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Twin Cities Campus

Mathematics M.S.

School of Mathematics
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota, 127 Vincent Hall, 206 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-6391; fax: 612-624-6702)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The School of Mathematics offers a master of science (MS) in mathematics. Students may also earn the MS degree with emphasis in applied and industrial mathematics or with emphasis in mathematics education. Special areas of research include ordinary and partial differential equations; probability; real, complex, harmonic, functional, and numerical analysis; differential and algebraic geometry; topology; number theory; commutative algebra; group theory; logic; combinatorics; mathematical physics; and applied and industrial mathematics, mathematical biology, and dynamical systems.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Undergraduate degree in mathematics or equivalent.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants should have the prerequisite material of linear algebra, advanced calculus and differential equations, and should be ready for higher level courses in analysis and algebra. The GRE Math subject test is strongly recommended. To receive full consideration for financial support, international applicants should have a TOEFL score of at least 100 with a speaking score of at least 23.
Special Application Requirements:
Applications are accepted for fall semester only. The application deadline is February 1. Additional information is available at
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Internet Based - Speaking Score: 18
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 14 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 15 to 30 major credits and 0 to 15 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Plan A
Plan A requires 14 credits in mathematics courses, 6 credits in a minor or related field, and 10 thesis credits. One sequence of two 8xxx-level mathematics courses in the student's concentration area must be included.
Thesis Credits
Take a minimum of 10 credits
MATH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Plan B
Plan B allows more breadth; students complete a minimum of 30 course credits, half of which may be in a related area outside of Mathematics. Mathematics courses outside the student's major research area may be used toward the related field requirement.
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MATH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]