The Master of Arts programs in mathematics (MA) typically require students to take main courses in algebra, geometry-topology and analysis in their first year, unless a mastery of the material is demonstrated. The student is free to decide the remainder of the courses, which allows specialization within the program.1 Schools typically offer research opportunities with professors during this program.2​ A master's degree in mathematics provides well-rounded mathematical training for a career of research and teaching in mathematics, as well as for other careers which use mathematics in a substantial way such as banking, actuary analysis, statistics and finance.1 Most students intending on a career in academia and research typically pursue a PhD and not a master's degree. However, a master's degree can help students enlarge their toolkit, so they can get into a better PhD program in fields such as economics.

General Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree with GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • GRE mathematics subject (average 850) and general test.​
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • ​Preliminary exam (specific exam varies with school)

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