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:
- 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. - 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.
- 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. - 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.
Program taught in:
- English
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