Graduate Program

The Department of Mathematics offers a master of science degree for students seeking to deepen their studies of pure mathematics, applied mathematics or statistics. Please contact the department to discuss whether the program is a good fit for you.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for a master of science in mathematics should have completed courses in real analysis (advanced calculus) beyond calculus of several variables, linear algebra, and modern abstract algebra or probability. Students must demonstrate proficiency in real analysis and either abstract algebra or probability. They may do so either by taking a preliminary exam or by auditing the relevant course with a grade of B or better on the final exam. The required courses of the master’s program are offered only during the fall and spring semesters.

Program Description

This graduate program may be tailored to the specific goals of students. Admitted candidates will confer with their academic adviser in the Department of Mathematics before enrolling to prepare a tentative program of courses. Candidates may select programs with concentrations in pure mathematics, applied mathematics or statistics.

Final approval of a candidate’s program rests with the department’s graduate committee. Granting of the master’s degree is dependent on the student's having:

  • Passed the preliminary examination or audited the corresponding courses with a grade of B or better.
  • Completed MATH 609 or MATH 646, MATH 645, MATH 662 and either five approved electives or four approved electives and a master’s thesis under the direction of a faculty member in the mathematics department.
  • Passed a comprehensive oral examination.
  • Presented a mathematical talk in the Student Colloquium lecture series. 

This program is tailored for students with specific goals. Please contact us to discuss whether the program is a good fit for you.

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Contact Details

Department of Mathematics


380 Olin Science Building