Degree:Master of Science (M.S.)
Major:Mathematical Sciences
Certificate:Data Science
Department:Building 4, Room 323
(850) 474-2276
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:27.0101
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 30-31

The M.S. in Mathematical Sciences offers students who hold a bachelor’s in mathematics, statistics, or related fields an opportunity to broaden their knowledge in several fields of mathematics, statistics, and their applications. The M.S. program is designed for students seeking careers in science, business, industry, or government; for students who want to teach in high schools or at the community college level; or for students who plan to pursue doctoral studies. The M.S. program offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics permits students considerable flexibility in choosing courses. For example, students who are seeking careers in financial/investment industries, banks, insurance companies, or government may choose more statistics courses that emphasize the use, adoption, and development of statistical methods and state-of-the-art computer technology in the analysis of data from problems in all fields of study.

Attendance Requirement for Online Students

For distance students to succeed in our hybrid distance learning program, it is very important that distance students attend live each lecture via Blackboard Collaborate. The strength of the online graduate program and students' success depend on the live interaction between students and lecturers.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the applicant must meet the following minimum departmental admission requirements for regular admission:

If an applicant has a B.S. in mathematics or a related field:

  • Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal score of at least 150 and Quantitative score of at least 150 or equivalent GRE percentile performance under the previous testing platform*.

* The graduate admission test may be waived for the following: 

  • Must have a B.S. or B.A. degree in mathematical sciences with at least a 3.0 GPA.

If an applicant does not meet the above requirements, they may be considered for conditional admission. Please contact the department for more information.

If a student has a graduate degree in any of the sciences, no GRE is required.

  • The student will be admitted if the student has all required undergraduate proficiency courses.
  • The student will be admitted provisionally subject to completing the required undergraduate proficiency courses.

With the approval from the department, a maximum of six credit hours may be transferred into the program.

In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the M.S. in Mathematical Sciences must meet the requirements listed below.

Foundational Proficiencies

MAP 2302Differential Equations3
MAS 3105Linear Algebra3
STA 3162CApplied Statistics4
Choose one of the following:3
Advanced Topics in Multi-Variable Calculus
Numerical Analysis
Total Hours13

Degree Requirements

The M.S. is offered with or without a thesis. In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the Master’s degree are required to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in all University work undertaken in connection with the degree.

Each student must complete a minimum of 30 sh of approved course work. For the degree with thesis, 6 sh of 6000-level credit will be awarded for the thesis. For the degree without thesis, a proseminar (1 sh) or two-semester research courses (6 sh) are required, in which the candidate will investigate topics in mathematics or statistics. The proseminar will require the candidate to make an oral presentation of the research.

All candidates will take and pass comprehensive examinations covering the graduate core requirements.