Masters of Science in Mathematics

Dr. Joe Yanik teaches an online course

Emporia State University’s Master of Science in Mathematics Program is flexible so you can reach your personal goals in the way that will best fit your needs. Our classes are available to both on-campus and online students, allowing you to decide when and how you take your classes.

The program also allows you to select several areas of mathematics you might want to pursue, such as: applied mathematics, statistics, algebra or analysis.

Most students choose the M.S. degree program (34 hours of coursework) in order to obtain academic appointments at community colleges or find employment in business or industry. Others earn their degree in order to continue their education by pursuing a doctorate degree at another institution.


Masters of Science in Mathematics

From the courses listed below, students must take
  • MA 701: Mathematical Proofs (if admitted for Fall 2016 or later)
  • 6 credit hours in Analysis
  • 6 credit hours in Algebra
  • 3 credit hours in Statistics or Applied Mathematics
  • MA 810 (online or on-campus) or MA 850 (on-campus only)
  • 34 total credit hours (32 credit hours for on-campus thesis students)


MA 715Topology3 hours
MA 734Complex Variables3 hours
MA 735Advanced Calculus I3 hours
MA 736Advanced Calculus II3 hours
MA 728Vector Spaces3 hours
MA 740Number Theory3 hours
MA 741Group Theory3 hours
MA 742Ring Theory3 hours
MA 743Field Theory3 hours
Statistics and Applied Mathematics
MA 532Mathematical Statistics I3 hours
MA 731SAS3 hours
MA 732Categorical Data Analysis3 hours
MA 733Mathematical Statistics II3 hours
MA 738Applied Differential Equations Analysis3 hours
MA 758Wavelets3 hours
MA 760Numerical Analysis3 hours
MA 762Optimization Techniques3 hours
MA 763Simulation Techniques3 hours
MA 764Regression Analysis3 hours
MA 765Numerical Linear Algebra3 hours
Electives and Other Topics
MA 510Technology in Mathematics*3 hours
MA 701Mathematical Proofs3 hours
MA 721Projective Geometry3 hours
MA 722Non-Euclidean Geometry3 hours
MA 791Introduction to Mathematical Logic3 hours
MA 791Combinatory Logic3 hours
MA 791Knot Theory3 hours
MA 793Mathematics in the Common Core Standards*3 hours
MA 810Seminar in Mathematics**1 hour
MA 850Thesis**1-6 hours
Other Notes
* These courses are considered non-core courses since they are focused on math education. A maximum of 6 credit hours of non-core courses can be applied toward the completion of either program.
** MA 810 is the course that non-thesis students take when they are ready to give their seminar presentation before graduation. MA 850 is for on-campus thesis students only.

General Information

Applications are submitted to the graduate office. To start on your application, visit Graduate Admissions.

Applicants must also submit transcripts of all previous college work to the graduate office.

The deadline for Summer or Fall admission is March 1, and October 1 for Spring admission.

We do not require you to take the GRE.

You may enroll in a course as a non-degree-seeking student while your application is pending. If your application is accepted, that course will apply toward your degree (up to a maximum of 12 credit hours). However, once you decide to enter the program, it is to your advantage to complete the application because there is an additional application fee for enrolling as a non-degree-seeking student.

Recommended Background

Applicants who have completed 24 credit hours of undergraduate mathematics, including at least two semesters of Calculus and at least one course where writing mathematical proofs is a significant part of the content, are viewed favorably.

An undergraduate degree is required preferably in mathematics, mathematics education, or an area with a significant mathematics requirement.

In general, success in our programs requires fimiliarity with the content of the first two semesters of a typical Calculus sequence as well as experience in writing mathematical proofs.

For information about tuition and fees, visit Distance Education.

Each year the Department of Mathematics and Economics employs a number of on-campus graduate students as teaching assistants. These assistants are typically responsible for teaching two courses of undergraduate mathematics each semester. Because assistants are given sole responsibility for their classes, these positions provide valuable experience for those seeking academic employment in the future. In addition to a salary, graduate teaching assistants receive a tuition waiver and pay only the activities fee.

For those students who do not qualify for a graduate teaching assistantship, there is a competitively selected, merit-based scholarship of $500 per semester for first year students.

For further details about the assistantships and scholarship award, please contact the graduate advisor, Dr. Chad Wiley (

Is it possible to complete the programs completely online?

Yes. For many years we offered at least one online course each semester. Now, because of the growth in our program, we have expanded our online course offerings each sememster, giving students multiple classes to choose from and take.

How do the online courses work?

It varies a bit from course to course, and it is constantly evolving as new technologies become available. Some courses have tutorials you are asked to download and complete. These are Word documents that have areas for student responses. Other courses have actual meeting times and are held in a specially designed classroom that allows students to interact with the instructor and other students during class. The class is recorded so those who are unable to attend can view it at a later time. Assignments can be typed up or completed by hand. Students then scan the document to a single pdf file and upload it. The instructor grades the assignment and returns it electronically.

Exams are all proctored. Students are responsible for finding a suitable proctor. The exam is sent electronically to the proctor who administers the exam under controlled conditions and sends it back to the instructor for grading. The graded exam is scanned and made available for the student to download.

Is there opportunity for student interaction?

Yes. All courses have scheduled chat sessions using Adobe Connect Pro. This allows students to ask questions and watch as the instructor responds using an audio and video connection. The instructor writes on an electronic white board while responding. The chat sessions are recorded for later viewing by those who are unable to attend, and the notes from the white board are saved and provided as pdf files.

There are also electronic chat rooms available for student use. Students can use these to work together in completing assignments or in studying for exams.

Finally, there are discussion groups where students can post questions and get responses from other students or from the instructor.

Is the Master's degree a mathematics degree or a mathematics education degree?

It is a mathematics Master's degree. It is essentially the same mathematics Master's program we have offered for years on-campus. However, because many of the students in the program are high school or community college mathematics teachers, we often strive to make connections in our courses to the mathematics they will teach. There is also room in our program for a limited number of pedagogically oriented elective courses.

How many courses can I take each semester?

You can take as many as you can handle. Until recently, we often only offered one online course per semester. This is not as limiting as it sounds. Most of our students have full time jobs, and one course a semester is essentially a full load for them. A graduate level mathematics course is a significant time commitment! However, with the expansion of our program, we now offer multiple classes each semester, so it is possible to take two or even three courses in a single semester for those not working.

How long will it take to complete the program?

That depends on how many courses you can handle in a semester. Most of our students choose the non-thesis option, which requires 34 credit hours. That is eleven three-credit-hour courses plus a one-hour project. So, if you are able to take one course during the two regular semesters and two courses in the summer, you could complete the program in less than three years.

Do you still have an active on-campus program?

Yes, we do. Although many of our courses are taken by both off-campus and on-campus students simultaneously, there are still a few courses offered each semester that are only available to on-campus students. In addition, on-campus students are eligible for teaching assistantships that pay a stipend and include a full tuition waiver.

Where can I find more information?

To apply to the program go to Graduate Admissions.

To register for courses go to Distance Education.

To get information about tuition and fees go to Distance Education.

For information about financial aid go to Financial Aid.

Contact Dr. Chad Wiley (, the graduate advisor for the mathematics graduate program.

Contact the Graduate Office.