MA in Mathematics

30 credits | Master of Arts | Full-time | On campus

Every company needs employees with expert mathematical skills to inform business decisions. The master's in Mathematics at the YU Katz School focuses on developing your skills in modeling, algorithms, and numerical applications to help you succeed in a variety of industries. In our program, you will use predictive scientific simulations to solve real-world problems.

We start with core mathematical sciences, including probability theory and mathematical statistics, and then continue onto specialized topics, such as nonlinear partial differential equations, geometric analysis, mathematical physics, K-theory and C*-algebras, dynamical systems, network science, computational topology, and data science.

Our Mathematics master's follows an apprenticeship model. Students will choose a research project and a develop it across multiple semesters under the guidance of a faculty member or industry mentor. Recent research projects have included applications to systems biology, complex networks, topological insulators, and astrodynamics.

The master's in Mathematics is STEM-accredited, making graduates eligible for extended Optional Practical Training to live and work in the United States for up to 36 months after graduation.

Build Models to Drive Business Success

  • Work with research-active faculty or an industry mentor on real-world simulations.
  • Capitalize on our New York City location with workshops, seminars, internships, and networking.
  • Apply your mathematical skills in industries such as finance, technology, pharmaceuticals, bioscience, marketing, energy, insurance, research, or policy.
  • Earn your degree at a top 100 university according to U.S. News and World Report.

Featured Courses

Built into the curriculum is the ability for students to customize their ten courses to focus on specific areas to build successful careers in math. Students may also pursue the Financial Mathematics specialization, which combines mathematical knowledge with emerging applications, including financial time series, pricing of derivatives, portfolio theory, risk management, and econometrics.

  • Data Science
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Probability Theory

Who Should Apply?

Our program is ideal for motivated individuals seeking a rigorous, yet flexible master's degree in mathematics. The MA will prepare you for a doctoral program or a career in industries such as technology, healthcare, economics, or finance.

BA/MA Option

Note that YU undergraduate students may be eligible to earn credit towards the MA in Mathematics under the dual degree BA/MA option. For more information, please email Dr. Morton Lowengrub or Dr. Marian Gidea.

Careers

  • Actuary
  • Data analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Statistician

Our graduates are prepared to apply to doctoral programs and have been employed by companies including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young Actuarial Group, Deloitte & Touche, Travelers Insurance, TIAA-CREF, and many others.

PhD in Mathematical Sciences

We also offer a doctoral program in math. The program emphasizes individual study in one or more areas of research pursued by department faculty, including fluid dynamics and shock waves; geometric analysis; optimization; complexity theory; partial differential equations of elliptic, hyperbolic and mixed type; the theory of risk; mathematical, theoretical and computational physics; universal algebras; operator theory; and the theory of plasma waves.

Applicants without master's degrees can be admitted to the direct doctorate in math and earn an MA in Mathematics along the way to the PhD. Those applicants must meet admissions requirements for both the MA and PhD programs.

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For questions and admissions requirements, contact the Office of Enrollment at 1-833-241-4723 or gradschool@yu.edu