Master of Science in Mathematics
The master of science program in mathematics at Cal Poly has approximately twenty students actively involved in studying and teaching. Full-time students usually complete degree requirements in two years. Upon completion of the program, many of our students enter careers in teaching or industry, although several enroll in Ph.D. programs at other universities. Our graduate classes are small and our graduate students receive individual attention.
Students have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses to help offset the cost of tuition. In addition paid summer research opportunities are available, and students may elect to turn their research experience into a thesis.
The Mathematics Department is pleased to offer a new Specialization in Applied Mathematics within the Masters in Mathematics Program. The specialization will provide students with advanced coursework in applied mathematics, including data science, modeling, and computational mathematics, along with a rigorous foundation in the classical subjects of algebra, discrete mathematics, and analysis. Students will be able to engage with faculty on a wide range of interdisciplinary research, through thesis or summer research as well as conference or workshop participation and attendance. Additional opportunities for targeted summer internships, teaching college-level mathematics, or graduate assistantships will uniquely prepare graduates for careers in industry or Ph.D. programs
"TEACHING MY OWN CLASSES WITH THE MENTORSHIP OF MATHEMATICS FACULTY WAS ABSOLUTELY THE ULTIMATE OPPORTUNITY FOR ME IN A MATH GRADUATE PROGRAM.
I AM FOREVER THANKFUL FOR MY DEVELOPMENT AS A MATH EDUCATOR IN THIS PROGRAM ."
— SABA GERAMI, 2015
- Low student-faculty ratio
- Paid learn-by-doing teaching opportunities in mathematics
- Stipend-supported summer research experiences
- Excellent and committed teachers with diverse research interests
- A beautiful natural setting in which to do mathematics
To apply prospective students must submit transcripts, three letters of reference, a statement of purpose, and GRE (general exam) score. Typical admitted students have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, and have a major in mathematics. Students majoring in other subjects, but with sufficient exposure to upper level mathematics (e.g. abstract algebra and real analysis) are also welcome to apply. Details on the application process can be found by following the link below.
At a Glance
Area of Study: Master of Science in Mathematics
Number of Units: 45 Units Total [36 units of required courses and 9 units of electives]
Program Length: Typically 2 Years
Graduate Student Opportunities: TA, GA, and Paid Summer Research
For more information on CSU graduate programs, visit the CSU Graduate Programs website.
For information on applying to Cal Poly, visit the Admissions Office web page.