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Mathematics: MS


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.

Admission Requirements

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,

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Admission Deadlines

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.

Program Requirements

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.

Financial Assistance

A variety of funding opportunities are available on the graduate school website.

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
Associate Professor, Associate Department Head
Area: Discrete mathematics, graph theory
Office: ANSC 109
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

Michael Cortez, PhD, Cornell University
Assistant Professor
Area: Community-level ecological and evolutionary dynamics
Office: ANSC 216
Phone: (435) 797-7695

Mark Fels, PhD, McGill University
Area: Differential geometry, differential equations
Office: ANSC 303
Phone: (435) 797-0774

Nathan Geer, PhD, University of Oregon
Associate Professor
Area: Low-dimensional topology, lie theory
Office: ANSC 316
Phone: (435) 797-0755

Joseph Koebbe, PhD, University of Wyoming
Associate Professor
Area: Applied mathematics, computational fluid dynamics
Office: ANSC 209
Phone: (435) 797-2825

Brynja Kohler, PhD, University of Utah
Associate Professor
Area: Mathematics education, mathematical biology
Office: ANSC 223
Phone: (435) 797-2826

Andreas Malmendier, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor
Area: Algebraic geometry, string theory, gauge theory
Office: ANSC 307
Phone: (435) 797-5518

Brendan McLellan, PhD, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Area: Contact Geometry, Heisenberg Calculus, Hypoelliptic Operators, Quantum Topology
Office: ANSC 216
Phone: (435) 797-4130

Zhaohu Nie, PhD, Stony Brook Univversity
Assistant Professor
Area: Differential geometry, Lie algebra, integrable systems
Office: ANSC 316
Phone: (435) 797-2812

Nghiem Nguyen, PhD, University of Illinois - Chicago
Associate Professor
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
Associate Professor
Area: Statistics, mathematics education
Office: ANSC 323
Phone: (435) 797-2820

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
Associate Professor
Area: Geometric and algebraic topology
Office: ANSC 204
Phone: (435) 797-0747

Jia Zhao, PhD, University of South Carolina
Assistant Professor
Area: Numerical analysis, mathematical biology, scientific computing
Office: ANSC
Phone: (435) 797-0747

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.



Academic Advising

John Stevens
Professor, Assistant Department Head for Graduate Studies
Office: ANSC 224
Phone: (435) 797-2818

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