MS in Mathematical Sciences

The Master of Science (MS) in Mathematical Sciences degree program is a three-semester course of study that develops the student’s understanding of mathematics beyond that obtained in a standard undergraduate program. It offers students a thorough background in advanced mathematical concepts, focusing on clear, logical reasoning and communication. Students may choose from one of these possible concentrations: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and financial mathematics. 

A graduate of the MS program is prepared to enter the workforce as a professional mathematical scientist. An appropriate choice of courses will also prepare students to pursue a PhD.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the program should have or be expecting to obtain a bachelor’s degree either in mathematics or in a related area with a strong mathematical foundation. Specifically, students should have taken:

  • Three semesters of calculus up to and including multivariate calculus
  • A semester course in ordinary differential equations
  • A semester course in linear algebra 

Students should have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (a “B” average) in these courses. 

While not required, a score of 155 or higher on the GRE quantitative section is a good indication a student will succeed in the MS program.

Proficiency in English is expected of international students whose native language is not English. A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL is required for admission. Also acceptable for admission are an overall band score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a score of 56 on the PEARSON Test of English (PTE), or a score of 105 on the Duolingo English Test. The English proficiency requirement is met for applicants with degrees earned in English from accredited universities and colleges in the US or other English-speaking countries. The Graduate School maintains a list of countries eligible for a waiver of the English Language Testing requirement.

Financial Support

We are pleased to announce the Fourier Fellowships for MS Math students entering in Fall 2022.  Named in honor of mathematician Joseph Fourier, whose work laid important foundations for both pure and applied mathematics, these competitive awards will provide full tuition support in addition to a modest stipend.

All applicants for the MS Mathematical Sciences program, including international students, are automatically reviewed for the Fourier Fellowships at the time of application.

Application Instructions

Applicants will need to meet the minimum requirements to be considered for the program. Completed applications will be reviewed beginning February 1. We will continue to receive applications until all positions are filled.

All application materials from international students requiring a US visa must be received prior to April 1 (but sooner is better) in order to allow time for the necessary paperwork to be processed. The visa application process can often take 90 days or more to complete.

How to apply: 

1. Create an online application here.

2. Include these documents in your application:

  • Three letters of recommendation. The application system will automatically send an email to each of the recommenders with a link to submit their letters. 
  • Unofficial copy of transcript (official transcript will be required if you are admitted to the program). 
  • GRE general test score (highly recommended).
  • Statement of purpose/cover letter 
  • English Proficiency for international students.

3. Pay the application fee

UC’s CEEB college code is 1833, as established by The College Board. CEEB codes are used to ensure that test scores are sent to the correct institution. 

More information about submitting your application materials can be found here. FAQs for the admission process can be found here.

Program Description

A minimum of 30 graduate credits in mathematics or statistics are required with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must choose between three tracks: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Financial Mathematics. Each track has a core of classes that the students must take. The remaining credits are chosen from a list of electives. 

Visit the curriculum guide to learn about the required courses for each track. More details concerning the requirements of the program are explained in the Mathematical Sciences Department’s Graduate Handbook. See the course descriptions for information on the content.

A student entering with the minimum requirements should expect to take two years to complete the program. Students entering the program with a stronger mathematical background may be able to complete the program in three semesters.

About Cincinnati

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For further information, please contact Ms. Kamellia Smith:


Phone: 513-556-4053

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