Offered jointly by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and School of Educational Studies, the Master’s in Mathematics and Preliminary Credential trains skilled, conscientious educators who present mathematics as a living subject in which students can participate actively.

Designed for those who wish to pursue careers as secondary or community college mathematics instructors, our Master’s program in Mathematics and Preliminary Credential emphasizes mathematical modeling and problem solving while allowing graduates to work toward a preliminary single-subject teaching credential. CGU’s Teacher Education Internship Program emphasizes clinical training, letting program participants experience the demands and rewards of full-time teaching under the direction of a CGU mentor-advisor.

Your preliminary credential allows you to teach in public secondary schools, while the Master’s in Mathematics allows teaching in public two-year community colleges. In addition, our program’s built-in Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD) emphasis provides specialized training for graduates who wish to teach individuals for whom English is a second language.

Program Highlights
  • Admission into the program requires a BA or BS, preferably in mathematics or a related field, as well as passage of educational tests such as the CBEST. Students may elect to receive either a Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MS) degree, each with identical requirements.
  • Because the Institute of Mathematical Sciences is part of the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences, you’ll have access to one of the largest mathematical science communities in California.
  • IMS students can gain first-hand experience in solving significant mathematical problems for industry and government clients through our internationally recognized Engineering & Industrial Applied Mathematics Clinic.

Program at a Glance

48 units

2–3 years

Cost Per Unit 2017–2018: $1,902

Fall | Spring


MA/MS in Mathematics, Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential

Featured Courses

MATH 294
Methods of Applied Mathematics

Studies derivation of classical equations of applied math including quasilinear hyperbolic equations, Laplace, Poisson and Helmholtz equations, among others, in various orthogonal curvilinear coordinate systems.

MATH 388
Continuous Mathematical Modeling

Explores the construction, simplification, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of mathematical models that shed light on problems arising in the physical and social sciences.

MATH 251

Introduces the main elements of probability theory at an intermediate level. Topics include combinatorial analysis, conditional probabilities, discrete and continuous random variables, probability distributions, central limit theorem, and numerous applications.

MATH 387
Discrete Mathematical Modeling

Explores techniques in discrete mathematical modeling, including combinatorial analysis, Markov chains, graph theory, optimization, algorithmic behavior, and more.

Problem-Based Mathematics for Teachers

Illustrates a problem-based approach to engaging a broad range of students and enlarging their understanding of what it means to do mathematics.

EDUC 301
Teaching/Learning Process I

Introduces students to practical skills of teaching in a special education K–12 setting.


IMS partnerships expand your academic opportunities and include:


Engineering & Industrial Applied Mathematics Clinic
CGU’s internationally recognized Engineering & Industrial Applied Mathematics Clinic offers first-hand experience solving significant mathematical problems for industry and government clients. Recent projects include:

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Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences
Through the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences (CCMS), you’ll have access to one of the largest mathematical science communities in California as well as to workshops, conferences, and seminars, including:

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Faculty & Research

  • DeLacy Ganley profile image

    DeLacy Ganley

    Professor of Education
    Director, Teacher Education Department

    Research Interests

    Culturally relevant education; Resiliency and achievement of marginalized populations; Intersection of families, community, and school; Language acquisition; Social capital theory; Systems theory

  • John Angus profile image

    John Angus

    Professor of Mathematics
    Director, Institute of Mathematical Sciences

    Research Interests

    Probability, Statistics, Computing, Algorithms, Navigation, Systems Engineering, Mathematical Finance

  • Marina Chugunova profile image

    Marina Chugunova

    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Program Director, PhD in Engineering & Industrial Applied Mathematics

    Research Interests

    Surfactant-driven thin film flows in biomedical applications; Nonlinear parabolic equations; Stability problems in fluid dynamics; Scientific computations; Applied operator theory; Sturm-Liouville problems

  • Ali Nadim profile image

    Ali Nadim

    Professor of Mathematics
    Joseph H. Pengilly Chair in Mathematics

    Research Interests

    Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical Modeling, Scientific Computing

  • Qidi Peng profile image

    Qidi Peng

    Research Assistant Professor of Mathematics

    Research Interests

    Statistical inferences, Stochastic differential equations, Stochastic modeling, Simulation, Machine learning, Approximation theory, Graph theory

  • Allon Percus profile image

    Allon Percus

    Professor of Mathematics

    Research Interests

    Discrete optimization; Network models; Statistical physics; Random combinatorial structures

  • Ellis Cumberbatch profile image

    Ellis Cumberbatch

    Professor of Mathematics Emeritus

    Research Interests

    Applied mathematics, Industrial modeling, Differential equations, Fluid mechanics, Wave propagation, Semi-conductors

  • Henry Schellhorn profile image

    Henry Schellhorn

    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Academic Director, Financial Engineering Program

    Research Interests

    Financial engineering, Credit risk, Interest rate models

  • Claudia Rangel profile image

    Claudia Rangel

    Adjunct Professor of Mathematics

    Research Interests

    Probabilistic methods in computational biology, Statistical inference of genetic networks, Bioinformatics

  • Hrushikesh Mhaskar profile image

    Hrushikesh Mhaskar

    Research Professor of Mathematics

    Research Interests

    Approximation theory, Computational harmonic analysis, Mathematics of data, Query processing

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