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Mathematics

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

In the M.A. degree in mathematics program, based in New York City, 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. A master's degree in mathematics opens many doors to jobs in finance, technology, biomedicine and data analysis, among others. The master’s program also provides an excellent foundation for our Ph.D. program, described below. 

Jobs in math occupations are expected to grow 27% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, and will add about 56,100 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This growth is based on the expectation that businesses and government agencies will continue emphasizing the use of big data. Math salaries were on average $90,410 in 2019. Generous scholarships and financial aid are available for a limited time. Come to New York City to study and network with the best.

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:
    • Rujie Gu, PhD Mathematics - University of California at Irvine
    • 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 in the financial capital capital of the world -- New York -- that count toward 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 undergraduates can take up to 12 graduate credits that count towards both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After completing the bachelor’s, students can finish the MA in Mathematics in just one more year.  

  • Admissions criteria: Junior standing in any undergraduate major with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a minimum grade of B+ in the prerequisite courses listed below. Students can begin taking graduate courses in their junior or senior year. 
     
  • Prerequisites for graduate coursework: Calculus I,II; Multivariable Calculus; and Linear Algebra – all with a minimum grade of B+. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Marian Gidea.

Our Ph.D. program, based in New York City, 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 Ph.D. program, maximum attention is paid to all our students. Successful incoming students to the Ph.D. program have mathematical skills at the master's level, which is often demonstrated by a master's degree and a strong master's thesis. Exceptional students may be admitted to the program without a master's degree and can earn an M.A. degree in mathematics while pursuing their Ph.D. studies.

In the first year of the Ph.D. program, 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 electives 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 Ph.D. degree is awarded.

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 Ph.D. graduates decide to start a career outside in business, industry or government. We leverage our excellent location in midtown and uptown Manhattan to the fullest in order 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. 

Students graduating from our Ph.D. program are prepared to pursue mathematics at the highest levels -- as a research mathematician, a university professor or an applied mathematician in industry or government positions. A Ph.D. in mathematics is the first step to a job in materials science, dynamical systems, complex systems, and more.

The median salaries for the following jobs ideal for those with a Ph.D. in 2019 are, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: actuary, $108,350; postsecondary education administrator, $95,410; mathematician and statistician, $92,030; operations research analyst, $84,810; and postsecondary mathematics and science teacher, $73,690. Generous scholarships and financial aid are available for a limited time. Come to NYC to study and network with the best. Apply now!

  • 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.