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Mathematics Master’s programs

Plan types

Choose from one of three plans.

Plan A Master’s

Complete a defined sequence of courses and a thesis on a topic decided by you and your thesis advisor.

Credit requirements

  • 20 credits of coursework
  • 10 thesis credits

Plan B Master’s

A flexible program that allows you to explore your interests in Mathematics and complete a comprehensive final oral exam instead of a thesis.

Credit requirements

  • 30 credits of coursework

Plan C Master’s

Strongly emphasizes the core courses.

Credit requirements

  • 30 credits of coursework

Emphasis areas (optional)

If you choose to pursue an area of emphasis, you must decide which area upon matriculation.

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Emphasis in Industrial and Applied Mathematics

  • Focused on practical experience. 
  • Rigorous coursework prepares students for the math encountered in industry.
  • Participation in the Industrial Problems Seminar opens up opportunities for internships in industrial laboratories. 
  • The most popular option among students admitted to our standalone Master's program.
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Emphasis in Math Education 

  • Prepares students to become effective mathematics educators.
  • Students complete the coursework to earn their initial or secondary teaching licensure in addition earning a MS in Mathematics.
  • Five semesters long, including one summer session.
  • Funding is provided through teaching assistantships during three semesters and one summer session, and tuition coverage is provided by fellowship during the student teaching semester. 

Related programs

Master's of Financial Mathematics

Position yourself for a well-paying, fascinating career in quantitative finance through this professional master’s program.

The field applies mathematics, statistics, data science/machine learning, and scientific computing to:

  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Risk management

Mathematics minor

Requires 2 courses that total at least 6 credits.

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Supportive community

Our active, close-knit community helps students grow and flourish.

You’ll have abundant opportunities to: 

  • Receive support from mentors, advisors, peers, and alumni.
  • Get involved.
  • Interact with other students.

Student groups

Dynamic urban environment

We’re situated on a sprawling campus, surrounded by vibrant urban neighborhoods. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is known for its:

  • Lively scene for dining, culture, arts, and recreation.
  • Abundant trails, parks, and waterways, including several lakes and the Mississippi River.
  • High quality of life.
  • Thriving economy that features a diverse mix of industries and ample opportunities for graduates.

Tuition and benefits

For all U of M graduate students.

Tuition and fees

Health and dental benefits


Applications are due February 1.

How to apply