Jun 15, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mathematics (M.A., M.S.)

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Program Overview

The master’s programs open the door to professional development for high school teachers seeking to earn a master’s degree or for people seeking employment in other fields. The M.S. is for students who want to go on to a Ph.D. program and the M.A. is for those who do not have interest in the terminal degree. Coursework covers advanced topics that will prepare you to take qualifying exams in math Ph.D. programs. Learn more at usd.edu/math.

DELIVERY: On campus

Master of Arts, Mathematics Plan B (non-thesis)

Supporting Area Coursework

 Select eight credit hours of supporting courses outside the department.


M.A. Plan B: The final written exam will consist of two parts: one part on either the Abstract Algebra sequence or the Advanced Calculus sequence; and the other part in candidate-selected areas, approved by the departmental committee, consisting of two mathematics courses, not necessarily sequenced. The final comprehensive oral exam will be based on the student’s course of study.

Students who want to experience research in mathematics are encouraged to consider the M.S. Program.

Master of Science, Mathematics Plan A

Major Area Coursework - 33 Credit Hours

Master of Science, Mathematics Plan B

Major Area Coursework - 33 Credit Hours

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Admission test scores*
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For specific program requirements and submission deadline, visit: catalog.usd.edu.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Department of Mathematical Sciences
605-658-5970 | math@usd.edu | usd.edu/math

Graduate Admissions
​605-658-6200 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad

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