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Mathematics (Graduate)

Contribute to contemporary mathematics scholarship while preparing for a career in an academic setting or  conducting research within the field in a business or industry setting.

Mathematics – Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

In the Mathematics graduate program at Montana State, candidates work in a variety of areas including real and complex analysis, applied mathematics, dynamical systems, mathematical biology, mathematical imaging and probability. Additionally, candidates are able to take advantage of the prestigious MT PEAKS Fellowship, which is specifically designed to broaden candidates’ training beyond academia and into business, industry or governmental pathways.

The Master of Science in Mathematics has one additional Option within the Program: Mathematics Education.




Within the Mathematics department, Ph.D. student Anna Schenfisch earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for her work in computational topology and computational geometry and how those techniques relate to diagnosing prostate cancer.



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Carnegie Classified
The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the Top 5 public, 4-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.

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Startup Prowess
The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship rated Montana #4 in Startup Activity out of the 25 smaller states and ranked Bozeman #3 in Main Street Entrepreneurship.

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Work-Life Balance
Livability has previously ranked Bozeman as one of its Best Places to Live four years in a row, including the #1 best place to live in Montana, calling the city a "tech-savvy, economically vibrant, highly educated city on the grow" with year-round natural attractions.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Mathematics department and Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, most of our incoming graduate students are funded with teaching assistantships for at least their first year. To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, Meritorious Scholarship or a teaching assistantship, your application must be completed by December 15.

MT PEAKS Program

Funded entirely by active grant work, the MT PEAKS program within the Mathematical Sciences department is designed to broaden the training of doctoral students so that they are equipped to pursue career paths beyond the traditional academic track.

The project is a collaboration among the Department of Mathematical Sciences (MathStat), the newly developed Montana multi-university Materials Science (MTSI) interdisciplinary doctoral program, plus business, industry, and government (BIG) partners. The MT PEAKS website outlines more about the program, including what it means to be a PEAKS Fellow.





Admissions Requirements

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission. To ensure that your application is complete and will be given full consideration,please review the admissions requirements for the Mathematics program. This includes any additional deadlines that the Mathematicsprogram may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.