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Mathematics, MS - Mathematics Option

MS in Mathematics

Take your teaching career to the next level or enter an exciting and dynamic industry that values exceptional analysis skills. No matter what your background is, the master’s in Mathematics program at the University of Central Missouri can help you achieve your goals.

You’ll take courses on a wide range of mathematical topics from experienced faculty who specialize in subjects such as analysis, differential equations, algebra, topology, statistics, financial mathematics and more. As you complete your master’s in Mathematics, they’ll guide you in refining your knowledge and discovering all of the possible jobs with a Mathematics degree.

Online courses available

If you’re exploring mathematics graduate programs but are worried about balancing your personal commitments with your education, look no further. UCM puts your MS in Mathematics within reach by offering graduate math courses in a synchronous online teaching format that you can fit into your life.

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Lianwen Wang, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Program Coordinator
W.C. Morris, Room 205B
Tel: 660-543-8870 |

College of Health, Science and Technology

Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences and Statistics


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Long-standing degree program

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Complete in as little as two years

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Synchronous online course options

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Take classes full or part time

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What you will study

The master’s in Mathematics program at the University of Central Missouri covers a wide range of advanced topics in graduate math courses that include:

  • Advanced Calculus
  • Combinatorics 
  • Functions of a Complex Variable
  • Mathematics of Finance
  • Modern Algebra
  • Principles of Data Mining
  • Regression Analysis
  • Topology

Two ways to graduate with your MS in Mathematics

Choose from one of two options to complete your master’s in Mathematics degree: pass a series of comprehensive exams or write a thesis. If your goal is to teach, the final exams option may be best for you. If you plan to pursue your doctoral degree and build a career in academia, the thesis option can start you on your path by acclimating you to advanced research.


Unique learning opportunities in the MS in Mathematics

Gain real-world experience by practicing what you’re learning in your graduate math courses at the University of Central Missouri. 

  • Internships: Put your MS in Mathematics to use in an internship. Find out what jobs you can get with a Mathematics degree by working in the Kansas City metro area and nationwide. UCM’s master’s in Mathematics students have worked at the Federal Reserve Bank, Cerner, KC Life, Sun Life and more.
  • Graduate assistantships: Teach undergraduate courses to gain experience in education, or work closely with faculty on mathematics research projects to gain expertise in designing and leading your own studies.


What can you do with a master’s in Mathematics from UCM?

The University of Central Missouri’s graduate math courses prepare you to effectively communicate mathematical ideas in a variety of jobs. You’ll be ready to enter fields such as:

  • Teaching: Work with students enrolled in advanced high school math classes, community college courses or dual-credit programs as you train them in key mathematical fundamentals and theories.
  • Business: With a master’s in Mathematics, you can enter one of the many jobs that require analytical thinking, quantitative reasoning and advanced mathematical abilities. You can contribute to any number of private- and public-sector fields, including economics, statistics, machine learning, data analysis, financial analysis and more.
  • Research: Prepare for a doctoral program where you can continue your study of graduate math courses at a higher level through additional graduate research.

Jobs with a Mathematics degree

Use the interactive tool below to explore career paths, salary estimates and projected job growth for students who complete mathematics graduate programs.




Financial assistance options for your master’s in Mathematics degree

The University of Central Missouri provides numerous ways to help you finance your education, including university scholarships, grants, tuition awards and access to federal financial aid. 

As a student in UCM’s master’s in Mathematics program, you’ll be eligible to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship and other paid opportunities, including tutoring and lab teaching assistantships.

UCM also offers scholarships exclusively to students in certain degree programs, including Mathematics graduate programs. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Explore programs related to advanced mathematics.

If you’re interested in graduate math courses and some of the other subjects covered in UCM’s Mathematics graduate programs, you may also be interested in the following graduate degrees available at UCM: 


Required and Elective Courses

This master’s degree requires 30 credit hours. The program includes required courses in modern algebra, analysis and topology as well as electives in number theory, graph theory, combinatorics, and statistics. Each student must complete either a series of comprehensive examinations or a thesis. For a complete program listing click the “Program of Study” link on the left side of this page.

Admission Criteria and Cost

The admission requirement is an undergraduate degree in mathematics (or equivalent coursework) with at least a 3.0 GPA in upper level mathematics courses. Occasionally we offer conditional admission to students not quite meeting these criteria. 

You may calculate the cost of courses in this program by using the UCM cost calculator. If you plan to take the courses from a distance (by web conference) you must use the calculator associated with hybrid/online courses.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships are available. Non-teaching assistantships are sometimes available in various offices on campus. Check the website for a current list of available assistantships.


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