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  Nov 20, 2017
Graduate Catalog 2014 - 2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, MA

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Master of Arts and Master of Science in Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

Rhodes Tower 1515
(216) 687-4680

John Holcomb, Chair
John Oprea, Graduate Program Director

Areas of Study

Master of Arts
Master of Science


The Master of Arts program in Mathematics is designed for those teaching in secondary schools or who have completed their baccalaureate degree and are preparing for such teaching. Its goal is to provide secondary teachers with a broad background in modern mathematics in order to enhance their teaching effectiveness.

The Master of Science option is primarily a program in applied mathematics. It provides an alternative to the traditional MS degree in mathematics. The program is designed to serve those interested in the application of mathematics in industry, business, and government. The program stresses the development, analysis, and evaluation of mathematical models of real-world problems and those areas of pure and applied mathematics that are germane to this process.

Faculty Research

Mathematics faculty members are active in many areas of research in pure and applied mathematics, including algebra, algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, applied mathematics (especially numerical analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations, and fluid dynamics), computer science, functional analysis, general topology, harmonic analysis, mathematics education, operator theory, probability theory, and statistics. Some department members are the authors of widely used mathematics textbooks, both graduate and undergraduate.

Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantships and tuition grants are available to qualified students. Assistantships include a stipend and tuition support. Contact the Department of Mathematics for further information. (See the section on Financial Aid and Expenses: Graduate Assistantships in this Catalog.)

Career Information

The demand for people trained in mathematics will continue to grow because of the central role of mathematics in the physical sciences, in engineering, and in business. Qualified secondary school teachers of mathematics are in demand, as are applied mathematicians to work in industry and government. There are opportunities in statistics, actuarial work, operations research, and computer science fields that all require a solid background in mathematics.

Master of Arts Program

Admission Information

In addition to meeting College of Graduate Studies requirements for admission, applicants should have completed the current mathematics requirements for an Ohio secondary teaching certificate. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be admitted with the approval of the Graduate Program Committee.

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Degree Requirements

The degree requirements, in addition to College of Graduate Studies requirements for the master’s degree, consist of the completion of 36 credit hours distributed as follows:


(20 credits) Five of the following:

Exit Requirement

(4 credits)


During the course of their studies, students are expected to complete a written project under the supervision of a faculty member.

Scheduling of Courses

Students may enter the program in any term and may complete the program in two years. Courses are offered in the summer and in the usual academic year. Some courses may only be offered at certain times of year. Typically, the courses MTH 518 , MTH 532 , MTH 547 , and MTH 580  will be offered in the summer and the other courses during the usual academic year.

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