Online Master’s Degrees in Mathematics

An online master’s degree in mathematics program may provide students with the skills and training needed to develop new mathematical principles and solve real-world mathematical problems. In these upper-level programs, students may learn how to create numerical models to solve practical problems, develop computational methods, and compare specific in-differences. Coursework within these programs may include a handful of electives and major-specific courses, such as statistics and probability, abstract algebra, and scientific computing.

Graduates may either pursue employment or further their education and enroll in a doctoral degree program in mathematics. Master’s degree graduates may find employment opportunities in several settings, including educational facilities, the federal government, and research companies.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 16% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum within an online master’s degree program in mathematics may combine major-specific courses alongside courses geared toward their specific major, such as educational, computational, and applied mathematics. Students enrolled in these programs may learn how to teach mathematics at an elementary or secondary level as well as use information technology to solve mathematics problems. Core mathematics courses may include the following:

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Numbers and Mathematical Thinking
  • Calculus Concepts
  • Scientific Computing
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Complex Analysis

Career Options

Graduates of online master’s degree programs in mathematics may find careers working for the federal government, research facilities, educational institutions, and architectural companies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for those pursuing a careers as mathematicians are expected to increase by 16% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Mathematician
  • Math Teacher
  • Actuary
  • Financial Analyst
  • Statistician

Continuing Education

Graduates of online master’s-level programs in mathematics may pursue higher education and enroll in doctoral-level programs in mathematics. These research-heavy PhD programs may include courses on abstract algebra, topology, and complex analysis.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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