Because student needs and interests vary, there is flexibility in the Mathematics master's degree program at Illinois State University. In addition to allowing students to get a strong general background in mathematics, our program allows students to concentrate in:
- secondary mathematics education
- preparation for teaching at a community college level
- preparation for continuing on to a Ph.D. program in mathematics or mathematics education, or computational or applied mathematics
A master's degree requires either 32 credit hours without a thesis, or 30 credit hours with a thesis.
In addition to offering our traditional master's degree program in mathematics, we also provide options for an online/hybrid master’s degree in mathematics program that is offered synchronously in the evenings and summer to accommodate teachers’ schedules.
A sample plan of study for the online/hybrid master’s degree in mathematics is available on the Department of Math website.
Please see the Graduate Catalog for additional requirements and information.
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University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a master's program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
- have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
- present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
You’ll need a minimum of the following mathematics courses:
- three semesters of Calculus
- one semester of Linear Algebra
- four quantitative courses about the Calculus/Linear Algebra level (such as advanced mathematics, finance, statistics, economics, etc.)
If your transcripts do not clearly show you have this background, please explain in your statement of purpose.
Upload your resume or C.V. in the application system.
Statement of Purpose
The system will ask you to upload a statement of purpose. Include the following information:
- Your interest in pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics from Illinois State
- How your academic and professional goals align
- What you hope to achieve as a graduate student in mathematics
If your background is not in mathematics, please explain in your statement.
Letters of Recommendation
Submit the name and email address for a letter of recommendation. If you’re applying for a graduate assistantship and/or partial tuition waiver, you’ll need two letters of recommendation.
Letters will be uploaded by the individuals writing them.
Letters should address your academic ability and your ability to communicate mathematics.
- Applicants must submit official GRE scores if GPA is below a 3.2 cumulative. Use institutional code 1319 to submit your GRE scores to Illinois State.
- Applicants who have a GPA of 3.6 cumulative or above will automatically receive a waiver of the GRE requirement.
- For applicants with a GPA between 3.2 and 3.6, a GRE waiver petition must be submitted to demonstrate academic excellence. The petition should include unofficial transcripts and a resume that provides evidence such as major GPA, peer-reviewed publications, grants, awards, and other relevant achievements that show potential success in the program.
- Fall (August) Term — March 1 for financial consideration (graduate assistantships, tuition waivers)
- Fall (August) Term — July 15
- Spring (January) Term — October 1
- Summer (May/June) Term — April 1 (funding is unavailable)
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
- be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
- be in good-standing
- be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.