Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences

Graduate Coordinator : Dr. Annie Childers

The Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences provides advanced preparation for careers in private industry, teaching, government, or for doctoral study. Mathematics is critical to most areas of today’s highly technological workforce, and the master’s program is a passport to this exciting and expanding career field.

Class size is kept small to provide maximum teacher-student interaction, and the excellent, dedicated graduate faculty enhances the learning experience. The program is designed to accommodate full-time employees, with many classes offered online.

Because computers are an indispensable tool for the applied mathematician, two computer labs are available with top-notch, research-quality math-science computers and software. The program is continually adding to and updating its software, and a number of courses in the program require computer use.

Our recent graduates have found jobs all over the state in the education field, health care sector, and private industry as teachers, statisticians, actuaries, mathematicians, and more. Others have continued their education in PhD programs across the nation as well as here at UA Little Rock. We strive to accommodate and help our students succeed in every way while a part of our program, Department, and beyond.

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted to the program for regular admission with the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 2.70 (4.0 scale) or 3.0 in the last 60 hours.
  • Courses with a grade of C or greater in matrix algebra, differential equations, an advanced calculus sequence, statistical methods, and a scientific programming language.
  • Six appropriate advanced mathematics hours with grades of C or greater (i.e., Analysis, Topology, Numerical Analysis, Mathematical Statistics)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination score.
  • Letters of recommendation.

Students with an undergraduate cumulative GPA between 2.0 and 2.69, or a a GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 in their last 60 hours may petition the department for consideration for special conditional admission. Applicants must discuss and provide evidence regarding two or more of the following criteria as part of their petition:

  • GPA in previous mathematics/statistics courses
  • Amount of time elapsed since the previous degree (5+ years preferred)
  • Professional experience in mathematics, statistics, or teaching
  • Professional accomplishments that demonstrate the applicant’s abilities with respect to time management or focused, intensive study
  • Extraordinary circumstances related to the overall low GPA

Applicants whose petitions are approved by the department must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their first 9 hours of coursework in order to remain in the program. Special conditionally admitted students may also be subject to other conditions for enrollment, such as required courses in the first 9 hours of study as specified by the admissions committee. Special conditionally admitted students completing their M.S. coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher after their first 9 credit hours will become regularly admitted.

Applicants lacking prerequisite classes must complete specified preparatory courses. Contact the program coordinator for details.

For more information on general admission requirements, please visit ualr.edu/gradschool.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences includes 12 hours of core courses from a specified emphasis area, 18 hours of MATH or STAT electives, as well as either the Thesis or Non-Thesis option (6 hours) for a total of 36 hours. For more details, see below.

Core Courses (12 hours), Choose ONE emphasis area:

         Applied Mathematics 

    • MATH 7350 Mathematical Statistics I
    • MATH 7311 Advanced Linear Algebra
    • MATH 7323 Advanced Numerical Analysis I
    • MATH 7322 Advanced Differential Equations

        Applied Statistics

    • MATH 7350 Mathematical Statistics I
    • MATH 7311 Advanced Linear Algebra
    • MATH 7351 Mathematical Statistics II
    • STAT 7340 Advanced Statistical Methods I

         Collegiate Mathematics Education

    • MATH 7350 Mathematical Statistics I
    • MATH 7311 Advanced Linear Algebra
    • MATH 7390 Teaching Collegiate Math
    • MATH 5361 History of Math I

Elective Courses (18 hours):

Students must take 18 hours of graduate level MATH or STAT courses. Students may use up to six hours of graduate level courses                     as electives in a related area with approval from adviser and graduate coordinator.

Thesis or Non-Thesis Option (6 hours):

         Thesis Option

    • 6 hours of MATH 7395 Master’s Research Project OR 6 hours of MATH 7396 Research Project in Collegiate Math Education (for Collegiate Math Ed track only).
    • Two comprehensive exams chosen from two of the four core courses as determined by his/her adviser after 18 hours are completed. Courses must be completed prior to examinations.
    • Thesis is written according to Graduate School Guidelines and is defended in front of committee last semester of study.
    • Must have completed 18 hours of coursework and have agreement of faculty member to direct research.

        Non-Thesis Option

    • 6 hours of graduate level MATH or STAT courses.
    • Two comprehensive exams chosen from two of the four core courses as determined by his/her adviser during last semester of study (offered in February and April). Courses must be completed prior to examinations.
    • Oral presentation from student’s area of specialization along with a question and answer session derived from the student’s course work.

Graduate Assistantships

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships available. The stipend amount is $4,000 per semester along with tuition paid by the University (not fees). A fulltime assistantship requires 20 hours work per week each semester. In addition, graduate assistants can sometimes be employed during the summer semesters for an additional $2000 to $4000. To apply, please visit here

UALR Graduate School

For more information about program and admission details, please visit ualr.edu/gradschool.