Loyola University Chicago

Mathematics and Statistics


For Fall 2023 Incoming Class *

* Planned changes. Students who matriculate before Fall 2023 should consult the current curriculum page.


Some of the MS in Mathematics degree recipients from Spring 2022: Adam Smith (who started running his own startup before he even finished his MS), Ariana Grymski and Michael Bukata (who will teach part-time while deciding their next steps), and Patrick Chan (who is heading to the Mathematics PhD program at the University of Indiana).

The M.S. in Mathematics degree can be obtained in 1.5 years of study (the typical student begins this 30 credit program in our Fall semester with 10 credits, then takes 9 and 11 credits, respectively, over the following Spring and Fall semesters). The starting semester and schedule are flexible, and students may switch between full-time and part-time status.

Our curriculum allows students to tailor their program to their needs and interests, which may include some classes offered by the graduate programs in Applied Statistics and Computer Science—including Statistics offerings in our Summer session. The modest size of the program ensures easy access to the faculty.

A limited number of teaching assistantships and merit scholarships are available.

Mathematics Requirements (9 credits)

Statistics Requirement (3 credits)

One course chosen from the following:

Depth Requirements  (6 credits)

A second course in algebra or analysis chosen from the following:
A second course in statistics or a cognate field, from the following:
  • Probability and Statistics I – MATH/STAT 404
  • Probability and Statistics II – MATH/STAT 405
  • Applied Regression Analysis – STAT 308
  • Categorical Data Analysis – STAT 410
  • Natural Language Processing – COMP 429
  • Deep Learning – COMP 487
  • Introduction to Data Science – DSCI 401
  • Course from another department or school, subject to GPD approval

Mathematics and Statistics Electives (12 credits)

  • Four electives chosen from Mathematics and approved Statistics courses at the 400 level.*

* For a list of possible courses to choose from, view our course catalog.

Graduate students are expected to maintain an average of not less than "B" (3.0). No more than two grades of "C" or "C+" and no grades lower than "C" may be counted as fulfilling degree requirements. Such grades, however, will be calculated in the GPA. No student will graduate with less than a 3.00 average for all graduate level courses and undergraduate courses taken for graduate credit. In addition, students who earn multiple grades of "C" are subject to review and possible withdrawal from the program.

Graduates of the MS in Mathematics Program will:

  • be able to construct mathematical proofs of basic theorems, and to write these proofs clearly using correct grammatical constructs and appropriate mathematical notation;
  • have seen applications of mathematics to areas across mathematical disciplines and outside of mathematical disciplines;
  • receive the training sufficient for acceptance into PhD programs or professional schools, or for hire in mathematics related industries;
  • receive training on how to act responsibly and ethically within the discipline.

Details: Student Learning Outcomes - MS Math.

Further Information

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Dr. Aaron Lauve, Graduate Program Director for Mathematics.