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Mathematics

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Texas State offers opportunities to work with outstanding faculty in a collegial atmosphere where mathematicians, statisticians, and mathematics educators collaborate closely. The multi-faceted program offers a strong foundation and research opportunities in mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics, preparing students for further graduate study, teaching, or industry positions.

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Students develop an advanced background in mathematics, with an emphasis on effective teaching at the college or secondary level.

Master of Science (M.S.): Students develop a background in advanced mathematics with optional concentrations in applied mathematics or statistics.


 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you contact the following:
 

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Stewart Welsh
mathgrad@txstate.edu
512.245.3426
Math Computer Science (MCS), Room 483


Advisor Support
Amanda Garza
mathgrad@txstate.edu
512.245.2551
Math Computer Science (MCS), Room 470

Graduate Advisor
(Applied Mathematics)
Dr. Ray Treinen
rt30@txstate.edu
512.245.3418
Math Computer Science (MCS), Room 569

Graduate Advisor
(Statistics Concentration)

Dr. Shuying Sun
s_s355@txstate.edu
512.245.3445
Math Computer Science (MCS), Room 571

“I am truly grateful to have earned my degree from a program which embodies a community of faculty and students that enjoy working close together. Throughout each semester, my professors also developed engaging lessons to present challenging material. Combined, these factors helped me build the necessary foundation for success in my future endeavors.ˮ

—James Mendoza, M.Ed. ’18

“I loved earning my master’s degree in mathematics at Texas State because the small class sizes allowed me to work one-on-one with professors. The program provided the opportunity for research and publication, which was the preparation I needed to begin pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics.ˮ

– Ellen Robinson, M.S. ’17

Course Work

The M.S. in mathematics consists of up to 36 hours of courses with the option of pursuing a minor and/or thesis. The course options and concentrations give students the flexibility to choose courses from a variety of topics including real analysis, topology, abstract algebra, differential equations, complex analysis, discrete mathematics, numerical analysis, mathematical statistics, regression and biostatistics. Graduates develop a well-balanced foundation in mathematics content and the ability to use mathematics in their chosen area. An active research environment supports each student’s interests with a variety of weekly seminars, including colloquia by national leaders in the field.

The M.Ed. in mathematics consists of 27 hours of mathematics courses plus a minor. There is a nine-hour mathematics core; elective courses spanning a variety of topics including statistics, discrete math, knots and surfaces, and a survey of geometries; and a culminating comprehensive exam. Graduates develop a well-balanced foundation in mathematics content and the ability to use mathematics in the classroom. An active research environment supports each student’s interests with a variety of weekly seminars, including colloquia by national leaders in mathematics, applied mathematics, and mathematics education. This program is appropriate for students with the equivalent of an undergraduate mathematics minor.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.Ed. No concentration 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.S. No concentration 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.S. No concentration 30 Thesis Minor required
M.S. No concentration 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. No concentration 30 Thesis No minor
M.S. Applied Mathematics 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. Applied Mathematics 30 Thesis No minor
M.S. Statistics 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. Statistics 30 Thesis No minor
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The M.Ed. in mathematics produces students with the mathematical knowledge and critical thinking abilities needed to pursue doctoral degrees or teaching careers at the collegiate or secondary level.

The M.S. in mathematics prepares students with the applied mathematical knowledge and critical thinking abilities needed to pursue doctoral degrees, teaching careers or leadership positions in industry.

Program Mission

The strengths of the master’s programs lie in the depth and breadth of the mathematics courses and an active research environment.

The mission is to:

  • develop graduates who can contribute to research as future leaders in mathematics or mathematics education, with a vision of enhancing our programs nationally for research and innovation in mathematics education
  • advance research in mathematics and mathematics education, providing intellectual leadership that is of direct benefit to the state of Texas and beyond

The goals are to:

  • develop a strong foundation in mathematics
  • prepare future leaders in mathematics, statistics or mathematics education
  • produce innovative thinkers and problem-solvers who can contribute to the needs of the state in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

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Program Faculty

The Department of Mathematics has over 75 full-time faculty members with diverse areas of interest and training. Faculty research areas include graph theory, combinatorics, algebra, analysis, computational fluids mechanics, high-performance computing, bioinformatics, numerical analysis, differential equations, non-linear functional analysis, number theory, topology, and statistics. There are about 20 members with research interests in mathematics education, one of the largest and most active groups in the country.

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Career Options

In addition to being well prepared for further graduate study, graduates of the master's programs in mathematics are equipped for positions such as:

M.Ed. Program:

  • mathematics instructors in community colleges or universities
  • high school mathematics teachers for advanced or dual credit courses
  • mathematics editors for textbook publishers

M.S. Program:

  • researchers in scientific corporations or nonprofit agencies
  • leaders in industry or state agencies
  • faculty at the community college or university level

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements


Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring - Priority August 15 August 15
Spring - Standard October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
The deadlines to apply for certain types of funding may be earlier than the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

Application

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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    OR
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree in mathematics or a related field from a regionally accredited university. Read additional information about background course work.
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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GRE Scores

  • GRE not required

Documents

M.S. and M.Ed. Applicants:

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose
  • three letters of recommendation addressing the substance and quality of your preparation for graduate study

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TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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Additional Information

  Background Course Work
You will be required to take leveling courses if you lack sufficient background course work. Any required leveling course work must be completed with grades of B or better prior to admission.