Mathematics, M.S.

Master of Science in Mathematics

About the Degree

This program is designed to give students a solid foundation in graduate level mathematics, to provide hands-on experience in problem-solving and the uses of technology, and to allow returning mathematics teachers to upgrade their qualifications. The program addresses the state and regional needs for students with advanced training in quantitative and analytical analysis, and prepares students for employment in government agencies, industry, financial sectors, K-12 education, college teaching, and advanced studies in doctoral programs.

In this program students study Calculus, Mathematical Analysis, and Algebra.

Salary and Career Outlook

The career outlook for Mathematicians is excellent. Students with advanced mathematical training are hired in a diverse number of fields including teaching, actuarial science, computer science, operations research, biomathematics, cryptography, and finance. Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Businesses will need mathematicians to analyze the increasing volume of digital and electronic data.

Salaries vary depending on the specific field. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2012 median salary for mathematicians was $101,360 per year.

Recent employers include:

  • Equity Engineering, Analysts
  • Cisco Systems, Software Developer
  • Ashland University, Visiting Professor

Why Akron?

Mathematics is the most rigorous and demanding of all intellectual pursuits. Studying Mathematics develops such skills as arguing logically and rigorously, thinking abstractly, formulating and solving problems, analyzing data, and creating and analyzing mathematical models. Employers value these skills; consequently, math majors find themselves in demand by employers for careers in a wide spectrum of fields.

Our programs are flexible, so that double-majoring is possible. Also, our programs encourage interdisciplinary activities.

Contact Information

 Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. J. Patrick Wilber

College of Arts and Sciences, Room 272

(330) 972-6994

Graduate School:

Heather Blake

Polsky Building, Room 467          

(330) 972-7664