Master of Science in Mathematics
M.S. in Mathematics – MS3101, MS3111
Department of Mathematics
Morton Hall 321
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus
Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring
A principal feature of the master’s program in mathematics is the possibility of designing a study plan to meet a student’s individual needs and interests. A master’s degree in mathematics can be used to fulfill several different goals, and the program meets this diversity of expectations in its several tracks. While the coursework varies somewhat, all tracks assure the student obtains a solid mathematical foundation and a rigorous and versatile training in analytic problem solving using mathematical tools. All tracks require at least 40 graduate credit hours and can normally be completed in two years.
Many master’s students are trained and financially supported as teaching assistants and have the opportunity to teach classes as the primary instructor. This is a full-time program. Normative time to completion is two academic years.
The Doctoral Preparation track (MS3101) is for students intending to continue to a doctoral program here or at another university.
The Applied track (MS3101) is for students who wish to use mathematics for careers in government or industry, or to pursue a doctoral degree in a field other than mathematics. Students develop skills in the formulation, analysis, and solution of mathematical models valuable for a variety of application areas.
The Computational track (MS3111) is for students who wish to use mathematics for careers in government or industry, with an emphasis on algorithms and software.
The General track (MS3101) is for students requiring more flexibility than permitted by the more specific tracks. It is important for students in this track to work with their advisor to assure their course choices prepare them for their intended career path.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Graduates will demonstrate mastery in subject materials by taking courses with PhD students.
- Graduates will be able to listen and analyze oral mathematical presentations involving original research results.
- Graduates will be able to communicate mathematical ideas and results effectively in written and oral form.
- Graduates will be able to conduct professional activities in an ethical manner.
Opportunities for Graduates
Depending on their track, students may continue their graduate education, work in government or industry, or teach at the college level.
Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/cas/math/graduate/m-s
- A bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or closely related field with minimum grade point average (GPA) 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
- Core undergraduate mathematics coursework such as single and multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, and introductory statistics.
- Upper level undergraduate mathematics coursework. No specific courses are required, but you need to demonstrate that you can succeed at courses at this level, including proof-based courses. A good model of courses to take is the Mathematics Major (B.S.) (BS3101) here.
- Non-native English speakers must demonstrate English proficiency as specified in this graduate catalog.
For students applying to the Computational track, we also require:
- Core undergraduate computer science coursework, such as Discrete Structures, Organization of Programming Languages, and Data Structures.
This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.
Complete a minimum of 40 credit hours as follows: