Master's Program


As reported by the American Mathematical Society, Mathematician was the #1 rated career in CareerCast’s Job Rated 2014 report. Individuals who have demonstrated a high level of mathematical acumen by obtaining a Master's in mathematics are highly prized in both the academic and private sector job markets.

Our Master's program in mathematics aims toward generating career options for our students in industry, government, or teaching at the community college level. 

Upon being accepted into the program, each new graduate student will be advised by the UB Math Director of Graduate Studies. The Director's approval is required for the student's choice of courses each semester. On average, it takes one and one-half to two years to complete a MA degree. While an applicant must have a bachelor's degree with a strong mathematics background, it is not necessary that the Bachelor degree be in Mathematics.

Our Mathematics MA program includes student internships with our corporate partners.

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Students benefit from close contact with their professors. We offer an active program of seminars and colloquia where students can become acquainted with a broad range of research areas.

The research interests of the faculty cover a wide range of areas in pure and applied mathematics. There are especially strong groups in algebra, analysis, geometry/topology, and applied mathematics.

The industries in which a mathematician can find employment are growing thanks to new advancements in statistical analysis. Hiring outlook for the profession is 21%. And while the yearly growth of wages has been modest compared to some of the other careers in this report, a 51.5% wage growth from the median annual salary to the 90th percentile is among the very highest of all careers tracked in the Jobs Rated report.

Requirements for the M.A. Degree in Mathematics

Students entering the program from Fall 2016 onward must complete the following requirements:

A. Maintain continuous registration.

B. Successfully completing the first year's 6 core courses and passing at least 3 out of 6 evaluation exams attached to these courses. For students interested in pursuing research in pure mathematics the 6 core courses are in algebra, analysis and geometry/topology. For students interested in pursuing research in applied mathematics the 6 core courses are in analysis, numerical analysis and methods in applied mathematics.

C. Complete 30 hours of coursework in Mathematics and related disciplines, at least 24 hours of which must be from the Mathematics Department, with a minimum of a B average. All Mathematics courses numbered 500 and above may be taken for Master's credit, subject to the approval of the Graduate Director. All courses outside the Math Department must have approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.

D. Fulfill a minimum residency requirement of 24 credit hours. Residency requirements for master's degrees can be satisfied through full-time or part-time registration.

E. File an Application to Candidacy with the Graduate School. The Application to Candidacy must be approved by the divisional or area committee and academic dean by the appropriate dates.

First Year's Coursework and Evaluation exams

The course schedule below is for students in the Masters program is 9-credits per semester. An additional 3-credit course is required so as to be a full time student. Students should consult with the Graduate Director on which additional course are appropriate. See sample course syllabi, here. 

Learning mathematics is a shared enterprise. Thus, all members of an entering doctoral class advance through the first year coursework as a cohort.

Fall semester:

  1. Applied Track.
    1. Analysis--measure theory (MTH 534).
    2. Methods of applied mathematics I (MTH 539).
    3. Numerical analysis I (MTH 537).
  2.  Pure  Track
    1. Analysis--measure theory (MTH 534).
    2. Algebra--groups and rings (MTH 519).
    3. Geometry/Topology--point set topology (MTH 527).

Spring semester offering:

  1. Applied Track.
    1. Analysis--complex analysis (MTH 625).
    2. Methods of applied mathematics II (MTH 540).
    3. Numerical analysis II (MTH 538).
  2. Pure Track.
    1. Analysis--complex analysis (MTH 625).
    2. Algebra--module and galois theory (MTH 520).
    3. Geometry/Topology--homotopy theory (MTH 528).

Evaluation Exams: Attached to each first year course is an evaluation exam.  This exam will be given during the regular schedule for final exam time.  All first year evaluation exams are pass/fail.  To continue in the MA program a student needs to achieve at least a 3-out-of-6 exam passes. To be in good standing in any graduate program a student needs a GPA of B or above

Deficiency: Students who are marginally below the mark (e.g., pass 2 out of 4) and/or marginally below the require B-GPA level, so that they can still advance with their cohort, an opportunity to retake the relevant exams will be offered in August before the Fall Semester.  If a student passes these “make up’’, then the student will be allowed to advance through program along with their entering cohort.  If a student performance on this exam is still below the mark, then the student will retake the appropriate exam during the subsequent semester’s finals week.  If the student’s performance is still insufficient, then the student will be dismissed from the program.  Students whose performance at the end of their first year is judged to be significantly insufficient by the Graduate Director will be dismissed from the program before the beginning of their second year.

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