Mathematics: MS, MMath
The master of mathematics degree differs from the MS degree in that it is intended specifically for teachers at the secondary and community college levels who want to broaden their background in mathematics. Applicants come from undergraduate math education, math, or statistics programs. The MMath is also open to students who have earned a Utah Level 4 teaching certification in mathematics or its equivalent.
The MS degree is for students who wish to earn a master’s degree in mathematics and then pursue a doctoral degree in mathematics or statistics.
The Mathematics and Statistics Department’s excellent ratio of graduate students to faculty permits close personal guidance for each student. Students are able to tailor their programs of study to match their interests in specific areas of mathematics and statistics as well as interdisciplinary research.
Students who receive the MS commonly go on to pursue doctoral degrees in mathematics or statistics. Graduates can also work in industrial jobs and teach at the college level.
With the MMath degree, students are prepared for careers in high school and middle school education as well as teaching at two- and four-year colleges.
While applicants are not required to have undergraduate degrees in mathematics or statistics, they must have strong backgrounds in these areas. The graduate committee will evaluate each transcript to determine if the applicant's undergraduate work in mathematics and statistics is sufficient.
- Complete the online application
- Pay the $55 application fee
- Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE (score of 700 out of 800 on the quantitative section)
- Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
- Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
- Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
International students have additional admissions requirements.
The department has the following application deadline:
- Fall semester - February 1
Master's Degree Plan Option(s)
Students can receive the MS or the MMath by pursuing one of three options:
- In the Plan A option, students complete graduate-level coursework and must write a thesis.
- The Plan B option requires the production of a paper or creative work of art and is expected to reflect equivalent scholarship standards as a thesis.
A majority of students receive major financial assistance with their studies via teaching or research assistantships. All students that meet the qualifications may receive tuition awards and subsidized health insurance as well.
Ian Anderson, PhD, University of Arizona
Area: Differential geometry, global analysis
Office: ANSC 302
Phone: (435) 797-2822
David Brown, PhD, University of Colorado - Denver
Area: Discrete mathematics, graph theory
Office: ANSC 202
Phone: (435) 797-3224
James Cangelosi, PhD, Louisiana State University
Area: Constructivism in mathematics education, psychometrics, behavior management
Office: ANSC 324
Phone: (435) 797-1415
Lawrence Cannon, PhD, University of Utah
Area: Topology, algebra
Office: ANSC 305
Phone: (435) 797-2829
Chris Corcoran, ScD, Harvard University
Associate Professor, Associate Department Head
Area: Epidemiology, biostatics, statistical genetics, categorical data, permutation methods
Office: ANSC 109
Phone: (435) 797-4012
Daniel Coster, PhD, University of California - Berkeley
Area: Optimal design, computational statistics
Office: ANSC 219
Phone: (435) 797-2815
Adele Cutler, PhD, University of California - Berkeley
Area: Statistical computing, statistics
Office: ANSC 308
Phone: (435) 797-2761
Richard Cutler, PhD, University of California - Berkeley
Department Head, Professor
Area: Environmental and ecological statistics, experimental design
Office: ANSC 101
Phone: (435) 797-2595
Mark Fels, PhD, McGill University
Area: Differential geometry, differential equations
Office: ANSC 303
Phone: (435) 797-0774
Nathan Geer, PhD, University of Oregon
Area: Low-dimensional topology, lie theory
Office: ANSC 316
Phone: (435) 797-0755
E. Robert Heal, PhD, University of Utah
Area: Analysis, statistics
Office: ANSC 306
Phone: (435) 797-2853
Joseph Koebbe, PhD, University of Wyoming
Area: Applied mathematics, computational fluid dynamics
Office: ANSC 209
Phone: (435) 797-2825
Brynja Kohler, PhD, University of Utah
Area: Mathematics education, mathematical biology
Office: ANSC 223
Phone: (435) 797-2826
Piotr Kokoszka, PhD, Boston University
Area: Statistics, time series analysis
Office: LUND 321
Phone: (435) 797-0746
Nghiem Nguyen, PhD, University of Illinois - Chicago
Area: Partial differential equations, nonlinear analysis
Office: ANSC 201
Phone: (435) 797-2819
James Powell, PhD, University of Arizona
Area: Applied mathematics, mathematical biology, nonlinear evolution equations
Office: ANSC 214
Phone: (435) 797-1953
Kady Schneiter, PhD, Utah State University
Area: Statistics, mathematics education
Office: ANSC 323
Phone: (435) 797-2820
John Stevens, PhD, Purdue University
Area: Bioinformatics, applied statistics, meta-analysis
Office: ANSC 224
Phone: (435) 797-2818
Jurgen Symanzik, PhD, Iowa State University
Area: Dynamic statistical graphics, geographic information systems, virtual reality and statistics, web-based applications in statistics
Office: ANSC 313
Phone: (435) 797-0696
Zhi-Qiang Wang, PhD, Institute of Mathematics - Beijing
Area: Differential equations, variational and topological methods
Office: ANSC 205
Phone: (435) 797-3529
Dariusz Wilczynski, PhD, Indiana University
Area: Geometric and algebraic topology
Office: ANSC 204
Phone: (435) 797-0747
Stanley Williams, PhD, North Texas State University
Area: Measure theory, analysis
Office: ANSC 210
Phone: (435) 797-2833
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
American Mathematical Society: AMS is the largest organization of research mathematicians. The society's programs and services for its members and the global mathematical community include professional programs, publications, meetings and conferences, support for young scholars programs, tools for researchers and authors, and a public awareness office that provides resources to members, students, teachers, the media, and the general public.
Mathematical Association of America: MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Its members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business, and industry. MAA is focused on teaching particularly at the high school and college levels.
National Council on the Teaching of Mathematics: The NCTM is the largest and most prestigious organization focused on teaching mathematics in elementary and secondary schools. It serves as a public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research.
Journal Club: The purpose of the Journal Club is to introduce participants to mathematics and statistics education research by providing an opportunity to read, present, and discuss noteworthy papers in the field. The primary intended audiences are graduate students and faculty members interested in starting research on education topics, and needing familiarity with the education literature.
Labs, Centers, Research
Center for Integrated BioSystems: The CIB leads a progressive, interdisciplinary effort in research, core services, and education serving agriculture and life sciences. The CIB is where the first hybrid animal, a mule, was cloned, and was named one of “30 Awesome College Labs” by Popular Science magazine. The CIB has a research program with several active projects in diverse areas of life science that encompass plant, animal, and microbe functional genomics.