Master's Degree in Mathematics


Am I qualified to get into an online math master’s program?






2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations



The Graduate Record Examination is required for admission into most master's level degree programs in mathematics. The average scores for students studying the mathematical sciences are reported here.

  • Average Score:
    • 154 Verbal
    • 162 Quantitative
    • 3.7 Writing
  • Some graduate level mathematics programs also require applicants to submit scores for the GRE Subject Test in Math.

Additional Requirements


What undergraduate degrees do math master’s students typically hold?

  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in math?

  • Complete additional math courses at the upper division level, especially if your undergraduate degree is not in a mathematical field.
  • Strengthen math skills through participation in workshops, seminars, open education courses, tutoring and other training opportunities.
  • Participate in research projects and internships with related organizations and companies.
  • Join a professional association, such as the Mathematical Association of America, and attend a meeting or conference.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online math master’s students?

  • Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, graduate students pursuing degrees in math and other technical fields are eligible to apply for this opportunity, which includes full-tuition, stipend and additional resources.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Graduate students pursuing research-based degrees in STEM fields are eligible apply to this program, which includes a three-year stipend and tuition allowance.
  • Gertrude M. Cox Scholarships: The American Statistical Association Committee on Women in Statistics sponsors this program for women studying statistics at the graduate level, providing $2,000 awards.
  • GEM Consortium Fellowships: This consortium of institutions, corporations and laboratories provides fellowship and internship opportunities to underrepresented students pursuing graduate degrees in STEM fields.
  • AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellowship: This summer fellowship from the American Mathematical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science provides students with the opportunity to improve public awareness and understanding of STEM fields through collaborative projects with media organizations.

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online math master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • The ability to apply mathematical concepts to solve problems
  • A general knowledge of multiple mathematical approaches and concepts of numerical analysis
  • The ability to clearly communicate abstract processes and ideas
  • Some master’s-level mathematics programs are designed to prepare students for teaching or careers in business, while others are more focused on preparing students to move on to doctoral-level programs.

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in math, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Operations Research Analyst

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $113,570
    • City with Highest Pay

      New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NY — $125,020
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Virginia — $99,760
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Tallahassee, FL — $47,910
  • Statisticians

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $112,830
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA — $150,230
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Maryland — $94,030
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Durham-Chapel Hill, NC — $96,920
  • Actuaries

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Kansas — $136,070
    • City with Highest Pay

      Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX — $140,770
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Connecticut — $112,030
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT — $110,260
  • Mathematician

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $134,400
    • City with Highest Pay

      Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV — $133,660
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Virginia — $107,900
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD — $123,930

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.


What are some of the most important publications in the mathematics field today?

What RSS feeds related to mathematics are worth subscribing to?

  • American Mathematical Society: Subscribe to the latest news for students from this professional organization that promotes mathematical research, education and awareness. This site also features RSS feeds for AMS’s many blogs.
  • Mathematics Stack Exchange: Follow this question and answer site to receive updates when new topics are posted.
  • Connect with this site to get the latest news and blog posts from a collection of over 700 sources.
  • Mathematical Association of America: This professional association dedicated to advancing mathematics and math skills offers feeds from its news and reviews sections, as well as from columnists.
  • Math Monday: Check out the RSS feed from the National Museum of Mathematics to receive notification of a new topic once a week.
  • Chance Magazine: Sign up for updates from this online blog magazine focused on data analysis.


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