Program Description

The MA in Mathematics is a two-year program that emphasizes more computational aspects of mathematics for students who are interested in jobs in business, industry, and government. The program also retains the flexibility to prepare students for teaching mathematics at the undergraduate level or to undertake doctoral work in mathematics. The program has a unique component of courses on teaching pedagogy to prepare students for teaching mathematics in two-year colleges.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

The department offers graduate teaching assistantships to master's students. Teaching assistantships are determined by the graduate committee based on students' academic credentials and teaching performance.

There are countless opportunities for research alongside faculty in the mathematics department, and in the cutting-edge computer lab designed for research needs. Faculty in the mathematics department are currently researching gender and cultural aspects of student learning, ethno-mathematics, Bayesian techniques, differential geometry, and more.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MA in Mathematics program requires:

  • A four-year undergraduate or equivalent degree from an accredited university;
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7;
  • A minimum of 20 semester hours of mathematics with an average GPA of 2.7 or higher, and which includes:
    • Calculus II or equivalent
    • Linear or Abstract Algebra
  • GRE scores;
  • For international students, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT, 79 IBT, 6.5 IELTS, 53 PTE, 5 IB or 77 MELAB

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Graduation Requirements

The MA in Mathematics program requires a total of 30 credit hours of academic work, which includes 1.) 24 hours of coursework and 2.) six hours of either Plan A or Plan B research.

If a student chooses the Plan A, they will be required to do six credit hours of a thesis project and pass an oral exam over the thesis. If a student chooses the Plan B, they will be required to write two Plan B papers, take one credit of Graduate Student Seminar, and one additional course of 3 credit hours.

For More Information

Tracee Wilson, Department Secretary
Pearce Hall 214
Department of Mathematics
Central Michigan University
(989) 774-3596

Lisa DeMeyer, Graduate Coordinator
Pearce Hall 210
Department of Mathematics
Central Michigan University
(989) 774-5595