College-level math courses are available fully online or in blended formats through 2- and 4-year colleges and universities; in a blended format, in-person attendance is required. Some post-secondary institutions offer self-paced online math courses as part of OpenCourseWare, in which anyone can access non-credit college-level course content for free. It is also possible to earn an online bachelor's or master's degree in math.
Additionally, many schools offer for-credit math courses to existing college students, adult professionals, select high school students and military workers. Some classes are also available through education-focused organizations and are designed to prepare students to take the CLEP exam, which can count as college credit if passed.
Distance Learning Information
In addition to completing stand-alone math courses online, students can pursue entire degrees. Some programs can be completed entirely online while others are available in a hybrid format with on-campus attendance.
While many distance learning math programs have students complete deadline-driven assignments and tests, some schools may require completion of mid-term and final exams under the supervision of a proctor. Throughout their learning process, students typically have access to video lectures and conferencing, interactive tutorials, e-mail and instant messaging.
Certain distance learning undergraduate programs in math require that students finish significant on-campus coursework before starting an online degree program. In addition, some programs require that students meet with faculty advisers on campus throughout the year.
Students earning an online bachelor's degree in math must also take courses in history, English and the social sciences. A distance learning bachelor's degree in math requires intensive study of statistics, computation and matrices.
Typical classes offered in undergraduate math programs include the following:
- Linear algebra
- Differential equations
- Probability theory
- Analytic geometry
- Applied statistics
- College algebra
- Mathematics for computer science
- Applied mathematics
The master's degree covers advanced concepts and theories related to the study and research of numbers; patterns and space; quantitative analysis; iterative methods and cryptography. Mathematics education master's degree programs are also available for aspiring math teachers.
Earning an online master's degree in math generally includes a number of independent study courses, and many programs require a research-based thesis conducted under supervision from a faculty member.
Master's programs might contain courses such as:
- Abstract algebra
- Vector calculus
- Partial differential equations
- Numerical analysis
- Multi-variable calculus
- Differential analysis
- Parallel computing
- Integral equations
- Advanced algorithms
- Algebraic topology
- Mathematical statistics
There are both undergraduate- and graduate-level math courses offered online to both students and professionals alike. Prospective students can enroll in a standalone course or an online bachelor's or master's degree program in the field.