Master of Science in Mathematics

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Program Information

This program is intended to facilitate completion of both a B.S. and M.S. degree in mathematics within at most 5 years of study. To achieve this goal students admitted to this program are permitted to take a substantial number of graduate courses in mathematics as undergraduates, are able to transfer a significant number of those credits towards the M.S. degree, and are required to complete only 36 instead of 48 credits for the graduate degree (non-thesis option).

The faculty coordinator will advise potential and participating students and serve as liaison between this program, the Department of Mathematics, and the Graduate School. Students seeking admission to the program should contact the faculty coordinator.


The program prepares students for:

  • Continuing further graduate studies, or
  • Professional employment in industry, or
  • College teaching.

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must complete the Graduate School's ApplyWeb application and pay the $100 application fee.
  • Within the application you will be prompted to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution attended. If admitted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • Additional application materials are specified below. Applications will not be forwarded to the department for review until all required materials have been received by the Graduate School.
  • International Applicants: Please review the requirements for information regarding Degree Equivalency, English Language Proficiency and student VISA requirements.

The Accelerated Mathematics Program is only available to qualifying Western students who wish to work toward a graduate degree during their undergraduate career. Visit the Math Office (Bond Hall 202) and the Accelerated BS/MS Program website for more information.

Additional Application Requirements

  • At least 90 completed credits towards a B.S. degree in mathematics, applied mathematics or mathematics/computer science
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for math and math-computer science courses
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Passing grade in comprehensive math examination by the start of junior year
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference
  • Statement of Purpose (optional)