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Mathematics, M.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

Gain the analytical skills you need to work as a mathematician in industry or teach math at junior and community colleges, all at one of the premier centers in the Southeast for research in mathematics.

We provide a stimulating and supportive environment for graduate studies. This degree is for those who seek a broad, thorough training in mathematics to work in industry, especially research opportunities, and for those intending to teach at the junior/community college level.

Program Highlights

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    Holistic Preparation

    Make research your priority while also preparing yourself to teach and be an academic citizen.

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    Notable Programs

    Be a strong candidate for graduate schools and careers in a variety of different fields when you complete this master's degree.

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    Supportive Environment

    Become a part of a friendly, cooperative and welcoming place in USC's Department of Mathematics.

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    In-Demand Skills

    Teach in a peer mentoring program for graduate student instructors, and work as an instructor for undergraduate courses.

What You’ll Study

Broad coursework builds the skills you need for your career. Explore courses in algebra, calculus, statistics and geometry as taught at the secondary level, as well as the basic elements of group theory, ring theory and real analysis. Demonstrate teaching proficiency. Students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination based primarily on four core courses.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions


    Taking action and demonstrating leadership without being prompted or directed by others

  • Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

    Data Simulation

    Using mathematical or statistical models to replicate real-world scenarios and predict outcomes


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Teacher
  • Data Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Research Analyst
  • Aerospace Engineer

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Public Sector
  • Private Sector
  • Aerospace Industry

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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