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30 credit hours (18+ months)

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Master of Science in Mathematics

Our master’s in mathematics degree program provides rigorous training in analytical problem-solving to enhance and enrich your skills and knowledge in mathematics for an exciting, successful career in industry, research or education. Mastering the mathematical tools that power the modern world opens the door to some of the most desirable, secure and satisfying careers available, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Jobs of 2020. Choose from three areas of specialization:

  • Data Science is a highly cooperative, interactive and specialized two-year master’s program offered primarily via daytime, in-person instruction. Our small class sizes create a collaborative environment focused on individual discovery and mastery of both the foundational mathematics and the high-level modern tools that make big data sets reveal their secrets. You will master Python, R and SQL. You will train deep neural networks, build sophisticated statistical models and write complex queries to solve real problems that you are passionate about. Students work in our High-Performance Computing Lab, featuring workstations equipped with multiple CUDA-enabled GPUs for rapid analysis of big data sets.
  • Mathematics Education is designed for educators who want additional training to take on leadership roles in their schools, as well as to gain the necessary credentials to teach dual credit courses in secondary schools, community colleges or universities. We offer evening classes where graduate students deepen their mathematical content knowledge while learning student-centered teaching strategies and judicious use of technology for engaging students effectively and impacting student learning.
  • Pure and Applied Mathematics is a research-focused program for students preparing for a doctoral program taught primarily via small, daytime, in-person classes. We have pure mathematics faculty working in algebra, analysis, dynamical systems, probability and statistics and topology, as well as applied mathematics faculty working in mathematical biology, numerical analysis and computational modeling.

In all of our math master’s degree specializations, we provide exceptional value with opportunities in and out of the classroom to gain the training and experience you need to advance your career with math.


Why Pursue an Advanced Degree in Mathematics?

In recent years, the best non-medical jobs have been mathematician, statistician and software developer, according to U.S. News & World Report. Data science is the fast-changing field at the intersection of all three. Data scientists know how to find patterns in data that solve problems in business, medicine, science, finance, security, government and many other fields. Many data science certificate programs teach only basic skills and mechanics for using software that will be out of date a few years later. We will teach you to understand how the mathematics and code really work, so you can create, think deeply and thrive an ever-changing data science career. With a data science master’s from Tarleton, you will graduate with both the coding skills to expertly wield the data science tools of today and the mathematical foundation to master and lead their evolution tomorrow.

Building on one of the strongest undergraduate mathematics education programs in Texas, we offer graduate mathematics courses specifically designed with teachers in mind. These courses provide the content knowledge and experiences necessary for teachers to move into leadership positions within their school districts such as curriculum specialist, mathematics coach or department chair. In addition, this program provides the necessary graduate mathematics courses needed to be credentialed to teach dual credit courses in their high schools. Schools continually need great mathematics teachers and are willing to pay above base salary to get them. Tarleton teachers are highly sought after by schools in the region because of our intensive, high-quality program.

What Can You Do With Your Master's Degree in Mathematics?

Math is everywhere. Many of the world’s best jobs are powered by mathematics. With a master’s in math, you can work in fields as diverse as business, research, government, education and medicine through roles such as:

  • Data Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Research Analyst or Quantitative Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst or Financial Analyst (Economist)
  • Medical Data Professional
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Actuary
  • Software or Systems Engineer
  • Computer Programmer or IT Consultant
  • Mathematics Instructor or Curriculum Specialist

Many graduates go on to pursue PhDs.

Careers in Mathematics

Tarleton data science master’s graduates secure high-paying data science jobs with rapid career advancement, working for prestigious employers such as Capital One Finance, HAVI Global Solutions, Informatica and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Others have pursued PhDs at Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Washington University in St. Louis and so on. In the past three years, 100% of data science master’s-level students found great positions within six months of graduating.

Our mathematics education graduates secure leadership positions in regional independent school districts, community colleges and universities. Many of our graduates also choose to pursue doctoral degrees.

How Much do Mathematics Graduates Make?

The median annual salary for computer and information research scientists, such as data scientists, was nearly $120,000 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Why Study Mathematics at Tarleton?

Math powers the modern world. The knowledge, skills and techniques you learn from courses, research, teaching, field experiences and other opportunities have far-reaching applications and prepare you for a variety of careers in mathematics and beyond.

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Get paid to teach or research while getting your degree

Graduate research assistantships (GRAs) pay you to work on original research with major partners like the U.S. Dept of Agriculture and Blue Cross Blue Shield that is fundamentally different from textbook or classroom learning. Graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) offer in-the-classroom experience teaching university-level math courses to improve your teaching strategies and skills while you complete your own graduate coursework.

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Gain experience through research and real-world problem-solving

Most graduate students conduct research with faculty in mathematics and other departments, solving real, multidisciplinary problems while gaining valuable experience employers seek.

 

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Master Technology

Tarleton’s Department of Mathematics houses a high-performance GPU parallel-computing lab, which provides opportunities for hands-on experience in applied mathematics and data science using state-of-the-art tools and technology. Our data science courses are constantly evolving to incorporate the newest tools and algorithms.

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Learn from passionate, award-winning faculty

All of our classes are small, so you get direct, individual attention and collaboration with your professors and peers. You’ll receive guidance and mentorship from experts who are personally invested in your success. Our specialties include mathematics education, statistics, high-performance computing, data science, mathematical biology and traditional areas of mathematics such as abstract algebra, analysis and topology.

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Get graduate school paid for

Tarleton offers financial support toward your master’s degree in mathematics. Most graduate students in mathematics are financially supported through graduate teaching or research assistantships. Graduate student scholarships, on-campus jobs and loans are also available. You could graduate with no debt and a clear path into one of the world’s best jobs.

What Classes Will You Take as a Mathematics Graduate Student?

All graduate students in the mathematics master’s degree program take core coursework in statistical models, abstract algebra, linear algebra and real analysis. Then, you’ll choose electives in your area of specialization, such as In-Depth Mathematical Reasoning, Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry and Technology-Aided Mathematics for mathematics education; Statistical Models, Data Science and Data Warehousing for data science; or Complex Variables and Topology for pure and applied mathematics.

View all required and elective courses for the mathematics master’s degree.

Bobby Lindsey Portrait
The Tarleton MS in Mathematics program prepared me to make an immediate impact in the workforce. The technical and leadership skills I learned as a graduate student have helped me take on industry-leading analytics projects and prepared me to be able to confidently present to all levels of leadership at J.B. Hunt.

Gerardo Nieves, MS in Mathematics, '18

Accreditations

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Present Research

Our graduate students in mathematics present their research at national and international conferences such as:

  • Mathematical Association of America (MAA) TX section
  • GPU Technology Conference (GTC)
  • Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM)

 

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Major Partnerships

Mathematics graduate students solve real problems for major partners, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts/MIT Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, Center for Agribusiness Excellence, Tarleton Analytics Institute, Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and more.

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Student Activities

Participate in Math Club and annual Math Enrichment Day, Service Day and STEM learning activities with local schools, Tarleton Educators for the Advancement of Mathematics (TEAM), Tarleton Calculus Bowl, Differential Equations Challenge Competition and more.

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