# Master of Arts Degree Program

The Department of Mathematics offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Mathematics designed
for students who wish to study mathematics at an advanced level. Within this degree
program, students may choose to complete the traditional track or the teaching option.
The **traditional track** best satisfies the needs of students who wish to work in industry, teach at community
college, or go on to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. The **teaching option** is designed especially for students who wish to enhance their high school mathematics
teaching and/or assume a leadership role in high school mathematics education and
beyond or who wish to pursue an advanced degree in mathematics education.

Detailed information may be found in the Department of Mathematics Graduate Studies Handbook.

## Why Should I Get a Master’s Degree in Mathematics?

The benefits of earning a master’s degree in mathematics include the following:

- A master’s degree opens the door to more job opportunities in industry.
- Many positions in research and development require at least a master’s degree, either in mathematics or a related field.
- Both private firms and federal agencies hire people with a master’s degree for work in various areas, such as mathematical modeling, computer graphics, cryptography, etc.

- Teaching at the community college level requires a master’s degree at minimum.
- Taking a leadership role at the secondary education level requires a master’s degree, and the Teaching Option is well-suited for this goal.
- An easier transition to a doctoral program in mathematics, applied mathematics, or a related field, or in mathematics education (with the Teaching Option).