The Mathematics MS primarily prepares students for doctoral programs in pure and applied mathematics and statistics, and secondarily for careers in college teaching and industrial jobs. MS Math students conduct research in areas including differential geometry, computer-aided algebra and mathematical physics, mathematical ecology, dynamical systems and graph theory. With faculty mentoring, MS Math students write and defend either a thesis (plan A) or project report (plan B).
MS Math graduates usually continue on to PhD programs but are also employed as research-track faculty or lecturers at universities and colleges as well as governmental labs, industrial research centers, and private industry.
Mathematics MS applicants are expected to have strong background in mathematics, including three semesters of calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, advanced calculus, and nontrivial experience in broader mathematical subjects (e.g. a selection of: modern algebra, topology, probability, discrete math or advanced DE).
Application to the Math MS programs is through the USU School of Graduate Studies website,
Students must provide:
- GRE general scores (subject exams not required). We look for Quantitative scores above 60% and Verbal scores above 40%, but the application process is competitive so higher scores may be neccessary be competitive with other applicants.
- TOEFL or IELTS (unless you have earned a degree in an English-speaking country, e.g. US, UK or Canada). To qualify for a teaching assistantship in our department the total TOEFL iBT score must be 100 or above. IELTS must be at or above 6.5 for TA consideration.
- Transcripts of all past coursework. Your GPA *must* be above 3.0 during the last two years, and *should* be above 3.5 in technical subjects.
- Contact information for three references who can speak to your academic preparation, professional goals and work ethic.
- Personal statements on our Departmental Application Form (request from the Graduate Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org).
International students have additional admissions requirements.
Most students are admitted in Fall semester. The target date for Fall semester applications is January 15; admission notice and offers of support are generally mailed in March. Students are asked to accept/decline offers of support on or about April 15.
All students in the MS program must pass a written qualifying examination. Students may take these exams before beginning formal coursework in the program but must take them at or before the end of the first full year of matriculation.
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.
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.