Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Mathematics and Statistics

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics offers a flexible course of study leading to an MS in Mathematics degree. The degree leads to careers in teaching, industry, or further graduate education, whether in mathematics or another discipline. A mathematics degree is excellent preparation for professional schools of law, business, or medicine, as well as certain graduate school disciplines outside of traditional mathematics, such as economics, finance, and engineering.

The degree offers part-and full-time enrollment

• Average time to completion: 1.5 years (full time), 2–3 years (part time)

Nine courses are required for graduation, which at full-time load takes 3 semesters, so 1.5 academic years. Part-time enrollment is possible, and transitioning from full-time to part-time is easy. Start in fall semester is usual, start in spring is possible. There is no thesis or a comprehensive exam requirement. Online options are not available.

Recent graduates of the MS program in Mathematics have continued their studies of mathematics at the PhD level, pursued careers in education, and found employment in industry. Our alumni entered PhD programs at institutions including University of Iowa, University of Virginia, and State University of New York at Albany; secured teaching jobs at institutions like Loyola University Chicago and Central Washington University; and entered the financial, software, or data analysis industries at institutions like Group One Trading, WMS Gaming, Henderson Global Investors, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

The MS program in Mathematics is a flexible and modest-sized program that offers students a selection of courses in pure and applied mathematics. Students can pick courses to meet their interests and career goals, can include a few courses from the graduate program in Applied Statistics, and can begin the program in the fall or in the spring semester. The size of the program gives students easy access to and close supervision by the faculty. Student body is diverse in academic backgrounds, origins, and professional goals.

Mathematics faculty members are both passionate about their teaching and dedicated to their research. Professional faculty members receive recognition for the quality of their research by regularly obtaining competitive grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the National Security Agency. Areas of faculty interest include calculus of variations, control theory, game theory, optimization, partial differential equations, nonlinear analysis, combinatorics, coding theory, cryptography, knot theory, quantum groups, and representation theory.

Students are required to have earned a BS or BA degree with the GPA at or above a B, taken the general GRE test, and gained solid background in undergraduate mathematics. This includes one year of single-variable calculus, multivariable calculus, ordinary differential equations, introductory statistics, linear algebra, introductory programming, and, ideally, introductory undergraduate courses in abstract algebra and real analysis.

Students missing some of the prerequisites may be admitted conditionally. Students missing the abstract algebra or real analysis prerequisite may be allowed to take these undergraduate courses in their first semester at Loyola as part of their coursework.

International applicants are expected to have earned a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL (paper) examination or 79 on the IBT examination or 6.5 on the IELTS examination.

Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

The Graduate School has limited funds available for financial assistance, usually in the form of teaching assistantships. Financial aid from Loyola’s Financial Aid Office will not impact your ability to apply for financial aid through the Graduate School. To learn more about these financial aid opportunities, visit LUC.edu/finaid/graduateschool.

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.