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Mathematics MS - Mathematics Option

Advance Your Career!

A master’s degree in mathematics provides key skills necessary to work in some of the fastest-growing sectors of our economy. Whether you are planning to pursue a Ph.D., teach advanced high school or community college classes, or work in business, industry or government, this master’s degree will help you achieve your goals.

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.

Work With the Best!

Mathematics faculty members at UCM make teaching a priority.  They make every effort to know their students and provide personal attention.  These faculty members are also active researchers in their fields, regularly presenting their original work at conferences and publishing in professional journals. As a master’s student, you will have the opportunity to work with these faculty members on joint projects that often result in published papers and presentations at regional and national conferences.

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.

Graduate Certificate

An 18-hour graduate certificate in mathematics is designed for high school teachers who have a master’s degree in another field, such as education, and need graduate courses in mathematics.  Click the “Graduate Certificate” link on the left side of this page for more information.


Lainwen Wang, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
WCM 205B
Tel: (660) 543-8870


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