2017 Top Online Schools for Mathematics

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1

Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University offers an online Master of Arts in Mathematics that is designed for licensed secondary school teachers who want to attain a master's degree to change their rank. The program does not lead to initial teaching licensure and it does not prepare students for doctoral studies in math. To earn the degree, students must complete 30 to 34 credits, which include 18 credits in math classes and 10 to 16 credits in core professional education classes. Students must complete an action research project for teacher leaders as a capstone. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in math or must complete up to six undergraduate math classes, including multivariable calculus and linear algebra.

CAG Score 93.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

20,171 Students

2

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The University of Washington has an online program leading to a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics. Part-time students can complete the degree in about three years while full-time students can complete it in about one year. The 100-percent-online program is interdisciplinary and focuses on the math that underlies the physical and biological sciences as well as engineering. To earn the degree, students must complete 36 quarter credits, including four core courses. The curriculum covers topics such as mathematical methods, numerical analysis, climate modeling, mathematical finance, and nonlinear waves and coherent structures. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in math or a closely related subject. Students may enter the program in the fall, winter, or spring quarter.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

44,784 Students

3

University of Houston

The University of Houston has an online Master of Arts in Mathematics that is designed for students who want to teach math in high school or in a community college. The program is also intended for teachers who want advanced credentials. While applicants do not have to have an undergraduate degree in math, they must have completed three semesters of calculus and have passed advanced math classes such as linear algebra and differential equations. To earn the degree, student must complete 33 credit hours, including at least 21 credits in math classes. They are also required to take a master's tutorial class.

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

40,914 Students

4

University of Illinois at Springfield

The University of Illinois Springfield offers its Bachelor of Arts in Mathematic Sciences through an online program. The online program is a degree-completion program covering junior and senior level courses. Students in the math program can tailor their degree to their specific career goals through the selection of technical electives, choosing math or statistics classes to prepare for future work. To earn the degree, students must complete 32 credits in upper level math classes, including a cluster of courses in algebra and geometry or in statistics. To apply for the online math program, students must have at least 30 credits at the lower division level, including three semesters of calculus. They must also pass a math entrance assessment course.

5

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology offers an online program leading to a Master of Science in Applied Statistics. Students in the program have the option of choosing a concentration based upon their career goals. Available concentrations are: predictive analytics; data mining/machine learning; industrial statistics; biostatistics; and theory. The degree requires students to complete 30 credits in core and elective classes. Required classes cover statistical software, regression analysis, experimental design, and statistical theory. Students choose a capstone project or thesis. Full-time students can complete the degree in two years or less, and part-time students can complete it in about four years. Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.0 and a background in math and statistics.

6

The University of West Florida

The University of West Florida offers a Master of Science in Mathematics through its online campus. Unlike many online programs, the math program is delivered in a synchronous format that requires students to be online at a set day and time for live lectures that are delivered by the university's video conferencing service. The program is designed to serve a wide range of students with different career aspirations, from those who want to work in science or industry to those who want to teach math in high school or community college. Students can tailor the degree by choosing courses that match their career needs. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in math, statistics, or a related field.

CAG Score 94.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,602 Students

7

The University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee offers an online Master of Mathematics program that is designed for high school teachers, although it is open to teachers at any level. To earn the degree, students must complete 30 credit hours. Core courses include discrete math, algebra, and probability and statistics. Students have several electives. Applicants to the program must be certified to teach secondary school math or have at least three years of experience teaching math at any grade level, two semesters of calculus, and a course in matrix algebra. Core courses are offered in a two-year rotation, with one required course taught each semester, including the summer. There is no thesis or capstone project, but students must pass a comprehensive exam.

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,386 Students

8

The University of Texas at Brownsville

Students seeking a Master of Science in Mathematics through the University of Texas at Brownsville can choose from three online tracks: pure mathematics, industrial mathematics, or teaching math. Students must complete 36 credits, including nine core credits and 12 credits in restricted electives. For students in the teaching track, the 12 credits are in education, math education, or educational technology classes. Students in the pure math and industrial math tracks can choose a thesis, non-thesis, or project option. Teachers must do a project or take a comprehensive exam. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Students who lack some required undergraduate coursework can complete those courses in their first academic year while also taking graduate courses.

9

Emporia State University

Emporia State University offers a Master of Science in Mathematics that can be completed entirely online. The program meets the needs of students with diverse goals, including students who teach at the high school or community college level, those who work in business and industry, and those who want to pursue a doctoral degree in math. The online classes employ a variety of technologies, including some synchronous classes that allow students to interact with the instructor and classmates. Emporia offers a thesis and non-thesis option. The non-thesis option requires students to complete 11 courses and a project. The curriculum allows for electives so teachers can take pedagogy courses. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in math or a related subject.

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

6,114 Students

10

Mercy College

Mercy University has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics that can be earned entirely online. The 120-credit program includes 60 credits in general education requirements. Math majors must take five foundation courses, including two calculus classes and two classes in foundations of computing. Required courses in the major include number theory, linear algebra, probability theory and applications, statistics theory and application, and mathematical modeling. Math majors also take three electives within the major. Students who have earned an associate degree or attended college elsewhere and want to finish their degree through Mercy's online program may be able to transfer as many as 90 credits. Math majors can prepare for a career in industry, teaching, business, or government.

11

San Antonio College

Students interested in a career field such as statistics, actuarial science, science, or teaching, can start by earning an Associate of Science with a concentration in mathematics through the online program offered by San Antonio College. The college has articulation agreements with several local colleges and universities to provide for the seamless transfer of credits to a four-year school. To earn the associate degree, math majors must complete 60 credit hours, including required courses in composition, life and physical sciences, creative arts, American history, and government. The degree requires 17 credits in math coursework beyond general education requirements. Math majors take classes in calculus and linear algebra and a few math electives.

12

Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College has an online associate degree in math designed for students who want to transfer their credits to a four-year school to complete a bachelor's degree in math or a related subject. Full-time students can complete the associate degree in four semesters. The degree requires students to complete 60 credits, including many of the general education requirements needed for a bachelor's degree. Math courses that are included in the program are discrete mathematics, three semesters of calculus, linear algebra, and two math electives. The degree can be completed entirely through online classes.

13

Southern New Hampshire University

Students pursuing an online Bachelor of Science in Mathematics through Southern New Hampshire University can follow a general math track or concentrate in applied math. The curriculum includes two electives in math, so students can tailor their studies to their future career goals, whether they are interested in being an actuary, business analyst, statistician, or want some other related career. The degree requires 120 credits, including general education requirements. Math majors take 11 math courses, including three semesters of calculus, differential equations, abstract algebra, real analysis, and mathematical proof and problem solving. SNHU has six nine-week terms per year, and students have 24/7 access to coursework. Students can transfer up to 90 credits from other colleges.

14

University of Idaho

The University of Idaho offers an online Master of Science in Statistical Science through its Engineering Outreach program. Students in the 30-credit program can choose a thesis option or a non-thesis option/internship. To complete the internship, students must work a minimum of eight weeks and 400 hours in a positon where they apply classroom knowledge to workplace situations. Students must also write a summary report about the internship. Required classes for the degree include sample survey methods, probability theory, mathematical statistics, experimental design, multivariate analysis, regressive, and a consulting practicum. The University of Idaho also offers a 15-credit graduate certificate in statistics for graduate students in other disciplines who need a background in statistical methods. It is available online.

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

11,702 Students

15

Clarkson University

Clarkson University has a Master of Science in Mathematics that can be earned online in a full-time or part-time format. To earn the degree, students must complete 30 credit hours of coursework, including at least 16 credits in graduate-level courses offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Students must take at least one course in each of three categories: classical complex analysis or real analysis, algebraic structures or sets and topology, and matrix theory or numerical analysis. Grad students have the option of writing a thesis, completing two exams, or passing one exam and completing a special project. The Clarkson math faculty does research in areas such as applied mathematics, dynamical systems, and critical phenomena and statistical mechanics.

16

Chadron State College

Chadron State College has an online degree completion program for students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Math majors must complete at least 36 credits in math classes, including three semesters of calculus, history and foundations of math, probability and statistics, differential equations, and introductory analysis. The Department of Mathematics also offers online programs leading to a teaching endorsement in math, a minor in math, and a minor in applied statistics. Online students can access the lectures and board work on their own timetable as long as they complete assignments on time. Students who transfer to Chadron State must complete at least one-half of the math classes required for the major through Chadron State.

CAG Score 95.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,033 Students

17

Central Texas College

Central Texas College offers an online program leading to an Associate of Science in Mathematics. The program requires students to earn 60 credits and can be completed in five semesters - four semesters of full-time study and a summer semester with just one calculus class. To earn the degree, student must complete three calculus courses as well as other math classes in addition to general education requirements. Students who earn the degree should be able to transfer all credits to a four-year college or university. Online classes at CTC are scheduled for eight, 10, 12 or 16 weeks and most are offered in an asynchronous format.

18

Indiana University-East

Indiana University East has a degree completion program that allows students to complete the last two years of coursework for a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics online. Students who have finished their general education courses can complete the program in two years entirely online. Students can tailor the program for their desired career, such as specializing in financial mathematics. To earn the degree, students must complete 45 credits in math classes, with a required core of 27 math credits in topics such as calculus, linear algebra, real analysis, and mathematical modeling. Students interested in actuarial science may use some finance and economics classes to meet the math electives requirement. The program has a prerequisite of two semesters of calculus.

CAG Score 94.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,573 Students

19

Mayville State University

Mayville State College offers an online Bachelor of Science in Mathematics that students can complete in about three years, including two summer sessions. Mayville uses a cohort format for the degree, which means that a student who fails or drops out of any class in the three-year rotation must find an appropriate substitute class or wait until the course is offered again in three years. The program is designed for students who want to use math in a non-teaching career and requires students to complete a business administration or general science minor. Students who already have a bachelor's degree can complete just the math requirements. Students must take at least 36 credits in advanced math classes from Mayville State.

20

Ottawa University

Ottawa University has an online program that allows students to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. Students in the online program can take a concentration in actuarial science. Required math courses for the major include three semesters of calculus, plus courses covering probability, differential equations, abstract algebra, numerical methods, real analysis, and inferential statistics. All math majors take a capstone course where they develop an integrative project. Students have 24/7 access to lectures and coursework and there are no requirements for outside study groups. Ottawa University accepts up to 80 transfer credits.

Evaluating Online Mathematics Degrees

Unlike lab-heavy disciplines such as engineering, math degrees are easier to deliver via distance learning. Online math degree programs may be combined with other areas of study, including natural sciences and computer science, for a broad analytical education. Other math programs prepare aspiring math teachers and college-level educators.

Reputation matters – especially when it comes to online degrees. Before you invest your hard-earned money, check if your program has:

  • Regional accreditation
  • A math department with a strong “brick and mortar” reputation (e.g. high rankings, groundbreaking research work, award-winning professors, business/government partnerships in your discipline, etc.)
  • Internships, co-ops and/or hands-on experiences organized in your local area
  • Great online rankings in U.S. News & World Report
  • The same faculty who teach on-campus courses teaching online
  • Dedicated distance learning support services
  • Career management and portfolio preparation
  • Verifiable job placement figures and low attrition rates