Mathematics, M.S.

The 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.

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Mathematics, M.S.

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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.

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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