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Master of Science

About the Program

Study the world’s universal language and advance your career with a Master of Science in Mathematics from Case Western Reserve University, one of the top research universities in the U.S. Math plays a central role in the physical, biological, economic and social sciences—and advanced knowledge of math is valued in almost every industry. It’s also a cornerstone of many research and scientific endeavors. You’ll come away from our program prepared for private sector employment in areas such as financial services, computer science, governmental organizations, applied research, education and more. 

What to Expect

You can complete our program in two years if you study full time. Here, you’ll complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, taking classes on topics such as abstract algebra, complex analysis, algebraic topology and differential geometry, to name a few. 

During your program, you’ll have the option to complete a comprehensive oral examination in three areas, or substitute that requirement with an expository or original thesis, which will count as six credit hours of coursework. If you choose the latter route, you’ll defend your thesis through an oral examination, at which time you’ll be questioned about the thesis and related topics. 

Join the Mathematics Graduate Student Association (MGSA), an organization of all master’s- and doctoral-level graduate students who are studying statistics, applied mathematics and pure mathematics. MGSA hosts annual activities to bring you together with your classmates as you explore shared interests.

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A Place for Success

Cleveland is known for its wide array of job opportunities in addition to its culture, food, and low cost of living. And Case Western Reserve is situated in the heart of University Circle, one of the city’s most energetic and culturally robust communities. From our campus, you’re just a short walk to some of Cleveland and University Circle’s most outstanding destinations—the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose and personal statement
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Test scores for GRE (required) and MAT, MCAT, LSAT, DACT or GMAT (optional)
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE

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