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The Master of Science in Mathematics program is designed to prepare students for a career in private industry, to deepen the content knowledge of secondary teachers or for continued graduate study.

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.

  2. Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum (or equivalent) of a Mississippi College undergraduate minor in Mathematics. The suitability of courses will be determined by the graduate faculty.

  3. GRE Requirement:
    Verbal: 146 or better
    Quantitative: 141 or better
    Students seeking Class AA Educator License must have a composite score of 1000 or better on the pre-1983 NTE or have met the State minimum scores on the three sections of the NTE Core Battery (Communication Skills-651; General Knowledge-646; Professional Knowledge-649) or PPST (Reading-172; Writing-173; Mathematics-172) or CBT (Reading-316; Writing-318; Mathematics-314).
  4. To receive AA educator license a copy of the Class A Standard Educator License from the State of Mississippi must be supplied with your application. Your application cannot be processed without it.

Requirements of the Program

  1. A minimum of 30 semester hours of MAT graduate work must be completed. Any PHY graduate course may be substituted in lieu of up to 9 of these hours.
  2. The following courses are required:
    MAT 5426 - Advanced Calculus
    MAT 6520 - Selected Topics from Higher Algebra, or
    MAT 6526 - Real Analysis
  3. All graduate students must complete  MAT 6501 - Graduate Reading Research or complete a thesis in Mathematics but may not receive credit for both. The thesis may be substituted for up to 6 semester hours of course work and is strongly recommended for students anticipating entering a doctoral program.
  4. At least 15 semester hours of the course work must be at the 6500-level. 
  5. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the MS must take an oral comprehensive examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. If applicable, the oral exam will also include a defense of the thesis. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.


  1. Twelve semester hours of graduate credit in Professional Education core courses
  2. Eighteen semester hours of graduate work in Mathematics including
    1. MAT 6541 - Current Topics in Mathematics Education, 3 hrs
    2. MAT 6551 - Modern Geometry, 3 hrs
  3. Comprehensive oral examination

The Graduate Certificate Program in Mathematics is designed to help students who are interested in further study in Mathematics and especially to help prepare students for success in a full Masters level degree program.  This certificate should be useful for those who do not have a standard undergraduate degree in Mathematics, for those who do have an undergraduatemathematics degree but with relatively low grades, or for those who have low or no admission test scores prior to making application.

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
  2. Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least 15 semester hours of undergraduate mathematics including coursework equivalent to MAT 121 and MAT 122 with grades of B or better.
  3. There is no examination requirement for admission to this certificate program.

Requirements of the Program

  1. A minimum of nine new hours of undergraduate coursework at the 200-level or higher must be completed with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher to include:
    • MAT 301 - Foundations of Mathematics;
    • MAT 221 or 222, if not already completed;
    • At least one more course at the 300-level or higher
  2. Nine hours of coursework at the 5000-level.
  3. The Graduate Record Examination must be taken before the end of the student’s coursework.

Students may be allowed to repeat or take other acceptable undergraduate coursework as needed if the prescribed GPA is not maintained.

If course work used to satisfy the certificate requirements is judged to be at a high level by the department then the student will be granted full admission into one of our graduate mathematicsdegree tracks.  Alternately, if the student’s GRE score meets regular admission requirements, then the student can immediately be considered for full admission into one of our graduatemathematics degree tracks.  In either case, the student will be allowed to include all of their successfully completed graduate coursework toward that program.

Students who do not meet either of these two standards will only be granted a certificate after successfully completing the coursework noted above.