MS in Mathematics

Master of Science in Mathematics

Unlock an Analytical Career

You have a knack for numbers and finding order in complexity. Follow your passion and build your analytical skills with a Master of Science in mathematics from The University of Texas at Tyler.

Gain depth and breadth as you push your abilities to the limit in rigorous coursework. Explore new territory while being mentored by experienced, published faculty. Prepare for a teaching vocation while gaining valuable experience as a teaching assistant. Pursue an independent research project and write a thesis to prepare for a PhD, or deepen your expertise with additional electives.

When you graduate, join the nearly 100% of program graduates who find a job or are accepted into doctoral programs within three months of graduation.

Why Earn a Master’s in Mathematics at UT Tyler?

Precise thinking, facility in problem-solving and the ability to undertake complex computation and modeling are in demand in East Texas — and rare. These skills lay at the heart of both business success and overcoming some of our society’s most challenging problems.

Whether you are excited by the prospect of imparting these skills to others as a math educator or want to put your abilities to work in positions in government or industry, UT Tyler gets you ready to excel through:

  • World-Class Faculty: Be inspired by experienced teachers and scholars who are active in research and publishing and dedicated to your professional growth.
  • Independent Research: Explore your limits in your chosen area of interest. Some recent graduate student research topics include: Aperiodic Protosets and the Tiling Problem; Some Properties of the Jones Polynomial; A Survey of Line Graphs and Hamiltonian Paths; and Item Response Models for Dichotomous and Polytomous Data in the Context of Generalized Linear Models With Applications.
  • Teaching Experience: Discern your career direction with vital classroom experience as a graduate teaching assistant. Our first-year master’s students serve as Math Learning Center tutors and/or graders, and after their first year, they become instructors of record for one introductory undergraduate course each semester.
  • Community: Pursue your studies alongside others who share your passion. Join the Math Club and the UT Tyler chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon to establish professional relationships that enhance your studies and build your professional network.
  • Proven Placement Record: Have confidence about what’s next. Almost 100% of our graduates find employment in the field or are admitted into a PhD program within three months.


The master’s in mathematics is a 36-credit-hour course of study you can complete in two years. The rigorous program has the depth and breadth for those who want to teach, pursue a doctoral degree or step into the expanding employment opportunities open to those with advanced mathematical skills.

Build on your undergraduate work in mathematics and expand your knowledge with a core set of courses in algebra, real analysis, probability and applied mathematics. Then, choose to go deeper with additional classes in at least two of these core topics, plus mathematical statistics.

From there, select the thesis track to conduct an original research project and build your CV in preparation for a PhD Or, expand your expertise with additional coursework that lets you customize your degree to fit your career path.

When you graduate, be prepared for what’s next with:

  • Specialized knowledge of mathematical theories, methods, tools and practices.
  • An advanced understanding of mathematical and technical language and how to use it.
  • The ability to analyze and interpret large quantities of data.
  • The skill to interpret mathematical results in real-world terms.
  • Competence to communicate mathematical ideas to others clearly and succinctly.
  • The ability to work on open-ended mathematical problems.
  • A deep understanding of statistics.

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What Can You Do With a Master’s in Mathematics?

The expert analytical and problem-solving skills gained through the program open doors to many opportunities. Share your passion for the subject and make an impact on young people as a math teacher. Or, help protect our country with a job in the Department of Defense, which hires 81% of the mathematicians employed by the U.S. government. Find a place in the business world in areas like computer programming and actuarial science, where your aptitude for complex computation and modeling is prized.

Graduates of the program find success in roles like:

Your degree also prepares you for success in further graduate studies. With a PhD, you may choose to pursue a career as a college or university professor. Or, enter industry or a government agency in an advanced research and analytical role, like a data analyst or quantitative researcher.

How to Apply

To be considered for admission to the MS in math program, you need the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in mathematics at UT Tyler. Applicants must make up any deficiencies before the university grants full admission.

Other requirements include:

  • A completed online application.
  • Official transcripts for all prior college- or graduate-level work, submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • A satisfactory score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations. (GRE Code for UT Tyler: 6850).
  • A satisfactory grade point average on all prior advanced-level (junior, senior and graduate) work taken.
  • Proficiency in the use of the English language. If your verbal score on the General Test of the GRE is below an acceptable minimum, you must pass an English proficiency test.

UT Tyler may admit students who do not have satisfactory GRE scores under the condition that they obtain a grade of "B" or higher in a prescribed set of graduate courses approved by the department.

Additional considerations for admission may include: your demonstrated commitment to your chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, whether you are a first-generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence and level of responsibility in other matters, including extracurricular activities, employment, community service and family responsibilities.

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The estimated tuition for full-time, in-state, on-campus enrollment is $15,660. Tuition varies by delivery method and hours taken per semester. Calculate your estimated tuition with the tuition calculator.

February 15

Application deadline for students wishing to begin the program in the following fall.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens for the upcoming academic year.

November 1

Application deadline for students wishing to begin the program in the following spring.

Next Steps

Your future starts here. Follow a proven path to career success in mathematics at UT Tyler.