Loyola University Chicago

Mathematics and Statistics

MS in Mathematics

The graduate program in Mathematics offers students a variety of rigorous pure mathematics and applied mathematics courses.

Some of the MS in Mathematics degree recipients at the Spring 2016 Graduation Reception: Anup Poudel (who is off to a PhD program in mathematics), Mike Kratochvil (who is off to a PhD program in applied mathematics), Mark Amobi (who is working full time as an application developer for a healthcare company in the greater Chicago area), and Kelsey Plunk (who is heading back home to Texas to teach high school math and coach volleyball).

The M.S. in Mathematics degree can be obtained in 1.5 years of study (3 semesters, 3 courses each semester). The starting semester and the schedule are flexible, the students can choose the classes based on their needs and interests, students can switch from full-time to part-time load, and can include some classes offered by the graduate program in Applied Statistics. The modest size of the program ensures easy access to the faculty. A limited number of teaching assistantships and merit scholarships are available.

There are two active research groups among the faculty. A group in analysis, featuring interests in calculus of variations, control theory, game theory, optimization, partial differential equations, and nonlinear analysis in general, and a group in abstract algebra, featuring interests in combinatorics, coding theory, cryptography, knot theory, quantum groups, and representation theory. Numerous faculty members receive recognition for the quality of their research by regularly obtaining competitive grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Security Agency, etc.

Students admitted to the graduate program with backgrounds other than Mathematics, such as Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or Economics, may be required to complete prerequisite undergraduate courses before embarking upon graduate studies.

Recent graduates of the MS program in Mathematics have continued their studies of mathematics at the PhD level, at institutions including University of California Berkeley, University of Minnesota, State University of New York at Albany, etc.; found academic jobs at institutions like Loyola University Chicago, Central Washington University, etc.; or found jobs in "the real world", like a trader at Group One Trading, a mathematical testing engineer at WMS Gaming, a financial analyst at Henderson Global Investors, a statistical analyst at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, etc.


Nine courses are required including a minimum of seven 3 credit-hour 400-level graduate courses and at most two approved 3 credit-hour 300-level undergraduate courses. The approved undergraduate courses depend on the interests and background of the student. One or both of the 300-level courses could be used to satisfy missing course requirements or recommended prerequisites listed in Academic Requirements for Admission. Students are free to design their own course of study individually tailored to their interests. The 400-level courses can be selected from either the mathematics or the statistics courses offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

For a list of possible courses to choose from, view our course catalog.

Graduate students are expected to maintain an average of not less than “B” (3.0). No more than two grades of “C” or “C+” and no grades lower than “C” may be counted as fulfilling degree requirements. Such grades, however, will be calculated in the GPA. No student will graduate with less than a 3.00 average for all graduate level courses and undergraduate courses taken for graduate credit. In addition, students who earn multiple grades of “C” are subject to review and possible withdrawal from the program.

Further Information

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Dr. Rafal Goebel, Graduate Program Director for Mathematics.