Analytical and quantitative skills are needed by a range of employers, and this need continues to grow. They know that critical thinking is an essential ingredient to their business success. Improve your value to employers by deepening your mathematics knowledge and leadership acumen. Another path you can choose is to solidify your background and prepare for a PhD program.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences offers two graduate programs in mathematics. One is for those who want to develop their skills in the areas of traditional applied mathematics, operations research, and statistics. The second is for those who are currently teaching and want to increase their rank on the pay scale and responsibility in elementary and secondary schools.
This program is perfect if you’re interested in a career in industry, government, or education. It’s also a great fit if you’re a secondary mathematics or science teacher wanting to gain a deeper understanding of how mathematics and statistics are used to solve applied problems.
In order to apply, you will need to have completed a calculus sequence and introductory courses in linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, and probability and statistics. Computer programming skill is also recommended.
This unique program is designed for teachers, with online classes that enable you to hold your job while you earn your master’s. You have two tracks from which to choose: A Secondary Mathematics Education track, which is totally online, and an Elementary and Middle Level Mathematics Education Track, which includes online as well as face-to-face classes. The face-to-face classes are offered one evening a week to fit the schedules of those who are teaching. Whether you are interested in furthering your knowledge, working towards permanent certification, becoming a teacher-leader, or planning to eventually pursue a doctoral degree, the program prepares you to embrace the challenges of teaching mathematics to a diverse population of students in an ever-changing world.
For teachers in public schools, the program meets the credit requirements for Instructional Level II certification. However, it does not provide initial certification or grades 7–12 certification for those who hold a K-6 Level I certificate.
IUP Faculty. Your courses are taught by engaging professors who bring a broad range of real-world experience to the classroom.
Graduate tutors. Assistantship positions are available to allow you to practice your teaching skills. Our mathematics graduate students offer tutoring for 100- and 200-level math courses.
Internships. Students in the MS in Applied Mathematics program obtain internship positions in well-known companies and government agencies around the nation. They often receive job offers and continue working for those companies after graduating from the program.
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