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Mathematics Master's Degree

There are four programs at the University of Michigan leading to the Master’s Degree in Mathematics:

  • General Mathematics Master's Program
  • Applied Mathematics Master's Program
  • Mathematics Program for Secondary School Teachers
  • Actuarial Mathematics Master's Program

While entering students have usually completed courses in differential equations, advanced calculus, linear algebra, and introductory modern algebra, (404, 451, 417, 412), admissibility depends on the student’s record and background in view of the type of program being pursued.

In all areas, programs are planned in consultation with a counselor; course elections and requirements are subject to the approval of the counselor. Students who may enter a doctoral program at a future date are encouraged to follow programs that will provide a good foundation and an easy transition to doctoral studies. Elementary courses taken to fill gaps in undergraduate preparation are not counted toward credit hour degree requirements.

All programs require a minimum of 24 graduate credits in approved courses including 2 cognate courses. There is no foreign language requirement in any of the Master’s Degree Programs. The writing of a thesis is not required, although students continuing in a doctoral program may substitute a master’s thesis for a course. While cognate courses may be chosen from other program areas in mathematics, potential doctoral students are encouraged to elect cognates in such a manner as to satisfy the cognate requirements of the doctoral program. Well-prepared students can complete master’s degree requirements in most programs by taking four courses in each of the fall and winter terms. Students with less preparation or lighter course loads can usually complete requirements during an additional term.

If you would like to apply to a Mathematics Master's Degree program, please visit our Admissions page.