MSc in Mathematics

Northeastern Illinois University

Program Description

MSc in Mathematics

Northeastern Illinois University

The M.S. in Mathematics is designed to provide the mathematical background needed to pursue careers in applied mathematics, statistics, industry, and teaching.

Students in the program have the option to concentrate in:

  • Applied Mathematics: is designed for those with a strong undergraduate background in mathematics who wish to better prepare themselves for careers that include statistics, applied mathematics, or who intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree at another institute.
  • Secondary Education: Prepares students to successfully teach mathematics at High School level. It is designed for teachers who wish to improve their level of competence in mathematics or wish to serve as High School Mathematics Specialists or wish to teach mathematics at the High School level.

Applicants for the program must choose their concentration area when they submit their application for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.


Credit hours required: 30 (and passing the M.S. Qualifying Examination)


Program Benefits

Secondary education concentration

This concentration will benefit individuals who (1) are currently teaching mathematics in high school levels, or (2) plan to teach mathematics in high schools levels, or (3) wish to switch careers and would like to obtain the M.S. in Mathematics and also earn credits toward fulfilling the requirements for a High School Teaching Licensure.

Applied mathematics concentration

Students get opportunities to explore more advanced topics in mathematics, with a focus in statistics, applied mathematics, or operations research. Typically students have the ability to select from a wide range of course thought are taught in the evenings. At the end of the program, students engage with a faculty member on a research project in mathematics and then present the work as a report and give an oral presentation to the Northeastern Illinois University community. A variety of students in the program are current high school mathematics teachers looking to gain advancement in their knowledge of mathematics and to be eligible to teach higher level math courses in their high school.


Career Options

Secondary education concentration

Graduates with the M.S. in Mathematics (Secondary Education concentration) would find employment as mathematics teachers in public and private secondary or high schools or may pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics education at other institutions.

Applied mathematics concentration

Graduates with the M.S. in Mathematics (Applied Mathematics concentration) generally go on to a variety of fields. These fields may include teaching mathematics at the community colleges, becoming an actuary, going on to attain a Ph.D. in Mathematics or related fields, engineering careers, federal government careers, and careers in the financial sector.


Degree Requirements

M.S. Mathematics: Secondary Education Concentration

The program consists of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to be chosen in consultation with the advisor. At least seven of the courses must be at the 400 level. With the approval of the Department of Mathematics, the program accepts transfer credits in accordance with the university-wide graduate policy. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) recommend that teachers of secondary school mathematics be knowledgeable in the contents of Probability and Statistics, Geometry, History of Mathematics and Foundations of Algebra.

Core Courses
Five courses from the following list 15
MATH-430 Discrete Mathematical Structures
MATH-421 Modern Geometry
MATH-444 Problem Solving, Modeling, And Project In Mathematics With Technology
SCED-403M New Directions In Teaching Mathematics In Secondary Schools
MATH-474 Mathematical Modeling
MATH-495 Project In Mathematics
Electives - choose one of two options 15
Option 1 - (five courses from the following list)
MATH-472 Simulation Modeling And Analysis
MATH-466 Galois Theory: Historical And Modern
MATH-305 Probability And Statistics
MATH-312 Foundations Of Geometry
MATH-331 Abstract Algebra I
MATH-321 History Of Mathematics
MATH-322 Number Theory
MATH-328 Complex Variables
MATH-332 Abstract Algebra II
MATH-337 Theory Of Equations
MATH-338 Introduction To Real Analysis
MATH-343 Linear Algebra II
SCED-409 Teaching Mathematical Problem Solving In The Secondary Schools
SCED-410 Computers In The Teaching Of Secondary School Mathematics
SCED-408 The Nature Of Mathematical Abilities In School Children
Option 2 - Up to 6 credit hours of courses from the following list and up to 9 credit hours of 400 level courses taken for teacher licensure
MATH-472 Simulation Modeling And Analysis
MATH-466 Galois Theory: Historical And Modern
MATH-305 Probability And Statistics
MATH-312 Foundations Of Geometry
MATH-331 Abstract Algebra I
MATH-321 History Of Mathematics
MATH-322 Number Theory
MATH-328 Complex Variables
MATH-332 Abstract Algebra II
MATH-332 Abstract Algebra II
MATH-337 Theory Of Equations
MATH-338 Introduction To Real Analysis
MATH-343 Linear Algebra II
MATH-444 Problem Solving, Modeling, And Project In Mathematics With Technology
SCED-409 Teaching Mathematical Problem Solving In The Secondary Schools
SCED-410 Computers In The Teaching Of Secondary School Mathematics
SCED-408 The Nature Of Mathematical Abilities In School Children
Total Hours 30


Culminating/Capstone Experience Assessment

Students fulfill their culminating experience requirement for the program through demonstration of their abilities in solving problems (i.e., passing the Qualifying examination) and completing a project.


Students must complete:

  1. Qualifying Examination for the M.S in Mathematics
    Pass a written comprehensive examination that covers topics in the areas of Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Elementary Analysis, and Mathematics Structures.

  2. Project for the M.S in Mathematics (Secondary Education Concentration)
    Complete a written project under the supervision of a faculty member while enrolled in Mathematics 495 [Project in Mathematics], or complete a 400 level Mathematics course with a project component, approved by the advisor. The students who enroll in Mathematics 495 must present an oral report to a committee consisting of at least three faculty members.


M.S. Mathematics: Applied Mathematics Concentration

The program consists of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to be chosen in consultation with the advisor. At least seven of the courses must be at the 400 level. With the approval of the Department of Mathematics, the program accepts transfer credits in accordance with the university-wide graduate policy.

Core Courses (choose one of two options):
Project Option 6
MATH-430 Discrete Mathematical Structures
MATH-495 Project In Mathematics
Thesis Option 9
MATH-430 Discrete Mathematical Structures
MATH 590 - Thesis
Electives - (21 credits if doing a thesis) 24
MATH-406 Linear Programming: Theory And Practice
MATH-421 Modern Geometry
MATH-441 Multivariate Statistical Analysis
MATH-442 Applied Regression Analysis
MATH-443 Experimental Design
MATH-466 Galois Theory: Historical And Modern
MATH-471 Introduction To Stochastic Models
MATH-472 Simulation Modeling And Analysis
MATH-473D Advanced Topics In Operations Research: Decision Theory
MATH-474 Mathematical Modeling
MATH-475 Advanced Topics In Operations Research: Mathematical Programming
MATH-302 Ordinary Differential Equations II
MATH-303 Partial Differential Equations
MATH-309 Numerical Analysis II
MATH-328 Complex Variables
MATH-334 Mathematical Statistics I
MATH-336 Statistical Inference
MATH-338 Introduction To Real Analysis
MATH-343 Linear Algebra II
MATH-365 Statistical Computer And Data Analysis Packages
Total Hours 30


Culminating/Capstone Experience Assessment

Students fulfill their culminating experience requirement for the program through demonstration of their abilities in solving problems (i.e., passing the Qualifying examination) and completing a project or thesis.

  1. Qualifying Examination for the M.S in Mathematics
    All students must pass a written comprehensive examination that covers topics in the areas of Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Elementary Analysis, and Mathematics Structures. If a student has passed the first three actuary exams for the SOA or CAS, then they must show proof to the advisor and will be exempted from the Qualifying Examination.

  2. Project/Thesis for the M.S in Mathematics (Applied Mathematics Concentration)
    Complete a written project or thesis under the supervision of a faculty member while enrolled in Mathematics 495 [Project in Mathematics] or MATH 590 [Thesis]. The student must present an oral report to a committee consisting of at least three faculty members.
    In order to register for the project course MATH 495 or the thesis course MATH 590, students must submit a signed topic approval form with an abstract of the proposed research project. Students may register for 1-4 credits per term with 6 credits required for the thesis and 3 credits required for the project. All MATH 590 credits must be earned within the equivalent of 2 academic years.
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Last updated October 18, 2018
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In-state/neighboring state: $404.11/credit hour. Out-of-state: $808.22/credit hour. Fees: $71
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