2019 Accredited Online Math Degrees

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Accreditation: Institutional
Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $24,605
Avg Salary: $97,114

Online math degrees are offered at 110 colleges and universities. Browse our comprehensive list to see all 242 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 ( 110)

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American Public University System HLC $6,880 71% (146 reviews)
462 Programs, 4 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
Angelo State University SACS COC $17,161 100% (1 review)
44 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction - Professional Education (Mathematics)
Appalachian State University SACS COC $22,109 100% (4 reviews)
47 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Middle Grades Education - Mathematics
Arizona State University HLC $15,691 - $27,372 71% (88 reviews)
223 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Undergrad Certificate in Mathematical Concepts of Engineering
Augustana University - SD HLC $31,960 Add Review
9 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - STEM
Baker College Online HLC $9,360 60% (88 reviews)
71 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Elementary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement
  • Secondary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement
Ball State University HLC $25,942 100% (4 reviews)
160 Programs, 7 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Foundational Mathematics Teaching in the Community College
  • Graduate Certificate in Middle School Mathematics Education
  • Master of Arts in Foundational Mathematics Teaching in the Community College
Barry University SACS COC $29,850 Add Review
18 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics
Bellevue University HLC $7,752 69% (58 reviews)
189 Programs, 5 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics - Business Analytics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics - Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics - Predictive Modeling
Boston University NECHE $52,082 100% (2 reviews)
87 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Teaching - Math Education
Brenau University SACS COC $28,510 Add Review
92 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Middle Grades Education (Math/Science)
  • Master of Education - Middle Grades Education (Math/Science)
  • Math K-5 Endorsement
California State University-Fullerton WASC WSCUC $18,730 100% (2 reviews)
38 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Education in Secondary Education - Teaching Foundational Mathematics (Non-Thesis Option)
  • MS in Statistics
California University of Pennsylvania MSCHE $15,326 80% (15 reviews)
108 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Certificate in STEM Education K-12
  • Master of Education in Teacher Education: Integrative STEM Education K-12
  • Professional Science Master in Applied Mathematics
Capella University HLC $14,250 65% (582 reviews)
327 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • BS - Data Analytics (ABET-accredited)
Central Methodist University HLC $5,760 - $23,770 100% (1 review)
53 Programs, 6 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Associate of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Middle School Education - Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in in Education - Secondary Education - Mathematics
Central Michigan University HLC $23,670 67% (3 reviews)
85 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics (Thesis Option)
City University of Seattle NWCCU $16,920 54% (28 reviews)
67 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Endorsement in Mathematics
  • Endorsement in Middle Level Math
Colorado State University Global Campus HLC $9,000 55% (60 reviews)
219 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS - Teaching and Learning - Math K-12 Educators
Colorado State University-Fort Collins HLC $28,903 100% (5 reviews)
81 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Theory and Applications of Regression Models
Columbia University in the City of New York MSCHE $57,208 Add Review
87 Programs, 5 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Certificate in Applied Mathematics
  • Certificate of Professional Achievement in Actuarial Science
  • Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Operations Research
Columbus State University SACS COC $16,920 20% (5 reviews)
55 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Endorsement in K-5 Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education - Mathematics
Concordia University - Portland NWCCU $30,270 55% (49 reviews)
56 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics
DePaul University HLC $39,010 100% (1 review)
70 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Data Science - Computational Methods Concentration
Drexel University MSCHE $52,002 60% (5 reviews)
320 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • 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
  • Post-Bachelor's Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education - Mathematics
East Carolina University SACS COC $23,420 100% (4 reviews)
120 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Mathematics Education
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus HLC $11,788 100% (3 reviews)
71 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics
Emporia State University HLC $19,918 Add Review
65 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Certificate in Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus MSCHE $39,446 Add Review
45 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Mathematical Foundations
Florida Tech SACS COC $16,128 67% (76 reviews)
93 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Operations Research
Georgia State University SACS COC $23,971 0% (1 review)
62 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Associate of Science - Mathematics Pathway
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education
Grand Canyon University HLC $17,050 52% (416 reviews)
220 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • BS in Math for Secondary Education
Immaculata University MSCHE $27,350 Add Review
24 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Endorsement in Mathematics Coaching
Indiana State University HLC $19,452 88% (8 reviews)
79 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
Indiana University - East HLC $19,038 Add Review
31 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Mathematics - Mathematics
  • Bachelor of General Studies in Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education HLC $25,980 29% (7 reviews)
143 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • A.S. Integrative Studies - Mathematics
  • B.S. in Integrative Studies - Mathematics
  • Graduate Teaching Certificate - Mathematics
  • Master of Education - Major in Mathematics
Jackson State University SACS COC $18,314 Add Review
26 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science and Mathematics in Teaching - Biology
James Madison University SACS COC $27,230 100% (1 review)
13 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Mathematics
Johns Hopkins University MSCHE $52,170 Add Review
323 Programs, 11 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate inMathematics Instructional Leader (PreK–6)
  • Masters in Engineering Management - Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • MS in Applied & Computational Mathematics
  • MS in Applied & Computational Mathematics - Applied Analysis
Kennesaw State University SACS COC $8,066 - $17,329 75% (4 reviews)
97 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Education - Mathematics
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education - Mathematics
Lesley University NECHE $26,675 Add Review
53 Programs, 8 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructions - Elementary Education Generalist (1-6): Mathematics
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology - Non-Licensure: Mathematics in Education
  • Master of Education in Individually Designed Program for Educators - Mathematics Education
Lewis University HLC $31,250 0% (1 review)
63 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% (247 reviews)
562 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • AS: STEM Mathematics
Marshall University HLC $17,856 Add Review
41 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Elementary Math Specialist
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Through Algebra I
  • Master of Arts in Education - Elementary Mathematics Specialist
  • Master of Arts in Education - Math Through Algebra I
Maryville University HLC $28,470 7% (14 reviews)
116 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • BS in Mathematics
Mercer University SACS COC $36,000 Add Review
51 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Educational Specialist in Early Childhood Education - Math in ECE Endorsement
Minnesota State University-Moorhead HLC $15,878 Add Review
49 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
Montana State University NWCCU $24,071 Add Review
24 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.A.T. in Secondary Education - Mathematics
New England College NECHE $36,954 38% (8 reviews)
89 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education - Literacy: Math
New Jersey Institute of Technology MSCHE $31,918 Add Review
86 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Science - Mathematics
Nicholls State University SACS COC $8,979 Add Review
21 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Community/Technical College Mathematics
North Carolina Central University SACS COC $19,106 Add Review
36 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Mathematics - Computational and Engineering Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Mathematics - Data Science
North Carolina State University SACS COC $27,406 67% (3 reviews)
110 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics and Data Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Teaching and Learning
  • Master of Statistics
Northcentral University WASC WSCUC $17,526 49% (214 reviews)
266 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
Nova Southeastern University SACS COC $29,930 71% (7 reviews)
202 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Ed.S. in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Science in Education - Mathematics Education
  • Masters of Science in Education - Secondary Mathematics Education
  • MS in Education - Mathematics Education
Old Dominion University SACS COC $27,900 80% (10 reviews)
153 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Education in Mathematics Specialist - Elementary Education
  • Mathematics Specialist (PreK-8) Endorsement
Ottawa University Online HLC $11,815 100% (4 reviews)
103 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics - Actuarial Science
Post University Online NECHE Not Provided 36% (89 reviews)
125 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)
81 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)
39 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Teacher Leadership - Mathematics Leadership
Regent University Online SACS COC $17,288 50% (14 reviews)
459 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
  • M.Ed. in Leadership in Mathematics Education
Rider University MSCHE $41,310 Add Review
32 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Endeavor STEM Professional Development Certificate
  • Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership with the embedded STEM Professional Development Certificate
Rochester Institute of Technology MSCHE $40,068 Add Review
40 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Advance Certificate in Applied Statistics
Saint Leo University Online SACS COC $22,220 68% (83 reviews)
137 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • B.A. in Mathematics
  • B.A. in Mathematics - Education Minor
Sam Houston State University SACS COC $18,022 100% (2 reviews)
65 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics
Southeastern Oklahoma State University HLC $15,390 Add Review
40 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction - Math
Southern New Hampshire University Online NECHE $11,520 61% (324 reviews)
281 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • BA General Studies
  • BA Mathematics
  • BA Mathematics - Applied Mathematics
St. Catherine University HLC $38,170 0% (3 reviews)
27 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Stanford University WASC WSCUC $49,617 Add Review
55 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Data Mining and Applications
  • Graduate Certificate in Data, Models and Optimization
Stevenson University MSCHE $35,490 Add Review
110 Programs, 5 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)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary STEM Teaching & Learning
Texas A&M University-College Station SACS COC $36,606 67% (3 reviews)
118 Programs, 8 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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Texas Tech University SACS COC $18,652 0% (2 reviews)
117 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
Thomas Edison State University MSCHE $9,820 58% (62 reviews)
134 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)
26 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • EdM in Math Education
University of Arkansas HLC $24,308 100% (2 reviews)
78 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Secondary Mathematics
University of Central Florida SACS COC $22,467 88% (8 reviews)
124 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Mathematical Science, Graduate Certificate
University of Colorado Denver HLC $25,259 100% (2 reviews)
104 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)
269 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • EdS in Curriculum and Instruction - Teacher Leadership for School Improvement: Mathematics Education (Secondary Focus)
  • Graduate Certificate in Science or Mathematics Teaching
University of Georgia SACS COC $30,392 100% (1 review)
36 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies
University of Houston SACS COC $22,066 50% (2 reviews)
54 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
University of Idaho NWCCU $23,812 100% (2 reviews)
58 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% (7 reviews)
55 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
129 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • NetMath Undergraduate Certificate of Professional Development in Applied Mathematics
University of Iowa HLC $30,609 Add Review
63 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Educational Measurement and Statistics (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in STEM Education
University of Maryland Global Campus MSCHE $12,336 59% (192 reviews)
111 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies - Mathematics
University of Missouri HLC $26,506 Add Review
123 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)
147 Programs, 5 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Endorsement in Special Education Generalist 7-12 - Math
  • Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction: STEM
  • Master of Science in Education - Science/Math Education Program
  • Master of Science in Education - Science/Math Education Program - Integrated Option: Math
University of Nebraska-Lincoln HLC $24,098 Add Review
72 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Mathematics
University of New Haven NECHE $38,170 Add Review
17 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Investigations
  • Master of Science in Investigations - Financial Crimes Investigations
University of North Alabama SACS COC $15,128 Add Review
79 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Mathematics - Individualized STEM Specialization
  • Master of Science in Mathematics - Math for the Teacher
  • Master of Science in Mathematics - Pure and Applied Mathematics
University of North Carolina at Charlotte SACS COC $20,266 40% (5 reviews)
56 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Elementary School Mathematics
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education - Elementary Mathematics
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education - STEM Education
University of North Carolina at Greensboro SACS COC $22,409 100% (3 reviews)
52 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Teacher Education - Elementary Mathematics Education
University of North Georgia SACS COC $12,834 Add Review
32 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Math and Science
University of Northern Colorado HLC $21,132 Add Review
61 Programs, 2 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics - Teaching
University of Northern Iowa HLC $19,241 Add Review
32 Programs, 3 in Mathematics (view all)
  • MA in Mathematics - Community College Teaching
  • MA in Mathematics - Elementary and Middle Grades (K-8
  • MA in Mathematics - Secondary Teaching
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus MSCHE $30,642 50% (2 reviews)
29 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education
University of South Carolina-Columbia SACS COC $31,962 Add Review
71 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - STEM Education
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville SACS COC $31,390 100% (1 review)
53 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Mathematics
The University of Texas at Arlington SACS COC $25,152 58% (12 reviews)
52 Programs, 1 in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathmatics Education
University of the Cumberlands SACS COC $23,000 100% (4 reviews)
174 Programs, 4 in Mathematics (view all)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership - Mathematics
  • Executive Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership - Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader: Math

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 Doctoral Degrees in Mathematics

The mathematics doctorate, or Ph.D., allows students to study a wider range of advanced math topics and to undertake a research project in a specialized area of mathematics. These programs can take about five years to complete and require 15 to 25 courses, as well as the completion of a dissertation and a comprehensive exam. Applicants need an accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree in mathematics or a closely related quantitative area to quality for acceptance into Ph.D. programs. The math doctorate curriculum typically includes a few core classes, as well as many courses in the student’s area of specialization. Core classes might discuss topics such as numerical analysis, abstract algebra, or topology. Along with these courses, students choose elective courses in their focus area and complete seminars on carrying out new math research.

While coursework is a key part of the degree, math students must also develop a dissertation project as a prerequisite to graduation. This project might look into an unanswered question in mathematical biology, math education, algebra, combinatorics, statistics, or another subspecialization area, depending on the student’s interests. The student's faculty adviser helps shape and direct the research. A successful defense of the dissertation is one of the main requirements for being awarded the PhD.

Graduates of a math doctorate are qualified to become practicing mathematicians with private engineering and development firms, working alongside other scientists. Many federal government positions are open to math doctorate grads. PhD holders may also apply for faculty positions at colleges and universities to teach mathematics and conduct research. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, math PhD graduates with a strong understanding of a related industry area, such as computer science or operations research, are likely to have the best job prospects.

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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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