Graduate Programs with Financial Support for MA/MS Students
This is a (highly non-exhaustive, and lightly maintained) list of
institutions that offer financial support to MA/MS students in math,
applied math or statistics. This is for information only; no
endorsement of any programs is implied. Please contact individual
departments for more information. E-mail Jeremy Martin (address
at bottom of page) with any additions, updates or corrections.
Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS)
Emporia State University (Emporia, KS)
- Villanova offers two forms of assistance for Master's students.
One is a tuition waiver with no stipend for 7 hours/week of work. One
is a tuition-waiver with stipend (about $1600/mo) for 15 hours/week of
work. Master's degrees are offered in Mathematics and Applied Statistics.
- Boise State University offers an MS in Mathematics with emphases in
Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, and Statistics and an MS in
Mathematics Education. Most students are supported by TAships.
- Southern Illinois University at Carbondale routinely funds MS
students. According to a faculty member: "We also have a Ph.D. program, but we have quite a lot of
students who only intend and only take the master's."
Forest has a master's only MA program in mathematics. A student can
do a master's thesis on a statistics topic for this degree. Typical
audience is drawn from both students wanting a terminal master's degree
and students considering a PhD who feel rather unprepared. ~10 fully
funded TA positions a year. Those not awarded a TA position don't have
to pay undergrad tuition. Class sizes average 15/year.
- Clemson has a standalone MS program (along with a PhD program), and
there is TA support for students in both programs.
- Northwest Missouri State University offers both an MS and an MSEd
in Math (and Math Education).
University of Dayton offers three terminal Master's degrees in math,
including one in applied math. (The others are MathEd and Financial
Math.) Proximity to Wright Patterson AFB helps those students who are
actually "living" applied math to study it. Contact Paul Eloe, Director
of Graduate Studies.
University of Northern Iowa has a Professional Science Masters
Degree in Industrial Mathematics:
- University of Michigan-Dearborn (applied)
- University of Texas at Arlington (applied)
- Southeast Louisana University (applied). Contact Dr. Ken Li (email@example.com) about their ISAT Masters
(Integrated Science and Technology.)
- Michigan State University: master's in industrial mathematics
- Miami University (Ohio) has master's programs and no Ph.D.
- Ball State University (Muncie, IN) funds master's programs in statistics and
possibly math master's degrees as well.
Southern University has masters-only programs in Applied
Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Computational Science
(interdisciplinary). They do have assistantships available.
- Sam Houston State has smaller but thriving MS programs in both math
and statistics. About 20 new students each year, most of them
funded at $13,000 per year (in exchange for 20 hours of light work per
week). Tuition is low, as are living expenses in Huntsville.
- South Dakota State University has an MS program in Mathematics and
an MS program in Statistics. These students are eligible for
assistantships. Also has an MS in Data Science- these students
usually are not eligible for assistantships.
- Western Michigan University supports some masters students with
TAships. How many depends on the year, and students may have to pay
part of their way until a TAship becomes available.
- University of Montana
Green State University (Ohio): Master's program with concentrations
in Pure Math, Scientific Computation, Statistics, Applied Statistics,
and Teaching Mathematics: Almost all grad students are supported with TA
- University of Florida (which has a PhD program): almost all grad
students are supported with TA positions.
- University of Texas, El Paso offers MS-Math but not PhD in Math.
There is a PhD in computational math (interdisciplinary with College of
Engineering), but its students are not in competition with MS-Math
students for TA-ship.
- Western Washington University offers a master's in math and funds
many of their graduate students. They do not have a PhD program.
- University of Washington has a master's
program in biostatistics. that offers funding. According to their
website (5/21/18), "We offer funding to PhD students and partner
with the UW to offer funding to highly qualified underrepresented
minority MS students."
- Northern Arizona University supports about 30-35 graduate teaching
assistants in our MS programs (closer to 40 this year). They offer MS
degrees in Mathematics, Statistics, and Mathematics Education. Many
graduates go on to PhD study.
- University of California, Riverside has an MA/MS program (in either
pure or applied math), and accepted students are guaranteed 5 quarters
of support in the form of TAships. (That is usually sufficient to
finish the requirements.) Typically 1-3 masters students incoming each
of Minnesota Duluth offers a MS in Applied and Computational
Mathematics with focus in modeling, statistics, or discrete math.
- San Francisco State
University: masters-only program funded by TAships and scholarships.
They regularly send students afterwards to PhD programs. They have
several faculty doing geometry and combinatorics.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers full financial
support to students in the Masters in the Teaching of Mathematics
- University of Alaska
Fairbanks: MS in Mathematics and MS in Statistics. TAships are
available for both programs.
- University of Connecticut: same support for MA and PhD students.
- University of Georgia: the
Department of Statistics supports both
MS and PhD students. According to their
Financial Assistance document (as of 5/21/18), "Financial
assistance is usually granted to MS students for a period of 2
- University of Kentucky: the Department
of Statistics supports both MS and PhD students. According to their
website (as of 5/21/18), "Supported students making normal progress
toward their degree may expect to be supported 2 years for a
- Simon Fraser University (Canada)
offers research M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics, Applied and Computational
Mathematics and Operations Research that are funded through a mix of
TA and RA support.
General note on Canadian graduate programs (thanks to Tamon Stephen):
In Canada the funding model encourages the production of research-based Master's degrees. So most
good Canadian schools are possibilities if students are up for crossing the border. Support packages
generally include money from teaching and research assistantships. Ideal candidates for this are
people who may be interested in a Ph.D. but are also considering non-academic possibilities. Students
will spend time alongside Ph.D. students, and Master's degrees leading to a nice industrial placement,
or to continuing to a Ph.D. at the same institution or elsewhere are all considered good outcomes.
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Last updated 5/21/18