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As the technical sophistication of most professions increases, there is growing need for individuals capable of “speaking the language” of mathematics. Mathematicians increasingly are sought to probe and expand mathematical theory, as engineering and empirical science delve deeper into nature. Individuals also are needed to teach the math skills that have expanded into virtually every field. MTSU’s Master of Science in Mathematics gets students involved in both the understanding and creation of advanced mathematics through quality instruction, opportunities for research, and close faculty-student interaction. A General Mathematics concentration is aimed at students desiring a broad background in mathematics. The Industrial Mathematics concentration is designed for students interested in positions in industry or further graduate work in applied mathematics. A Research Preparation concentration, which requires a thesis, is intended for students wishing to pursue the Ph.D. in Mathematics.

Students may choose from three concentrations for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Mathematics: General Mathematics, Industrial Mathematics, or Research Preparat
A majority of M.S. in Mathematics graduates go on to pursue their doctoral degrees at a number of universities. Several students have also entered Ph.D. programs at MTSU in either the Computational Sciences or the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. programs.

General Mathematics concentration students usually work in fields which require the specialized thinking skills that mathematicians develop but which do not necessarily require a highly specialized mathematics background.

Research Preparation curriculum gives students a strong background in what is called pure mathematics for a career in academics and mathematical research.

Industrial Mathematics students focus on applied mathematics to work in fields which make heavy use of mathematical modeling. Mathematicians work with programmers to develop highly specialized software tools for engineering and medical applications. Mathematicians help develop or enhance sophisticated models for understanding weather, chemical, biological, or economic processes; and mathematicians create entirely new mathematical tools to probe frontiers in physics, structural design, and other pursuits.





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