2019 Accredited Online Math Degrees

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Accreditation: Institutional
Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $25,393
Avg Salary: $96,956

Online math degrees are offered at 124 colleges and universities. Browse our comprehensive list to see all 267 programs. Online math degrees can be earned at every educational level, from associate to master's.

When you are weighing your options and researching schools, be sure to pay close attention to institutional accreditation. Accreditation is a general term for the validating of a college’s credentials, by a nonpartisan organization. Because there is no specific programmatic accrediting agency for mathematics, understanding and assessing institutional accreditation is an important aspect of choosing a quality degree program.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools - Mathematics Degrees ( 124)

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American Public University System HLC $6,880 72% (138 reviews)
417 Programs, 5 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics - Applied Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics - Operations Research
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics - Statistics
Appalachian State University SACS COC $22,109 100% (1 review)
41 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • MA in Middle Grades Education - Mathematics
Augustana University - SD HLC $31,960 Add Review
6 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - STEM
Austin Peay State University SACS COC $23,153 50% (2 reviews)
54 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Professional Master of Science in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods - Predictive Analytics
Baker College Online HLC $9,360 60% (87 reviews)
58 Programs, 5 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Elementary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement
  • Elementary Teacher Preparation Mathematics - Bachelor
  • Secondary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement
  • Secondary Teacher Preparation English and Mathematics, Double Major - Bachelor
Ball State University HLC $25,942 100% (4 reviews)
125 Programs, 8 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Teacher Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Middle School Mathematics Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Post-Secondary Foundational Mathematics Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics Education
Bellevue University HLC $7,752 67% (54 reviews)
165 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Brandeis University NECHE $53,537 Add Review
12 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Strategic Analytics
Brenau University SACS COC $28,510 Add Review
85 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Education - Math/Science
Brescia University SACS COC $21,550 100% (1 review)
15 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Associate of Science in Integrated Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies
California State University-Fullerton WASC WSCUC $18,730 100% (2 reviews)
40 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Statistics
California State University-San Bernardino WASC WSCUC $18,765 0% (1 review)
64 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • STEM Certificate for Educators
California University of Pennsylvania MSCHE $15,326 79% (14 reviews)
105 Programs, 5 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Associate of Science in Technical Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Science & Technology: Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Certificate in STEM
  • Master of Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education
Calvary University HLC $11,152 Add Review
103 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Professional Directed Studies: Mathematics (Bachelor's)
Capella University HLC $14,250 64% (539 reviews)
234 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • BS - Data Analytics (ABET-accredited)
Central Methodist University HLC $5,760 - $23,770 100% (1 review)
35 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
Chaminade University of Honolulu WASC WSCUC $24,514 100% (1 review)
36 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education with Licensure (6th grade to 12th grade)
City University of Seattle NWCCU $16,920 54% (28 reviews)
83 Programs, 5 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education - Elementary Education and Middle Level Math
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education - Middle Level Mathematics
  • Endorsement in Mathematics
  • Mathematics Endorsement Program
Colorado State University-Fort Collins HLC $28,903 100% (5 reviews)
78 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Theory and Applications of Regression Models
  • Master of Applied Statistics
Colorado State University-Global Campus HLC $9,000 57% (49 reviews)
102 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate - Educator Licensure, Math
  • Graduate Certificate in Educator Licensure-Math
  • MS - Teaching and Learning, Math Teaching Licensure
Columbia University in the City of New York MSCHE $57,208 Add Review
75 Programs, 7 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Certificate in Applied Mathematics
  • Certificate in Operations Research
  • Certificate of Professional Achievement in Actuarial Science
  • Master of Science in Actuarial Science
Columbus State University SACS COC $16,920 25% (4 reviews)
47 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Endorsement in K-5 Mathematics
  • MAT Secondary Education - Mathematics
Concordia College - New York MSCHE $31,600 100% (1 review)
11 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.S. in Childhood Education - Math
  • M.S. in Childhood Education - STEAM
Concordia University - Portland NWCCU $30,270 49% (41 reviews)
52 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics
Davenport University HLC $17,558 100% (5 reviews)
85 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science - Mathematical Modeling
  • Bachelor of Science in Cyber Defense - Mathematical Modeling
DePaul University HLC $39,010 100% (1 review)
85 Programs, 6 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Certificate in Analytics
  • MS in Data Science
  • MS in Data Science - Computational Methods Concentration
  • MS in Data Science - Health Care Concentration
Drexel University MSCHE $52,002 60% (5 reviews)
294 Programs, 5 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Mathematics Learning and Teaching
  • Graduate PA Intern Teaching Certification - Secondary Education - Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Mathematics Learning and Teaching
  • Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum: Teacher Certification - Secondary Education - Mathematics
East Carolina University SACS COC $23,420 100% (4 reviews)
141 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Education
  • Master of Arts in Education - Elementary Mathematics Education
  • Master of Arts in Education - Mathematics Education
  • Master of Arts in Education - Middle Grades Mathematics Education
Emporia State University HLC $19,918 Add Review
85 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Certification in Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus MSCHE $39,446 Add Review
35 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Mathematical Foundations
Florida Tech SACS COC $16,128 67% (76 reviews)
96 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS Operations Research
Georgia State University SACS COC $23,971 0% (1 review)
32 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education
Grand Canyon University HLC $17,050 53% (404 reviews)
210 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • BS in Math for Secondary Education
Huntington University HLC $25,540 Add Review
27 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Early Adolescent Education - Math
Immaculata University MSCHE $27,350 Add Review
14 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Endorsement in Mathematics Coaching
Indiana State University HLC $19,452 88% (8 reviews)
83 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Mathematics
Indiana University - Bloomington HLC $34,845 100% (1 review)
107 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Mathematics - Mathematics
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Mathematics
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Pure Mathematics
Indiana University - East HLC $19,038 Add Review
25 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Mathematics - Mathematics - Degree Completion
  • Bachelor of General Studies - Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics - Degree Completion
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
Indiana Wesleyan University Online HLC $25,980 44% (16 reviews)
124 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies - Mathematics
  • Undergraduate Certificate in General Studies - Mathematics
Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education HLC $25,980 29% (7 reviews)
152 Programs, 5 in Mathematics (view all)
  • A.S. General Studies - Mathematics
  • B.S. General Studies - Mathematics
  • Certificate in General Studies - Mathematics
  • Graduate Teaching Certificate - Mathematics
Iowa State University HLC $22,472 100% (1 review)
56 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of School Mathematics
IUPUI HLC $29,806 100% (1 review)
54 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Mathematics, Mathematics Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Jackson State University SACS COC $18,314 Add Review
23 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science and Mathematics Teaching - Biology
James Madison University SACS COC $27,230 100% (1 review)
9 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Mathematics
Johns Hopkins University MSCHE $52,170 Add Review
360 Programs, 12 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Financial Mathematics
  • Graduate Certificate in K-8 Mathematics Lead Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Instructional Leader (PreK–6) endorsement
  • MS in Applied & Computational Mathematics
Kennesaw State University SACS COC $8,066 - $17,329 75% (4 reviews)
93 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics R
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Education - Mathematics
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education - Mathematics
Lesley University NECHE $26,675 Add Review
46 Programs, 6 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Mathematics Education: Non-Licensure
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education Generalist: Mathematics
  • Master of Education in Individually Designed Program for Educators - Mathematics Education
Lewis University HLC $31,250 Add Review
59 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Data Science - Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • MS in Data Science - Computer Science
Liberty University SACS COC $11,700 59% (238 reviews)
525 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • AS: STEM Mathematics
Marshall University HLC $17,856 Add Review
37 Programs, 6 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Elementary Math Specialist
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Through Algebra I
  • M.A. in Education - Elementary Mathematics Specialist
  • M.A. in Education - Math Through Algebra I
Maryville University HLC $28,470 0% (9 reviews)
72 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • BS in Mathematics
Mercer University SACS COC $36,000 Add Review
42 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Educational Specialist in Early Childhood Education - Math in ECE Endorsement
  • Endorsement in Early Childhood (K-5) Math
  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Education - (K-5) Mathematics Endorsement
Michigan State University HLC $39,406 100% (3 reviews)
109 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum - Science & Mathematics Education
Michigan Technological University HLC $32,318 100% (1 review)
14 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Applied Science Education - Applied Science and Mathematics
Minnesota State University-Moorhead HLC $15,878 Add Review
43 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
Montana State University NWCCU $24,071 Add Review
29 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.A.T. in Secondary Education - Mathematics
  • M.S. in Mathematics - Mathematics Education (MSMME)
New England College NECHE $36,954 38% (8 reviews)
85 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education - Literacy: Math
New Jersey Institute of Technology MSCHE $31,918 Add Review
82 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Science - Mathematics
North Carolina State University SACS COC $27,406 67% (3 reviews)
91 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics and Data Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
  • Master of Statistics
Northcentral University WASC WSCUC $17,526 49% (207 reviews)
272 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Mathematics Excellence in the Common Core
Northern Arizona University HLC $24,841 72% (18 reviews)
159 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching Introductory Community College Mathematics
  • MS in Mathematics Education
Northern State University HLC $11,210 Add Review
28 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of General Studies in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
Northwestern University HLC $52,678 0% (2 reviews)
53 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study - Data Science and Analytics
  • Master of Science in Predictive Analytics
Nova Southeastern University SACS COC $29,930 71% (7 reviews)
225 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Ed.S. in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Science in Education - Mathematics Education
  • MS in Education - Mathematics Education
Ottawa University Online HLC $11,815 100% (4 reviews)
100 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics - Actuarial Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education: Mathematics
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus MSCHE $13,988 67% (3 reviews)
210 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Applied Statistics
Post University Online NECHE Not Provided 33% (81 reviews)
127 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Data Science
  • B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Data Science - Big Data
  • B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Data Science - Life and Physical Science
Purdue University - Main Campus HLC $28,794 75% (4 reviews)
68 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics
  • MS in Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
Quinnipiac University NECHE $46,780 33% (3 reviews)
38 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Teacher Leadership - Mathematics Leadership
Regent University Online SACS COC $17,288 54% (13 reviews)
517 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Education Specialist in Leadership in Mathematics Education
  • M.Ed. in Leadership in Mathematics Education
  • M.Ed. – Curriculum & Instruction – STEM Education
  • M.Ed. – Leadership in Mathematics Education
Rochester Institute of Technology MSCHE $40,068 Add Review
50 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Advance Certificate in Applied Statistics
  • Master of Science in Applied Statistics
Saint Leo University Online SACS COC $22,220 68% (82 reviews)
133 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • B.A. in Mathematics
  • B.A. in Mathematics - Education Minor
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College HLC $29,510 Add Review
40 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Mathematics Education: Grades 5-12 (Indiana)
Southeast Missouri State University HLC $12,720 100% (1 review)
58 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • MA in Elementary Education - Math/Science
Southeastern Oklahoma State University HLC $15,390 Add Review
34 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction - Math
Southern New Hampshire University Online NECHE $11,520 63% (293 reviews)
285 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • BA General Studies
  • BA Mathematics
  • BA Mathematics - Applied Mathematics
Stanford University WASC WSCUC $49,617 Add Review
59 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Data Mining and Applications
  • Graduate Certificate in Data, Models and Optimization
Stephen F. Austin State University SACS COC $17,676 Add Review
53 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Elementary Education 4-8, Middle Level Grades
  • Master of Education - Mathematics Teaching
Stevenson University MSCHE $35,490 Add Review
153 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • BS in Applied Mathematics/MA in Teaching (Bachelor's to Master's Option)
  • BS in Applied Mathematics/MS in Forensic Accounting (Bachelor's to Master's Option)
Tennessee Tech University SACS COC $24,377 Add Review
41 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Math Endorsement
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi SACS COC $18,925 50% (2 reviews)
23 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary Studies - 4-8 Mathematics
Texas A&M University-College Station SACS COC $36,606 67% (3 reviews)
129 Programs, 11 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Accelerate Online Teacher Certificate - Mathematics 7-12
  • Accelerate Online Teacher Certificate - Physics/Mathematics 7-12
  • Certificate in Applied Statistics - Data Mining with SAS
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics
Texas Tech University SACS COC $18,652 0% (2 reviews)
144 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
  • Graduate Certificate in STEM Leadership Communication
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - STEM
Thomas Edison State University MSCHE $9,820 55% (58 reviews)
128 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Associate in Science in Natural Sciences and Mathematics - Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
University at Buffalo MSCHE $27,068 100% (1 review)
25 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • EdM in Math Education
University of Alabama in Huntsville SACS COC $21,480 Add Review
30 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Management Science - Business Analytics
University of Arkansas HLC $24,308 100% (2 reviews)
77 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Secondary Mathematics
University of Central Florida SACS COC $22,467 83% (6 reviews)
102 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Science
University of Colorado Denver HLC $25,259 100% (2 reviews)
101 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Math and Science
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
University of Florida SACS COC $28,659 60% (5 reviews)
239 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Science or Mathematics Teaching
University of Georgia SACS COC $30,392 100% (1 review)
34 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies
University of Houston SACS COC $22,066 50% (2 reviews)
58 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics
University of Idaho NWCCU $23,812 100% (2 reviews)
60 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.A.T. in Mathematics
  • M.S. in Statistical Sciences
University of Illinois at Springfield HLC $20,938 100% (3 reviews)
58 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Sciences
  • Licensure in Teacher Education - Secondary Mathematics
University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign HLC $31,194 Add Review
171 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • NetMath Certificate of Professional Development in Applied Mathematics
University of Iowa HLC $30,609 Add Review
50 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Masters of Arts in Educational Measurement and Statistics (Thesis Option)
University of Kansas HLC $26,592 100% (1 review)
55 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Applied Statistics & Analytics
University of Kentucky SACS COC $28,046 100% (4 reviews)
32 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Applied Statistics
University of Missouri HLC $26,506 Add Review
129 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Educational Specialist in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum - Mathematics Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Specialist
  • Master of Education in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum - Mathematics Education
University of Nebraska at Kearney HLC $13,194 0% (1 review)
97 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Education - Science/Math Education Program - Math
  • Master of Science in Education - Science/Math Education Program 
  • Transitional Certification Program - Mathematics 7-12 Field Endorsement

Online Mathematics Degree Overview & Career Information

At the undergraduate level, math students take courses in a wide variety of math theories and applications, such as statistics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and economic modeling. A bachelor's degree in math can lead to careers in finance, economics, computer engineering and other fields that require a strong quantitative understanding. Master's degree students complete a thesis in a chosen area of mathematics, which may be theoretical or applied; this takes the form of a research project that is overseen by the student's faculty adviser. Master's graduates can land a greater variety of jobs in research and development areas.

Mathematicians generally choose one of two specializations: theoretical or applied math. The choice of a specialization results in a greater focus on either application of mathematics or on the derivation of mathematical theory, but in both areas, mathematicians will need to be well-versed in the past study of theory as well as contemporary mathematical thought.

Many students choose to undertake an internship while completing their bachelor’s degree, to gain experience applying their coursework in a real-world setting. Because many math students expect to move on to higher degrees before seeking full-time employment, internships also help to break up long sequences of study.

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Online Associate Degrees in Mathematics

Associate degree programs in mathematics introduce students to the core concepts in algebra, calculus, trigonometry, statistics, and geometry. Students will also take classes in general education subjects, such as English composition, social sciences, and fine arts. Possible topics for coursework include measurement, functions, real numbers, polynomials, integers, graphs, probability, and equations. Most associate level math programs consist of about 64 credit hours of courses and take about two years of full-time study to complete. Programs accept candidates who are high school graduates or GED certificate holders with an excellent background in mathematics. Students wishing to take an associate degree may choose whether to enroll in an Associate of Art (AA) program, which features a wider range of liberal arts classes, or an Associate of Science (AS) program, which includes more technical courses and may better prepare students to enter the workforce.

Associate degree holders in math may transfer to four-year colleges to earn their bachelor's degrees. Many associate degree holders find employment in bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing. Graduates may also work as payroll clerks, computer technicians, or insurance sales representatives.

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Online Bachelor's Degrees in Mathematics

Online bachelor’s degrees in math help individuals who want to prepare for a role in math education, a math-intensive career or for graduate level math study. Bachelor's degree programs usually consist of about 120 credit hours and full-time students can complete their studies in four years. During the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, students take classes in liberal arts areas, such as social science, natural science, humanities, and fine arts. This curriculum is designed to help all students to develop useful critical thinking and communication skills, as well as improved cultural knowledge. In the final two years of the program, students focus on math topics including calculus, linear and abstract algebra, statistics, differential equations, and discrete and logical mathematics, all taken in sequences of varying length. Many undergraduate math students also complete an internship related to their field of study. Because many bachelor's level math students expect to move on to higher degrees before they seek full-time employment, internships provide the opportunity to apply theoretical coursework in real-world settings.

Some bachelor’s programs offer specialization tracks in relevant quantitative areas, such as actuarial science, industrial mathematics, or systems analysis. Other bachelor’s degrees are designed to prepare math teachers for employment and include courses in curriculum design and instruction. Graduates from these programs are typically qualified to apply for state certification to become primary or secondary mathematics teachers. Postsecondary teaching, however, requires a master's or doctoral degree.

The quantitative and analytical skills of math bachelor’s degree graduates are highly valued in a number of career areas. Possible roles for graduates include actuary, operations research specialist, investment analyst, bioinformatics analyst, and statistician. Many departments within the federal government - such as internal revenue, census procedures, and defense - require a bachelor's degree or the equivalent of 24 semester hours of math coursework for their entry-level positions.

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Online Master's in Mathematics

The master’s program in math gives students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of a particular mathematical area to prepare for a career in math or further study in a doctoral program. The master's degree requires about two years of coursework and either a thesis or a teaching practicum. Applicants need a bachelor's degree in math or another quantitative area to gain admittance to a master's degree program.

The required courses in the math master’s degree program depend on the degree focus. Common specializations include pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and math education. Pure math students take a broad range of advanced courses in areas like calculus, numerical analysis, geometry, and algebra. Applied mathematics programs are interdisciplinary and help students gain the quantitative skills to work in areas like actuarial science, finance, mathematical biology, or operations research. Those specializing in math education complete courses in instruction, and may also complete teaching practicums in the classroom. Students must complete a thesis project in an area of math theory or applied research to be awarded a math master’s degree, although some programs allow students to opt for a comprehensive examination and more coursework instead of the thesis.

Math master’s degree graduates qualify for a variety of careers in many sectors. Those interested in business may become financial analysts, market research analysts, statisticians, actuaries, operations researchers, or software developers. Others may go on to apply their math skills to particular areas of science, such as geoscience and biology. Many graduates also take up positions in the government, where they can use their knowledge of statistics and modeling.

Other online master’s degree programs specialize in math education. Many of these graduate programs also prepare students for state licensure as K-12 level math teachers. The master’s degree curriculum includes upper-level mathematics classes, as well as perspectives on math education. Common coursework topics may discuss classroom management, effective teaching strategies, diversity in the classroom, math instructional technology, and mathematics learning. Education-focused programs also require teaching practica and internships in a real classroom setting so that graduates gain hands-on teaching skills.

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Online Certificates in Mathematics

There are many certification options available to math professionals. These certificates are not required for employment but can prove to be good options for anyone who is interested in networking or seeking advanced employment. The American Mathematical Society is the most popular certifying organization, requiring a series of exams and completion of a degree. There are other organizations that are more specialized, geared toward statisticians, applied mathematicians, engineers, or even women, minorities, or Europeans.

Students specializing in teaching high school math may be able to choose to take courses in numbers and operations or developing mathematical proficiency in algebra. These certificate programs give teachers the credentials they need to teach advanced-level mathematics at high schools or colleges. Students may also be able to transfer the credits earned in their certificate program to a master's degree in mathematics.

Individuals interested in applying for admission to a certificate in mathematics program must hold a bachelor's degree. Applicants need to submit the official transcripts from their prior postsecondary programs and may also need Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for consideration. Some schools set a minimum grade point average or GRE score that applicants must achieve to be accepted into a program. An 18-credit-hour program can be completed in less than one year.

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The Importance of Accreditation

There is no specific accreditation agency governing the field of mathematics, but it is still important for students pursuing online math degrees to research the accreditation status of schools where they are interested in earning their degree or certification. Any institution you consider should have earned this important designation, which indicates that a school has met certain academic standards of quality. The Department of Education maintains a list of recognized regional and national accrediting agencies. Attending an institution that has been accredited by one of these agencies means you’ll be eligible for government financial aid. It will also mean your degree will be recognized by other educational institutions should you choose to transfer credits or continue your education at another institution in the future.

Students interested in preparing to become math teachers in public schools should also ensure that any teacher-preparation program they're considering has earned recognition from the board of education in the state where they hope to teach; this credential is required to earn a teaching license. TEACH.org (previously operated by the US Department of Education) has more information about the path to teaching in K-12 public schools.

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What Students Will Learn in an Online Mathematics Program

The core math curriculum covers several advanced mathematics topics. Calculus, linear algebra, statistics, abstract algebra, and real analysis are commonly required classes. Other courses, such as formal logic or computer algorithms, have strong connections with mathematics and support the study of math theories. Along with the core curriculum, students may take upper-level math courses of their choosing or complete a minor in a related area. Math education students might take courses in geometry for teachers and applied math instruction, while students with a computer science minor would take courses in programming and operating systems.

Courses taken during a bachelor's degree typically include calculus, linear and abstract algebra, statistics, differential equations, and discrete and logical mathematics, all taken in sequences of varying length. Most online master's degree programs in mathematics are geared toward math education. Students can prepare to teach math at the elementary, middle school, or high school level. The master’s degree program contains upper-level mathematics classes, as well as perspectives on math education. Common coursework topics may discuss classroom management, effective teaching strategies, diversity in the classroom, math instructional technology, and mathematics learning. Education-focused programs also require teaching practicums and internships in a real classroom setting so that graduates gain hands-on teaching skills.

Degree programs in math that are not oriented toward education can usually be completed 100 percent online. Students learn new math concepts through online video lectures and tutorials. Email, instant messaging and video conferencing with instructors may also be used to aid student understanding. Programs that are designed to prepare graduates for the classroom will require some on-site work, usually in the form of teaching practicums (mock teaching workshops) and teaching work in a local school. Online programs work to accommodate online students by placing them in schools in their community.

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Career Specializations for Mathematics Graduates

There is a wide variety of careers open to mathematics majors, from engineers to accountants, actuaries to economists.

Individuals who choose careers as mathematicians can focus on applied mathematics or pure mathematics. An applied mathematician collaborates with engineers, chemists, or anyone else who is in need of complex mathematical assistance. These mathematicians must be able to solve real-life, practically applicable math problems. A pure mathematician usually works in academia, creating and contributing to new mathematical disciplines, solving complex theoretical problems, and working with patterns. Pure mathematicians are relatively rare and usually have doctoral degrees that allow them to work as professors.

Additional career options for math majors include:

  • Economics and Finance: Economists and financiers work with money. Economists track global economic trends to make predictions about the future of a nation's trade and commerce. Financiers help develop financial plans and make recommendations to individuals or companies about their financial futures.
  • Statistics: Statisticians conduct surveys and collect statistical information, which they then interpret and apply to practical situations. Statistics professionals work in many different disciplines, ranging from politics to biology, and must be able to think logically and work accurately.
  • Teaching: Students in the United States struggle with the math segments of standardized tests more than they do in any other subject. Qualified teachers with innovative and motivating approaches to math education are always in high demand.
  • Theoretical Mathematics: These mathematicians construct new principles and discover previously unrecognized connections with already existing principles, expanding knowledge and establishing new theoretical foundations in subfields of math.

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