Mathematics | Master of Arts Degree
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Saint Louis University offers graduate programs of advanced study and research leading to Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in mathematics. We have a high faculty-student ratio; our graduate students receive extensive individualized instruction. We provide an educational environment that is both nurturing and challenging. Ph.D. students work closely with faculty on individually tailored research programs. The department is engaged in undergraduate curriculum reform using leading-edge technology, and graduate students participate in this reform. We have a strong record of recruiting and graduating women and minority students.
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|Application Deadline for Beginning Term||The Application Package||Apply Online|
|Fall: July 1 (International: May 1)||Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement||
(Advantages of the web application)
|Spring: November 1 (International: Oct. 1)|
|Summer: No admittance|
Tel. No.: 314.977.2444
|Chair: James Hebda, Ph.D.
Graduate Director: Julianne Rainbolt, Ph.D.
Assistantship Application Deadline: January 1
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score
Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- Of every applicant, a committee examines and reviews each item of their application wholly.
Mathematics Application Review Process
All applications are reviewed by committee with about a six-week wait for decision-notification to applicants. All applicants have until April 15 to decide to accept.
About 25 percent of all applicants choose to attend SLU.
About 50 percent of math graduate students are women.
The program has a strong record of recruiting and graduating minority students.
Rankings/Honors: Dr. Russell Blyth was named the 2010 College of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award in the Natural Sciences. Dr. Bryan Clair was honored with an Emerson Excellence in Teaching award in Sept., 2009. | SLU Mathematics Teaching Awards
Credit Hours/Coursework | Math courses offered at Saint Louis University
Non-thesis: Thirty (30) credit hours of coursework. The candidate must also pass an oral exam on his or her coursework, with an emphasis on algebra, analysis, and topology. Typically, full-time students take three courses a semester and complete the degree in two years. Master's students have the option to write a master's thesis to obtain the M.A. degree.
Research: Master's students have the option of writing a Master's thesis. In that case, two of the
courses in the second year would be devoted to research for the thesis, and the Master's
oral exam is replaced by an oral defense of the thesis.
Program Description | Master of Arts narrative
Non-thesis: The Department offers programs of instruction and research leading to the Master of Arts degree. The M.A. is intended to prepare students for further study toward the Ph.D. or for a career in teaching or industry.
Research: The Department offers programs of instruction and research leading to the Master of Arts degree with a research emphasis. The M.A. with research is intended to prepare students for further study toward the Ph.D. or for a career in teaching or industry.
Careers Possibilities: Academics; Government -- National Security Agency; Government -- NASA; Actuary; Cryptographer; Market Research Analyst. | Recent SLU math graduate program alumni
Curriculum & Program Details: Saint Louis University graduate programs in mathematics provide students with the opportunity to learn and grow as scholars in an exciting environment of mathematical research. | Mathematics Graduate Programs
About the Mathematics Faculty: The mathematics faculty are internationally recognized in many areas of research including topology, differential geometry, algebra and analysis. A high faculty-to-student ratio allows for creative, individual instruction within a framework of rigorous training. | Math Research Groups | The People of the Mathematics/Computer Sciences Department
Scholarships & Financial Aid: Applications should be submitted by January 1 for assistantship consideration review. A masters student can receive a total of up to two years of support from Saint Louis University as a teaching assistant. A Ph.D. student can receive a total of up to five years of support from Saint Louis University as a teaching assistant including support received while in the master's and the doctoral program. Renewal of the assistantship from year-to-year is not guaranteed, as the student needs to demonstrate sufficient progress towards the degree. Most M.A. and Ph.D. students are supported by teaching assistantships, which include a stipend, full tuition remission, and medical benefits. Students who are awarded teaching assistantships normally teach one course per semester; this allows them the freedom to energetically pursue graduate study while perfecting their teaching skills. | Financial Assistance | Student Financial Services at SLU
Program Highlights: We are a small program with a high student/faculty ratio (about 1-1). We provide a nurturing yet rigorous and challenging environment. The master's program prepares candidates for Ph.D. study or for work in teaching or industry. The department is engaged in undergraduate curriculum reform using leading-edge technology, and graduate students participate in this. We have a record of recruiting, graduating, and placing minority students. | Graduate Student Resources