2019 Accredited Online Math Degrees

Quick Facts
Accreditation: Institutional
Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $27,305
Avg Salary: $96,956

Online math degrees are offered at 83 colleges and universities. Browse our comprehensive list to see all 135 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 ( 83)

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Appalachian State University SACS COC $21,331 100% (1 review)
41 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MA in Middle Grades Education - Mathematics
Augustana University - SD HLC $33,000 Add Review
6 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - STEM
Austin Peay State University SACS COC $21,797 50% (2 reviews)
54 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Professional Master of Science in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods - Predictive Analytics
Ball State University HLC $21,834 100% (4 reviews)
125 Programs, 5 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics Education - Elementary and Middle School Specialists
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics Education - Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics Education - Secondary School Teachers
Brandeis University NECHE $48,808 Add Review
12 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Strategic Analytics
Brenau University SACS COC $12,730 Add Review
85 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Education - Math/Science
California State University-Fullerton WASC WSCUC $17,788 100% (2 reviews)
44 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Statistics
California University of Pennsylvania MSCHE $23,434 79% (14 reviews)
105 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education
  • Professional Science Master's: Applied Mathematics
Central Methodist University HLC $6,100 100% (1 review)
35 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
Chaminade University of Honolulu WASC WSCUC $20,640 100% (1 review)
36 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education with Licensure (6th grade to 12th grade)
Colorado State University-Fort Collins HLC $26,430 100% (5 reviews)
78 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Applied Statistics
Colorado State University-Global Campus HLC $9,000 55% (56 reviews)
102 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS - Teaching and Learning, Math Teaching Licensure
Columbia University in the City of New York MSCHE $46,956 Add Review
75 Programs, 4 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Actuarial Science
  • Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Operations Research
  • Master of Science in Operations Research - Methods in Finance
Columbus State University SACS COC $13,822 20% (5 reviews)
47 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MAT Secondary Education - Mathematics
Concordia College - New York MSCHE $17,425 100% (1 review)
11 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.S. in Childhood Education - Math
  • M.S. in Childhood Education - STEAM
Concordia University - Portland NWCCU $20,910 54% (46 reviews)
52 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics
DePaul University HLC $19,689 100% (1 review)
85 Programs, 5 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Data Science
  • MS in Data Science - Computational Methods Concentration
  • MS in Data Science - Health Care Concentration
  • MS in Data Science - Marketing Concentration
Drexel University MSCHE $33,996 60% (5 reviews)
296 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • 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 $20,419 100% (4 reviews)
140 Programs, 3 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • 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 $20,867 Add Review
85 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus MSCHE $23,298 Add Review
35 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Mathematical Foundations
Florida Tech SACS COC $16,128 67% (76 reviews)
96 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS Operations Research
Georgia State University SACS COC $24,646 0% (1 review)
33 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education
Huntington University HLC $11,208 Add Review
27 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Early Adolescent Education - Math
Indiana State University HLC $14,474 88% (8 reviews)
83 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Mathematics
Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education HLC $10,764 29% (7 reviews)
152 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education - Major in Mathematics
Iowa State University HLC $23,790 100% (1 review)
56 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of School Mathematics
Jackson State University SACS COC $18,314 Add Review
23 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science and Mathematics Teaching - Biology
James Madison University SACS COC $30,072 100% (1 review)
9 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Mathematics
Johns Hopkins University MSCHE $54,050 Add Review
361 Programs, 7 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Applied & Computational Mathematics
  • MS in Applied & Computational Mathematics - Applied Analysis
  • MS in Applied & Computational Mathematics - Information Technology and Computation
  • MS in Applied & Computational Mathematics - Operations Research
Kennesaw State University SACS COC $19,547 - $22,275 75% (4 reviews)
95 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Education - Mathematics
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education - Mathematics
Lesley University NECHE $17,700 Add Review
46 Programs, 4 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • 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
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education: Professional Licensure
Lewis University HLC $14,460 Add Review
59 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Data Science - Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • MS in Data Science - Computer Science
Marshall University HLC $19,522 Add Review
37 Programs, 4 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.A. in Education - Elementary Mathematics Specialist
  • M.A. in Education - Math Through Algebra I
  • M.A. in Mathematics
  • M.A. in Mathematics - Statistics
Mercer University SACS COC $14,670 Add Review
42 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Education - (K-5) Mathematics Endorsement
Michigan State University HLC $34,260 100% (3 reviews)
109 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum - Science & Mathematics Education
Michigan Technological University HLC $18,500 100% (1 review)
15 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Applied Science Education - Applied Science and Mathematics
Minnesota State University-Moorhead HLC $19,006 Add Review
43 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
Montana State University NWCCU $18,458 Add Review
29 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.A.T. in Secondary Education - Mathematics
  • M.S. in Mathematics - Mathematics Education (MSMME)
New England College NECHE $13,080 38% (8 reviews)
85 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education - Literacy: Math
North Carolina State University SACS COC $26,502 67% (3 reviews)
91 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Statistics
Northern Arizona University HLC $18,619 72% (18 reviews)
159 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Mathematics Education
Northwestern University HLC $52,679 0% (2 reviews)
53 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Predictive Analytics
Nova Southeastern University SACS COC $20,419 71% (7 reviews)
225 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Education - Mathematics Education
  • MS in Education - Mathematics Education
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus MSCHE $20,974 67% (3 reviews)
210 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Applied Statistics
Purdue University - Main Campus HLC $28,794 75% (4 reviews)
68 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
Quinnipiac University NECHE $18,900 33% (3 reviews)
38 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Teacher Leadership - Mathematics Leadership
Regent University Online SACS COC $13,326 54% (13 reviews)
519 Programs, 3 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Leadership in Mathematics Education
  • M.Ed. – Curriculum & Instruction – STEM Education
  • M.Ed. – Leadership in Mathematics Education
Rochester Institute of Technology MSCHE $43,840 Add Review
50 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Applied Statistics
Southeast Missouri State University HLC $12,906 100% (1 review)
58 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MA in Elementary Education - Math/Science
Southeastern Oklahoma State University HLC $11,178 Add Review
34 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction - Math
Stephen F. Austin State University SACS COC $13,897 Add Review
53 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education - Mathematics Teaching
Stevenson University MSCHE $8,040 Add Review
153 Programs, 2 Master's 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)
Texas A&M University-College Station SACS COC $19,585 67% (3 reviews)
129 Programs, 5 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.S. in Statistics: Applied Emphasis
  • M.S. in Statistics: Biostatistics Emphasis
  • Master of Science in Analytics
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
Texas Tech University SACS COC $15,193 0% (2 reviews)
144 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - STEM
University at Buffalo MSCHE $24,724 100% (1 review)
25 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • EdM in Math Education
University of Alabama in Huntsville SACS COC $23,242 Add Review
30 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Management Science - Business Analytics
University of Arkansas HLC $20,792 100% (2 reviews)
77 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Secondary Mathematics
University of Colorado Denver HLC $23,499 100% (2 reviews)
101 Programs, 2 Master's 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 Houston SACS COC $18,316 50% (2 reviews)
58 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics
University of Idaho NWCCU $25,188 100% (2 reviews)
60 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.A.T. in Mathematics
  • M.S. in Statistical Sciences
University of Iowa HLC $29,696 Add Review
50 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Masters of Arts in Educational Measurement and Statistics (Thesis Option)
University of Kansas HLC $23,718 100% (1 review)
55 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Applied Statistics & Analytics
University of Kentucky SACS COC $30,224 100% (4 reviews)
32 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Applied Statistics
University of Missouri HLC $24,847 Add Review
129 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum - Mathematics Education
University of Nebraska at Kearney HLC $13,823 0% (1 review)
97 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Education - Science/Math Education Program - Math
  • Master of Science in Education - Science/Math Education Program 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln HLC $24,278 Add Review
82 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Mathematics
University of New Haven NECHE $16,240 Add Review
7 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Investigations
  • Master of Science in Investigations - Financial Crimes Investigations
University of North Carolina at Greensboro SACS COC $21,765 100% (2 reviews)
35 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Teacher Education - Elementary Mathematics Education
University of North Georgia SACS COC $18,040 Add Review
24 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Math and Science
University of Northern Colorado HLC $21,402 Add Review
67 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics - Teaching
University of Northern Iowa HLC $20,667 Add Review
43 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MA in Mathematics for Middle Grades (4-8)
  • MA in Mathematics: Secondary Teaching
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus MSCHE $37,830 50% (2 reviews)
30 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education
University of Southern California WASC WSCUC $44,013 64% (11 reviews)
119 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Mathematics
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville SACS COC $31,502 100% (1 review)
52 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Mathematics
The University of Texas at Arlington SACS COC $18,878 55% (11 reviews)
75 Programs, 2 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathmatics Education
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
University of Washington - Seattle NWCCU $28,320 100% (2 reviews)
71 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
The University of West Florida SACS COC $24,894 100% (4 reviews)
95 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Mathematics
Walden University HLC Not Provided 49% (483 reviews)
635 Programs, 3 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MS in Education - Mathematics (Grades 5-8)
  • MS in Education - Mathematics (Grades K-6)
  • MS in Education - Mathematics and Science (Grades K-8)
Western Governors University NWCCU $6,790 72% (608 reviews)
65 Programs, 3 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • M.A. Mathematics Education (K-6)
  • M.A. Mathematics Education (Middle Grades)
  • M.A. Mathematics Education (Secondary)
Western Kentucky University SACS COC $16,260 0% (1 review)
140 Programs, 4 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education in Middle Grades Education - Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leadership - Elementary Education with Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leadership - Secondary Education: Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics
Wilkes University MSCHE $25,056 Add Review
50 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • Master of Science in Middle Level Education - Mathematics
William Woods University HLC $8,500 Add Review
13 Programs, 1 Master's in Mathematics (view all)
  • MEd in STEM

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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