Continuing your education by earning a graduate degree in Mathematics can yield a number of benefits and career opportunities. The domain of online MSc degrees has really grown in recent years, facilitating access to education for working professionals or for those who cannot travel to the university from which they’re looking to obtain their degree.

Therefore, below are the top options for an online Master’s program in Mathematics. Please note that this is an overall list and you will need to identify the specific area within Mathematics that you would like to learn more about.

Top Online Mathematics Master’s Programs

1. Johns Hopkins University

Without a doubt, John Hopkins University is one of the most reputed American universities, established in 1876 and famous for its contributions to science and technology programs through undergraduate and graduate diplomas.

The Engineering School for Professionals offers an MS in Applied and Computational Mathematics which is completely online over 30 credit hours. You can concentrate on five focus areas: applied analysis, information technology and computation, operations research, probability and statistics, and simulation and modeling.

To apply for this online Master’s in math program, you will need to follow the admissions requirements on their website. The cost is $4,400 per 3-credit course so the full Master’s program will cost $44,000.

2. Penn State University

This program is delivered by the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University. You can obtain a degree in two to five years, depending on how you choose to complete the 30 credit hours required.

During the program, you can expect to gain knowledge in a wide range of statistical application areas as well as employable skills which will put you in good stead for advancing your career.  The topics cover data mining, predictive analytics, biostatistics techniques, and statistical consulting.

Applications need to include GRE test scores, previous study transcripts, proof of English proficiency, and three references. Please refer to the website for more details.

If you take fewer than 12 credits per semester, the costs are $924 per credit. Alternatively, if you accelerate your studying to take more than 12 credits per semester, you will pay $11,093 per credit.

3. University of Washington

This online Master’s in math program is interdisciplinary and comprises courses such as “Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos” and “Vector Calculus & Complex Variables”.

The University of Washington offers the opportunity to complete the whole program in one year if studying full-time, or between three to six years if studying part-time. There is a wealth of online resources available to enrolled students as well as one-to-one support. This degree program is one of the first online mathematics study programs of its kind.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis every quarter, with start dates in autumn, winter, or spring. You should have studied a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or science/engineering, and have knowledge of a number of fields before applying (differential equations, linear algebra, etc.).

There is a minimum number of 36 credits required to complete the program, at a cost of $1,020 per credit i.e. $36,720 total cost.

4. Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The oldest institution of higher education in New York State, Columbia University’s program in Applied Mathematics is ranked first in a number of online polls. The degree is offered through the Columbia Video Network – a distance education system that has been running since 1986 to allow students from all over the world to study at the same level as on-campus while continuing their careers. There is a core curriculum and then you can choose a number of electives across several fields or focus on the areas of computer science, industrial engineering/operations research, or mechanical engineering.

To apply and find out more, you should visit the website for detailed requirements.

The cost is quite high at $2,104 per credit hour (with a minimum of 30 hours required for graduating) and a number of associated fees which you can consult online.

5. University of York

The University of York in the UK offers a program to build the skills you need to work in the financial sector and adapt to new developments within the field.

Taught entirely online, this online Master’s in math program can take between 18 and 36 months, depending on your time commitments, with two starting dates every year (September and February). It is based on the campus-taught equivalent program and offers the opportunity to still work closely with the faculty members and have one-to-one online tutorials and supervisory sessions.

The program costs £6,030 per stage and it is made up of 3 stages (Certificate, Diploma, and Master), regardless of whether you complete it in 18 months or 3 years.

6. The Open University UK

  • Degree/s Offered: MSc. In Mathematics

This is a 2-year program allowing you to deepen your knowledge of pure and applied mathematics through a choice of modules in areas such as fractal geometry, coding theory, and calculus of variations.

This program suits not just mathematicians but also engineers or scientists, depending on their particular areas of interest. You will need 2 years to obtain the degree and it is completely taught online, starting every October. The full program cost is £9,720.

7. Colorado State University

Colorado State University offers a 100% online program with 11 different focus areas, amongst which are algebra, geometry, and mathematics education.

You need to have a GRE General or Mathematics Subject test score to apply, as well as transcripts from previous education and three letters of recommendation. Throughout the year, there are two start dates and, therefore two admissions deadlines which you can consult on the website.

For this online Master’s in math program, tuition fees vary depending on whether you are a Colorado state resident or not and on the number of credits you have to take (typically 30 of the Mathematics program). Each credit is c. $1,600 but check the tuition fee information under the Financial Aid section of the website for more details.


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