Degrees Available at SIUE
• Master of Science in Mathematics, Computational and Applied Mathematics Specialization
• Master of Science in Mathematics, Postsecondary Mathematics Education Specialization
• Master of Science in Mathematics, Pure Mathematics Specialization
• Master of Science in Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research Specialization
Mathematics at SIUE
The MS program in Mathematics offers specializations in the following areas: (1) Pure Mathematics, (2) Statistics and Operations Research, (3) Computational and Applied Mathematics, and (4) Postsecondary Mathematics Education. Students must select one of these specializations for their program of study. Entering students are assigned advisors by the director of the graduate program. The adviser helps design a program of study suited to the individual’s background and needs.
The computational and applied mathematics specialization may be of interest to students with undergraduate majors in mathematics, computer science, engineering, or physics, who need to use computers to solve industrial and scientific problems. Graduates choosing this specialization receive training in the formulation of mathematical solutions to industrial or scientific problems and the development and implementation of algorithms for the solution of such problems.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, in conjunction with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education, also provides course work supporting the Master of Science in Education degree in secondary education with a teaching field in mathematics. Teachers interested in advanced course work in mathematics, but not necessarily in a degree program, should contact either the Department of Mathematics and Statistics or the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Career Outlook (Computational and Applied Mathematics)
Many graduates with computational and applied math specialization are employed in science and engineering fields. The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has identified several emerging career paths for applied mathematicians, including bioinformatics, material science, computer animation, digital imaging, finance, climatology, and ecology/environmental organizations. The skills required in applied math, such as problem-solving skills, can also be applied to a wide variety of career choic
Career Outlook (Postsecondary Mathematics Education)
The outlook for students in postsecondary mathematics education specialization is strong. Since math is a part of schools’ core curriculum there is a high demand for math teachers. Also, a graduate degree opens opportunities to conduct research in postsecondary mathematics education.
Career Outlook (Pure Mathematics)
Mathematics plays a vital role in the effort to understand the world and the environment for a vast array of fields. The natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, sociology, psychology and other social sciences reply on mathematics to understand, model, control and predict phenomena. Consequently, mathematics majors have career opportunities open to them.
Career Outlook (Statistics and Operations Research)
The respected Jobs Rated Almanac, which analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, ranks statistician among the top three jobs in America. Since the collection and analysis of data applies to virtually every field, those with a degree in statistics can apply their skills in a wide range of professions, including those in business, government, defense, science and many more. One-third of statisticians work for federal, state or local governments, and many independent businesses employ statisticians to analyze current market trends.
Operations research analysts are involved in strategizing and planning. They find optimal solution for goals on a project, measure performance, coordinate transportation and distribution. They work for various industry, government, military, engineering field, etc.
To be considered for admission to a graduate program in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, applicants should have an undergraduate background that includes MATH 150, 152, 223, 250, and 321, or their equivalents. Applicants must also have a grade point average of at least 2.7 (A=4.0) in mathematics and statistics courses. It is recommended that students in the computational and applied mathematics or statistics and operations research specializations have a working knowledge of algorithmic programming language. It is also recommended that students in the theoretical mathematics or computational and applied mathematics specializations have a course in real analysis equivalent to MATH 350 at SIUE.
A brief statement of educational and career goals and interests, together with any supporting documents and a description of any special qualifications or relevant professional experience, should be submitted directly to the graduate program director in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. In some cases, applicants who meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School, but do not have the required background in mathematics as indicated above, may register as unclassified graduate students until deficiencies have been satisfied to permit admission to degree-seeking status.
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