Because student needs and interests vary, there is flexibility in the Mathematics master's degree program at Illinois State University. In addition to allowing students to get a strong general background in mathematics, our program allows students to concentrate in:
A master's degree requires either 39 credit hours without a thesis, or 32 credit hours with a thesis. Please see the Graduate Catalog for additional requirements and information.
A student applying to a master's program must:
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
You’ll need a minimum of the following mathematics courses:
If your transcripts do not clearly show you have this background, please explain in your statement of purpose.
Upload your resume or C.V. in the application system.
The system will ask you to upload a statement of purpose. Include the following information:
If your background is not in mathematics, please explain in your statement.
Submit the name and email address for a letter of recommendation. If you’re applying for a graduate assistantship and/or partial tuition waiver, you’ll need two letters of recommendation.
Letters will be uploaded by the individuals writing them.
Letters should address your academic ability and your ability to communicate mathematics.
Use institutional code 1319 to submit your GRE scores to Illinois State.
|Fall (August)||March 1 for financial consideration (graduate assistantships, tuition waivers)|
|Fall (August)||July 1|
|Spring (January)||October 1|
|Summer (May/June)||April 1 (funding is unavailable)|
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
Graduate assistants receive
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.
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