Math: Accelerated BS/MS Mathematics

Accelerated BS/MS in Mathematics

About the Degree

This is an accelerated five-year B.S. /M.S. program. After successfully completing this program, a student will receive a bachelor’s degree in either mathematics or applied mathematics as well as a master’s degree in mathematics. Under the supervision of a faculty adviser, a student in the program will finish the core course requirements and most of the electives for the bachelor’s degree in the first three years.

During the third year of the baccalaureate degree, a student will formally apply to the program through the Graduate School. Upon acceptance a student will be cleared to complete the remaining electives of the bachelor’s degree and 30 credits of graduate work for the master’s degree in the last two years. A student will be eligible for a graduate assistantship only in these last two years and must be registered for at least nine graduate credits in each of those semesters.

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.

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.

Our students have successfully landed jobs in a number of different fields. These include financial planning, insurance, software design and software engineering, and teaching at a variety of different levels.

Recent employers include:

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

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