Prepare for high-demand careers in teaching or scientific research settings, or take the next step toward your Ph.D.. The mathematics master’s degree program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks combines a solid foundation of core courses with a research experience you can design based on your needs. 

With approximately a 1:1 student-faculty ratio, our program provides a level of collaboration and personal mentorship that will enrich your educational experience. Teaching assistantships are available, and all students engage in a research experience through a thesis or project.

When you complete your mathematics master’s degree, you can count on finding a job in your field: 100% of our graduates over the past 15 years are employed in areas relating to their graduate study.

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Why Earn Your Mathematics Master’s Degree at UAF?

The M.S. in mathematics at UAF is a rigorous program that offers exciting opportunities for research and applied learning. You can take courses with either a pure or an applied mathematical emphasis. You’ll also complete a project or thesis developed in consultation with your graduate advisor. Classes are small, and faculty are actively engaged in research and teaching.

Get valuable experience with real-world equipment and systems

  • Projects and theses have been done in the areas of graph theory, algebra, biomathematics, partial differential equations, numerical analysis, dynamical systems, and Lie groups, among other topics. Many projects and theses have led to publications in pure and applied mathematics journals. You’ll also have opportunities to work with faculty on math and statistics research that’s directly connected to real-world issues, including projects specific to the Arctic. Resources available include our world-renowned Geophysical Institute and the CNSM Division of Research.

Work closely with accomplished researchers

Pay your tuition through teaching assistantships

  • Teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis and include full tuition and a stipend for living expenses. This is a great opportunity to complete your master’s degree in math without relying on student loans.



What Can You Do With a Mathematics Master’s Degree?

Studies have found that almost 95% of workers use some form of math in their jobs, making mathematics one of the most versatile degree programs. Some of our master’s in math graduates have gone on to careers in high school, community college, and university teaching, both in and outside of Alaska. Others work in university research support. Still more have entered Ph.D. and MD-Ph.D. programs at UAF and at other top-ranked institutions.




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