The M.A. in Mathematics is a two-year program. It emphasizes more computational aspects of mathematics for students who are interested in jobs in business, industry, and government. The program also retains the flexibility to prepare students for teaching mathematics at the undergraduate level or to undertake doctoral work in mathematics.
The M.A. in Mathematics program requires a total of 30 credit hours with two different research requirements:
Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Mathematics
2 years | Full time
Algebra Requirements (6 hours)
Analysis Requirements (9 hours)
Applied Mathematics Requirement (3 hours) Select one of the following:
Core Electives (6 hours) Select two of the following:
Research Requirements (6 hours) Select either plan A or plan B:
Plan A (6 hours)
Plan B (6 hours) Required Courses (3 hours)
Electives (3 hours)
To be admitted to the program, candidates must meet the following criteria:
Applicants must meet all CMU Graduate Studies admission requirements. International students should take note of any special admission considerations required by the College of Graduate Studies, including TOEFL requirements.
Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of 20 semester hours of mathematics including Multivariate Calculus (equivalent to MTH 233), Abstract Algebra (equivalent to MTH 523), and Advanced Calculus (equivalent to MTH 532). Students missing one or more of these courses may be considered for Conditional Admission. Applicants granted Conditional Admission will be asked to take the missing course(s) when they begin the program. A grade point average of 2.7 overall and a 2.7 in mathematics are required.
Applicants must submit a Statement of Purpose of at least 100 words and not to exceed two pages. The Statement of Purpose should explain their relevant academic and professional experiences, discuss motivation for applying to the program, and describe their goals after completing the program.
Both admission to the program and awards of Graduate Assistantships are competitive. Applicants interested in a Graduate Assistantship position must submit a Graduate Assistantship Application along with General GRE scores and three letters of recommendation directly to the Department of Mathematics. Evaluation for Graduate Assistantships is based on the nature of previous coursework, grades, general GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. The deadline for applying for a Graduate Assistantship is February 15. Application materials received after February 15 are considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award:
The Out-of-State Tuition Merit Awards is available for graduate students who meet all three of the following requirements. Students who meet all the requirements will be eligible to receive domestic tuition.
Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on the U.S. 4.0 scale.
An appropriate entrance exam score:
Graduate Records Exam (GRE): Verbal score of at least 157 and Quantitative score of at least 152
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): Minimum score of 600
Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Minimum score of 418
Proof of English Proficiency (required only from non-native speakers of English)
TOEFL: Minimum score of 100 (ibt) or 600 (pbt)