Universities with Master's Degrees in Math: How to Choose

Students seeking a master's degree in math can choose a university offering the area of concentration that matches their career goals. Numerous schools confer master's degrees in one or more concentrations, such as mathematics, applied mathematics, financial mathematics and mathematics education.

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Math master's degree programs are available in a wide array of specializations, from math education to financial mathematics. These programs may be found through the math departments of 4-year universities and colleges.

Top Math Schools

These schools offer a variety of master's degree programs in math, with different concentrations and requirements.

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition 2015-2016*
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public $13,431 in-state, $28, 533 out-of-state
Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit $44,176
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit $40,984

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Applied Math
  • Computational Math
  • Math for Computer Science
  • Mathematical Probability and Statistics
  • Statistics, General

University Selection Criteria

  • Those wishing to complete a master's degree in math in less than two years should look into universities offering accelerated programs.
  • Working professionals should check out programs that are designed to accommodate their schedules and consider how much on-campus participation is required.
  • Students may wish to consider thesis-optional programs or programs that require a comprehensive exam.
  • Prospective teachers should also verify which mathematics education programs offer state teaching certification, and students should also research the availability of graduate assistantships, internship opportunities and research grants.

Master's Degree in Mathematics

This degree program is generally aimed at students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics. Completion of a master's thesis or project is generally required.

Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics

Students study mathematical concepts that have practical applications in other fields, such as aerospace equipment manufacturing, telecommunications, computer services and engineering research. This program may require a thesis, examination or project.

Master's Degree in Financial Mathematics

This program prepares students for such positions as risk analysts and financial consultants. Students may be required to complete an internship.

Master's Degree in Mathematics Education

The Mathematics Education and Master of Arts in Teaching in Mathematics programs are appropriate for those who want to teach mathematics at the middle school, secondary school or 2-year college level. Some programs are applicable to those who seek teaching credentials, some are for teachers wanting to expand their knowledge and other programs are for both types of students. A student teaching component may be required.

Graduates of a master's degree program in math may find work in careers such as teaching, risk analysis, and engineering research, depending upon the program. Students should look for a program with their desired concentration, and should research if the program will prepare them to work in their desired career, such as obtaining a teaching certification.

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