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Master of Science in Mathematics Online

Expand your career opportunities when you develop your mathematics expertise with high-demand abilities such as teaching, leadership, research, operations and management.

02/24/23 Next Application Due Date
03/13/23 Next Class Start Date


What Our M.S. in Mathematics Can Do for You

$10,500 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Boost your credentials with a convenient Master of Science in Mathematics from Northwest Missouri State University. Whether you are specializing your skillset as a math educator or advancing your career in a different field, our 100% online program enables you to achieve your next career milestone on your schedule.

Strengthen your understanding of higher mathematics with our rigorous, yet rewarding, program. Explore an overview of modern data analysis methods, including Statistical Machine Learning (SML), elementary statistical concepts and computer methods in statistics, classical number theory, engineering and statistical modeling problems, and abstract algebra.

According to Emsi Burning Glass, projected job growth for middle and high school math teachers is between 5% and 6% over the next ten years. Future proof your education career when you optimize your resumé with this versatile degree. Our M.S. in Mathematics online prepares you to lead as a math specialist in middle and high schools, teach dual credit classes, and instruct at community colleges.

In addition to education, this program equips you with essential tools for upper-level mathematics roles in computer systems design, scientific and technical consulting, corporate management, and depository credit intermediation. Earn your Master of Science in Mathematics online to meet the demand for trained mathematicians.

Northwest Missouri State University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). This program has been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2027. Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to continue to do so.

Graduates of Master of Science in Mathematics online will be able to:

  • Expand your knowledge in new areas of data analysis, machine learning and statistical science
  • Analyze the relationships between variables and build statistical models to predict outcomes and support better decision-making
  • Understand the strategies and methods of database data analysis to drive business decisions
  • Gain the required advanced math credit to become certified to teach dual credit high school courses, or to teach math in a community college

Expand your career opportunities to include:

  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Directors of Business Development
  • Data Scientist
  • Statistician

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Tuition and Fees

Learn About Our Affordable, Pay-by-the-Course Tuition

Our Master of Science in Mathematics online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$350 Per Credit Hour
$10,500 Program Tuition*

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
M.S. in Mathematics $350 $1,050 $10,500*

Important Refund Information

2nd day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
6th day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
8th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current amounts are based on 2020-21 tuition rates. Textbooks and laptops are not included with tuition.

Northwest Missouri State University is ranked #31 among the “Top Public Schools, Midwest” by U.S. News & World Report (2022).


Don’t Forget These Dates and Deadlines

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

02/24/23 Next Application Due Date
03/13/23 Next Class Start Date

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 1 01/11/23 01/03/23 01/03/23 01/04/23 01/06/23 03/03/23
Spring 2 03/13/23 02/24/23 03/01/23 03/07/23 03/08/23 04/28/23
Summer 1 05/09/23 04/25/23 04/28/23 05/02/23 05/04/23 06/23/23
Summer 2 06/26/23 06/09/23 06/14/23 06/16/23 06/21/23 08/11/23
Fall 1 08/21/23 08/07/23 08/10/23 08/14/23 08/16/23 10/06/23
Fall 2 10/16/23 10/02/23 10/05/23 10/09/23 10/11/23 12/01/23

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Understand Our Time-Saving Admission Process

At Northwest, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the Master of Science in Mathematics online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all institutions attended

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In addition to your online application, the following is required to complete your application:

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on the undergraduate transcript from a regionally accredited institution or an undergraduate overall GPA of 2.50 to 2.74 from a regionally accredited institution and a 3.0 GPA on six hours of required graduate coursework at Northwest in the major program where admission is requested.
  • Documentation of one of the following:
    • Option 1. A score of 2 on a writing assessment administered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics will be accepted. The writing assessment is not designed to test proficiency in a specific subject. It is rather a test to evaluate applicant’s abilities to critique, organize, and write a concise argument.
    • Option 2. Students with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and a composite score of 280 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE General Test will be accepted.

All students must successfully complete a writing assessment before the end of their first semester. By completing the writing assessment for admission (Option 1) you will not need to re-take the assessment after admitted.

If you are a non-Missouri student, you should determine whether this program fits the certification requirements for your state.

Official transcript(s) can be emailed to: [email protected]. To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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Investigate the M.S. in Mathematics Online Curriculum

For the MS Mathematics online, the curriculum is comprised of of nine courses worth 30 credit hours: 21 credit hours of required courses, 6 credit hours in Math electives, and 3 credit hours of other electives.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of topics designed to review concepts that include series, differentiation, integration, functions of several variables, maximum and minimum problems, logic, induction, probability, and matrices. Prerequisite: 18 hours of undergraduate mathematics or consent of instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This is a content course where students will deepen their knowledge and appreciation of geometry. Topics may include transformation geometry, taxicab geometry, parametric equations, polar coordinates, conic sections, and famous theorems in geometry. Prerequisites: MATH 17390, 18 hours of undergraduate mathematics, or consent of instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Topics include sequence and series, continuity, differentiability, integration of functions of one real variable and functions of one complex variable. Applications to engineering and modeling problems will be presented. Prerequisite: MATH 17321 or consent of instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the theory and applications of algebraic structures including groups, rings, and fields.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a standard course in classical number theory. Topics include divisibility, an in-depth study of congruences, with applications to calendar arithmetic; theory of quadratic residues, including quadratic reciprocity; and Diophantine analysis, including nonlinear equations such as Pell's equation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course provides an applied overview of modern data analysis methods, including Statistical Machine Learning (SML). Applications of SML may include science, marketing, finance, and other business and industrial disciplines. Under the supervision of the instructor, students will accomplish both lab activities and application-specific projects using modern SML or similar methods. The labs provide practical applications to enhance understanding and appreciation of each method.

Students must select two of the following courses (6 credit hours):

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, variation, correlation and regression, application and interpretation of estimation procedures using normal, t, chi-square distributions and hypothesis testing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will help to understand and explain the relationships between variables and build statistical models to predict actual outcomes; it also helps support better decision making.

Students must select one of the following courses (3 credit hours):

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This introductory course provides opportunities for participants to develop knowledge and understanding of leadership principles and the process of continuous improvement as it relates to the roles and responsibilities of elementary mathematics specialists.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to assist experienced teachers in the public schools to become more aware of issues in education which have an impact upon them. Issues will be analyzed in terms of the historical and philosophical bases that have created the climate leading to these problems. Issues will be addressed in terms that help teachers cope in the teaching situation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will focus on the development of skills related to finding, evaluating, analyzing, prioritizing and integrating data sources for the improvement of student learning. Students will retrieve data, develop an action plan for improvement, and create a project demonstrating proficiency in data literacy. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students who complete this course understand and demonstrate the capability to promote the success and well-being of each student by applying the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary for equitable protocols for student support, equitable access in a least restrictive environment, responsive practices for culturally responsive teaching and leadership, and a supportive school culture that ensures each student and family is treated fairly.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed through field experience to develop the coordination, articulation, and monitoring of a guaranteed and viable curriculum. Students will conduct an audit of curriculum to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of how the designed curriculum is actually being taught in a school with fidelity.

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