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The Department of Mathematics at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers a Master of Science degree in mathematics, with concentrations in applied mathematics, applied statistics, pre-professional mathematics, and education. This program is designed to provide individuals with an in-depth understanding in their chosen area, further preparing them for work in industry, government, and education, or for further graduate studies. Completion of the program requires thirty-six (36) semester credit hours, which includes an area of application or an internship. There is also an option of composing a final thesis. Students must maintain a minimum institutional cumulative GPA of 3.0, and are subject to all regulations of theUTC Graduate School. 


Individuals must meet the admission requirements of the UTC Graduate School as stated in the Graduate Catalog. In addition, students must have a strong mathematical background at the undergraduate level, as evidenced by successful completion of critical coursework or by a baccalaureate degree in mathematics from a regionally accredited institution. Requirements may be higher for a graduate of an unaccredited institution.

Admission is a two-step process involving application to the Graduate School and application to the Department of Mathematics.

  1. Application to the Graduate School

  2. Application to the Department requires to submission of:

  • A letter of application explaining reasons why the candidate wishes to pursue graduate study in Mathematics,

  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's scholastic ability and/or professional work experience

If the applicant is also applying for an assistantship, GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores must also be submitted.

Application materials to the department should be sent to the Dr. Ron Smith, Mathematics Graduate Coordinator.

Critical undergraduate coursework required for admission

  • Differential and Integral Calculus with Laboratory (8 hours)

  • Multivariable Calculus (3 hours)

  • Differential Equations (3 hours)

  • Elementary Linear Algebra (3 hours)

  • Analysis (3 hours)

  • Probability and Statistics (3 hours)

  • Modern Algebra (3 hours)

  • One course in Computer Science (3 hours)

  • Two additional upper-level mathematics courses (6 hours)

  • In addition, at least one course should emphasize mathematical proofs.

Students whose academic background is considered inadequate may be asked to complete additional coursework. In addition, a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required on all upper level mathematics courses.

For more information, please visit the Graduate School