Mathematics plays an essential part in every area of modern technology. Recognizing this diverse and important role of mathematics, the department of mathematical sciences offers a very flexible Master of Arts in mathematics program built on a core of basic courses and a wide range of specialized electives.
By the proper selection of electives, a degree candidate may train for work as a systems analyst for a management consulting firm, a statistician for a drug corporation, an operations research analyst, a high school teacher, a two-year college teacher, a candidate for a doctoral program in mathematics, an actuary for an insurance company or for a number of other careers in mathematics.
A sample degree program indicating a possible selection of electives related to particular areas of mathematics can be obtained from the mathematical sciences department.
Each student is required to complete thirty (30) credit hours including:
Students must check the date on the Graduate Calendar to learn when registration begins for the following semester. If students want to discuss the courses they plan to take, they should contact their advisor, Dr. David Sprows, Director of the Mathematics Graduate Program, at 610.519.7339. Students should contact their advisor for their Registration Pin numbers each semester. Upon approval of their courses, the pin numbers will be sent via email. Students should register only for those courses that are appropriate to the status in the Mathematics program.
To help students who wish to choose courses with a particular interest or concentration in mind, the following sample programs have been drawn up:
In 1956, Villanova University's department of mathematics inaugurated the Master of Arts in the mathematics program. One question which often arises about this program is why it is called a Master of Arts rather than a Master of Science. The most likely explanation is that two years earlier, in 1954, the department had begun to offer a Master of Science in applied statistics. The existence of the Master of Science in applied statistics has proven to be beneficial to the Master of Arts in mathematics because it allows mathematics students to take courses such as statistical theory as electives.