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Master's Degree in

Mathematics Graduate Program

About the Mathematics Master's Program

Embark on an intellectual journey with our Master of Science in Mathematics degree, offering advanced studies that equip students for community college teaching, fulfilling careers in mathematics, or further pursuits in higher-level math disciplines.

Additionally, Pitt State offers an 18-hour Graduate Certificate in Mathematics, meticulously designed to certify individuals with a robust foundation in graduate-level mathematics. This certificate is invaluable for those venturing into various domains, including collegiate-level teaching.

Master's Program Options

Option I – Thesis: In this option, students engage in in-depth research, culminating in the presentation and defense of a thesis that meets Graduate College requirements. This option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, including 3-5 hours in MATH 890 Research and Thesis.

Option II – Applied Research: For those inclined towards applied research, this option involves tackling specific problems or advanced projects. With a minimum of 32 credit hours, including 3-5 hours in MATH 891 Research Problem, you'll delve into practical applications of mathematical principles.

Student Organizations

Students can actively participate in various organizations such as:

  • Math Club
  • Mathematical Association of America Student Chapter
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society
  • Actuarial Club
  • Mo-Kan Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 

Research and Teaching

Our dedicated faculty members possess diverse expertise across the spectrum of mathematics, ensuring robust support for research endeavors at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

For graduate students, we offer valuable teaching assistantships, allowing them to develop as college-level instructors under the mentorship of our accomplished faculty members.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Mathematics Emphasis track are well-prepared for diverse careers, including:

  1. Mathematics Researcher: Conduct original research in mathematical theories and contribute to the advancement of the field.

  2. University Professor: Teach and inspire the next generation of mathematicians while conducting research in a university setting.

  3. Data Scientist: Apply mathematical models and statistical techniques to analyze large datasets in industries such as finance, healthcare, and technology.

  4. Financial Analyst: Utilize mathematical models to assess financial risks, evaluate investment strategies, and make informed decisions.

  5. Operations Research Analyst: Apply mathematical optimization models to improve decision-making processes in various industries.

  6. Quantitative Analyst: Use mathematical and statistical models to analyze financial markets and make data-driven investment decisions.

  7. Statistical Consultant: Provide expertise in statistical analysis and modeling to businesses and research organizations.

Accelerated Program

This program is an expansion of the existing Pittsburg State University program that permits students to have conditional acceptance to the master's program in their final undergraduate semester. With the "Jump Start" program, Mathematics majors have the chance to earn hours during their full senior year in order to have nine hours of graduate work completed prior to their undergraduate graduation.

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