Mathematics, M.A.

Become a competent user of mathematical applications

Graduates of the Department of Mathematics are well prepared to enter the professional workplace or to continue their education in mathematics.

The mission of the mathematics department is to provide an environment where students can learn and become competent users of mathematics and mathematical applications. Our students have the opportunity to work in computer labs and research groups to prepare for a variety of careers in teaching and industry.

The Pure Mathematics program is designed to prepare students wishing to pursue more advanced studies in mathematics at the Ph.D. level or to work in the public or private sector.

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focus from faculty

With a small class size, students get specific attention from faculty, who are dedicated to helping them reach their goals. 


rate of success

Within six months of graduation, 90% are employed in a company, government, or teaching in a graduate classroom, and 7% are continuing their education.



Students can conduct research, learn in computer-based classrooms and labs, and utilize the Mathematics Education Lab.


Find out More About Mathematics

Tell us more and we'll send information on how you can succeed with the Mathematics Master of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences.

Michael Prophet Ph.D.,
Graduate Program Coordinator
(319) 273-2104
Cindi Helgeson
Graduate Program Secretary
(319) 273-6952

Career Opportunities

Careers are broad depending on the area of your interest. For example, our alumni has landed on the following positions:

  • Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Instructor
  • Programmer
  • Quantitative Audit Manager
  • Senior Data Scientist
  • Statistical Programmer Analyst
  • Warranty Analyst

Courses & Curriculum

The program offers Thesis and Non-Thesis options. The program's core courses are:

  • Mathematical Analysis 
  • Complex Analysis 
  • Abstract Algebra 
  • Electives
  • Research

Next Steps

Requirements for Admission

  • Official transcripts
  • Applicant statement addressing professional background, motivations for seeking degree and career goals
  • 2.75 is the minimum GPA to be accepted without provision; applicants with a GPA lower than 2.75 may still be admitted provisionally, at the discretion of the program and the Graduate College
  • Application fee (this can be waived or deferred, see if you qualify).
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Thesis vs. Non-Thesis Option

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 36 hours is required for the thesis option; a minimum of 32-35 hours is required for the non-thesis option. A minimum of fifteen (15) hours of 6xxx-level course work is required on the thesis option. A minimum of twelve (12) hours of 6xxx-level course work is required on the non-thesis option.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program. Successful completion of a final written comprehensive examination is required for the non-thesis option.