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Mathematics

 

30 credits | Master of Arts | Full or Part time | On Campus I Day and Evening Classes

Graduates of the MA degree in mathematics  are presented with a variety of career opportunities in industry, finance, teaching, research and  academia. In our program, students gain a solid foundation in advanced mathematics, and develop skills in mathematical modeling, numerical applications, and data analysis in order to succeed in a variety of professions.   The master’s program also provides an excellent foundation for our PhD program, described below. 

Highlights

  • Work with research-active faculty or an industry mentor on real-world problems.
  • Capitalize on the New York City location with workshops, seminars, internships, and networking.
  • Apply the mathematical skills in industries such as finance, technology, biomedicine, and data analysis.
  • MA graduates pursue advanced degrees or work for major companies, such as:
    • Yael Eisenberg, PhD Mathematics - Cornell
    • Marjorie Liebling, PhD Computational Biology - Weill Cornell
    • Yitzchak Shamlo, PhD Mathematics - Penn State 
    • Miriam Herman, PwC
    • Etai Shuchatowitz, Capital One
    • Isaac Shulman, Goldman Sachs
    • Anita Levy, Milliman
    • Ariella Marmelestein, Fresenius Medical Care 
    • Mazal-tov Amsellem, Bank Leumi
  • Samples of master's theses: 
    • Xiaoyan Yu, "The Prediction of Financial Time Series - A Method Based on Support Vector Machine" 
    • Rongkuan Wang, "The Crash and Improved LPPL Model in Chinese Stock Market"
    • Isaac Shulman, "Correlation and Volatility: 1 Risk Factor Disguised as 2 Independent Signals"
    • Diana Yakobov, "Using Geometric Brownian Motion to Predict Stock Prices"
    • Menachem Rose, "Environmental Change, An Application of Time Series Methodology to Climate Phenomena"
    • Marjorie Leibling, "Topological Approaches to Understanding Genetic Networks"
    • Yael Eisenberg, "Restricted Planar Three-Body Problem, Convexity, and Global Surface of Section" 
    • Casey Henderson, "The parameter space of Topological Data Analysis"
    • Yitzchak Shmalo, "Combinatorial Approach to Detection of Fixed Points, Periodic Orbits, and Symbolic Dynamics"

Gain industry experience in major companies, startups, and YU’s Innovation Lab through internships that count towards your degree. Read more on the curriculum page or speak with an advisor.

Yeshiva University's master’s in Mathematics is a STEM-approved degree. International students may be eligible for up to 36 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT). The program also offers several opportunities for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

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 contact Dr. Marian Gidea.

Students graduating from our PhD program are prepared to pursue mathematics at the highest levels, such as a research mathematician, a university professor or an applied mathematician in industry or government positions.

Successful incoming students to the PhD program have mathematical skills at the masters level, which is often demonstrated by a masters degree and a strong masters thesis. Exceptional students may be admitted to the program without a masters degree and can earn an MA degree in mathematics along the way while pursuing their PhD studies.

In the first year, students take required courses and are expected to pass an advanced qualifying examination in real analysis, complex analysis and a third field chosen by the student in the intended area of research. After passing the qualifying exams, students can choose elective or reading courses in specialized topics and start to work on the research thesis with the guidance of a faculty adviser. Upon completion and successful defense of the thesis, the PhD degree is awarded.

Our PhD program follows an apprenticeship model, in which students work on a research project across multiple semesters under the close guidance of a mentor. Being a small PhD program, maximal attention is payed to all our students.

Yeshiva University has an exceptional tradition and legacy in mathematical physics, and an impressive track record of training research mathematicians. Famous alumni include: Hillel Furstenberg (Abel Prize in Mathematics 2020), Benjamin WeissMichael Aizenman, and Charles Peskin.

A lot of present research topics are still organized around mathematical physics, such as dynamical systems, celestial mechanics, statistical mechanics, classical and quantum mechanics, geometric analysis, partial differential equations, complex systems, computational mathematics and physics, and materials science. More details on faculty research interests can be found here.

Besides the exceptional opportunities of becoming a pure mathematician at Yeshiva University, an increasing number of PhD graduates decide to start a career outside of academia, such as in business, industry or government. We leverage our excellent location in midtown and uptown Manhattan to the fullest to provide our students the opportunity to take an internship position, build connections and land a competitive job as a highly skilled mathematician outside academia. 

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  • Top-notch research and industry faculty.
  • Career support and professional networking opportunities.
  • Small classes where you’ll get to know everyone by name.
  • Opportunities to gain industry experience through internships and fieldwork.