The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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Master of Science in Mathematics

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The Master of Science in Mathematics has three tracks, Pure Mathematics Industrial Mathematics and Teaching Mathematics. In each case, the student has thesis (except Teaching Mathematics track), non-thesis and project option.

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About the Program

  • Complete in as few as 36 months
  • 9 required courses + 6 restricted electives credit hours + 15 designated electives + 6 Capstone requirement or Project or Non-Thesis
  • $589.43 per credit hour

Mathematicians with a strong background in pure mathematics are surprisingly attractive to many professional branches in our society, particularly intelligence technology, finance, security, engineering and physics. Industrial mathematics is a growing branch in mathematics which provides trained personnel for key positions in modern industries. Teaching Mathematics track offers an opportunity to become an effective mathematics instructor with educational technology skills especially for online/distance education.

The Department of Mathematics enables highly motivated students with strong intellectual capacities to earn a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Mathematics within a five-year period. The integrated program is designed to prepare students for competitive doctoral programs and provide strong leadership skills and professional depth to students entering teaching positions.


Required Courses

MATH 6330: Linear Algebra
MATH 6331: Algebra I
MATH 6352: Analysis I

Mathematics Concentration

Required Courses
MATH 6332: Algebra II
MATH 6353: Analysis II

Designated Electives
Chosen from the following:

MATH 6323: Group Theory
MATH 6329: Number Theory
MATH 6339: Complex Analysis
MATH 6359: Applied Analysis
MATH 6360: Ordinary Differential Equations 3 3 Equations
MATH 6362: Fourier Analysis
MATH 6363: Integrable Systems
MATH 6364: Statistical Methods
MATH 6366: Micro‐local Analysis
MATH 6367: Functional Analysis
MATH 6368: Operator Theory
MATH 6370: Topology
MATH 6371: Differential Geometry
MATH 6372: Analytic Number Theory
MATH 6373: Algebraic Geometry
MATH 6375: Numerical Analysis
MATH 6376: Numerical Methods Partial Differential Partial Differential Equations
MATH 6385: Cryptology and Codes
MATH 6387: Mathematical Modeling
MATH 6388: Discrete Mathematics
MATH 6399: Special Topics in Mathematics

Choose one of the following capstone options:

Capstone Requirement

MATH 7300: Thesis I
MATH 7301: Thesis II 3


MATH 6391: Master’s Project
Additional 3 hours of electives


Additional 6 hours of electives
Written and/or Oral Comprehensive Exam

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.


Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Application Deadline April 15 October 1 March 1 March 1

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Tuition and Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown

  • $21,219.48* Total program cost
  • $589.43 Per credit hour
  • $1,254.29 Per 3-credit course

*Tuition and fee rates shown above are proposed rates for the 2015-2016 academic year. We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Approved tuition and fee rates for UTRGV should be available prior to the fee payment deadline.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $32

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If you have questions about how to apply to UTRGV, call us at 956-665-3661 or 956-882-6552 or email

Evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research is required for graduate admission. Specific criteria for Unconditional Admission for master’s degree seeking students in Math are:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE Verbal score of 400
  • GRE Quantitative score of 600
  • Two letters of recommendation from college or university professors indicating the applicant’s potential in mathematics
  • A letter from the applicant indicating reasons for wanting to pursue graduate studies in mathematics including professional and personal goals; in this letter, the applicant should indicate his/her field of interest in mathematics as well as his/her preference for an advisor
  • Undergraduate transcript including completion of a set of mathematics courses determined by the departmental graduate committee (An applicant lacking some of these courses may be accepted to the program but will be required to complete them during the first academic year in order to continue in the program. An undergraduate course may be taken concurrently with graduate course work.)

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 and/or GRE scores lower than those specified are also encouraged to apply.

Notification of decisions on graduate admission is made by the Office of Graduate Studies based on the admission criteria and recommendation of the academic department. Information related to application procedures and deadlines is available through the Office of Graduate Studies.

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Program Contact

Program Director: Dr. Timothy Huber
Phone: (956) 665-2173