduate mathematics and statistics courses.

Program Details

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree in mathematics, statistics or its equivalent
  • Courses in mathematics equivalent to:
    • MATH 4435/MATH 6435 Linear Algebra II
    • MATH 4751/MATH 6751 Mathematics Statistics I
    • MATH 4752/MATH 6752 Mathematics Statistics II
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official GRE Scores *
  • Transcripts (one from each institution attended)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores (international applicants only) *

For the Statement of Purpose, provide a statement of your educational background, experience and preparation relevant to a graduate program in your chosen concentration, and specify your research and career goals.

* Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting GRE and TOEFL scores

Students who choose a thesis option will take 24 hours of graduate-level courses plus 6 hours of thesis research, with a thesis and a thesis defense.

Those who choose a non-thesis (capstone) option will take 36 hours of graduate-level courses including 3 hours of graduate capstone course.

Visit the catalog for curriculum details.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students.

More than 50% of our new M.S. students and more than 80% of our current graduate students receive Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA).  About 10% of our M.S. students receive Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA), which have to be arranged with an individual research faculty member.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


Most Graduate Fellowships only apply to Ph.D. students.

The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.

Our students will:

  • Learn a broad range of statistical techniques and mathematical methods
  • Become fluent in SAS and R, which are industry-standard software programs for statisticians
  • Be ready to apply statistical methods to real-world problems



Students completing these degrees are prepared for positions in industry, government, business, college teaching and advanced study in mathematics. Many of our graduate students secure internships during the program, gaining experience and building connections with local employers.


Graduate Director, Mathematics
Zhongshan Li
[email protected]

Graduate Director, Statistics
Gengsheng “Jeff” Qin
[email protected]

Graduate Staff
Katina Akins
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Atlanta, GA 30303

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