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Mathematics, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Join one of the premier centers in the Southeast for research in mathematics in our master's program designed for outstanding preparation of students who wish to continue into a Ph.D. program.

We provide a stimulating and supportive environment for graduate studies. Our internationally renowned faculty and modern computing facilities produce graduates ready for careers in academic research, college and university teaching, and industry. The program of study for the M.A. degree is usually narrower in scope than the M.S. but more intense in content.

Program Highlights

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    Notable Programs

    Be a strong candidate for graduate schools and careers in a variety of different fields when you complete this master's degree.

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    Holistic Preparation

    Make research your priority while also preparing yourself to teach and be an academic citizen.

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    Supportive Environment

    Become a part of a friendly, cooperative and welcoming place in USC's Department of Mathematics.

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    In-Demand Skills

    Teach in a peer mentoring program for graduate student instructors, and work as an instructor for undergraduate courses.

What You’ll Study

Coursework for the degree is regarded as preparatory for the Ph.D. Build the skills you need for your career. Explore courses in algebra, calculus, statistics and geometry as taught at the secondary level, as well as the basic elements of group theory, ring theory and real analysis. Demonstrate teaching proficiency. A thesis is required.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making


    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

  • Data Simulation

    Using mathematical or statistical models to replicate real-world scenarios and predict outcomes


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • University Faculty Member
  • Data Scientist
  • Research Analyst

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Public Sector
  • Private Sector
  • Aerospace Industry

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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