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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 in math. 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.

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Program at a Glance

52 units

2–3 years

Fall | Spring

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

*The Teacher Education program is an online program that may not meet student visa requirements. Additionally, the program is designed to prepare California K12 school teachers. Graduates without U.S. work visas will likely find it difficult to find employment opportunities in California K12 schools.

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
TLP 1: Teaching/Learning Process for Social Justice & Equity

Develops a foundation of shared understanding and language regarding prevalent harmful practices and hidden curriculum in schools, and supports candidates in adopting humanizing and empowering habits of mind and practice to disrupt them.


The program requires 52 units:

  • 32 units in the Teacher Education Program (30 academic units are required for a credential; two units of math can be accepted toward the 30 unit requirement)
  • 20 in the mathematics program

The particular course plan for each student will be selected to meet his or her individual background. The choice will be made by the student in consultation with the student’s advisors from both the Education and Mathematics programs.

Accelerated Degree Option

If you are an undergraduate student at the Claremont Colleges (Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer), you can obtain a graduate degree on an accelerated track through the Claremont Graduate Scholars Program, working toward your master’s requirements simultaneously with the completion of your undergraduate degree. Up to 16 units of transferable credit can be earned upon admission to one of our master’s degree programs. You are eligible for a minimum fellowship award of $5,000 per semester at CGU, based on 12 units of enrollment. Learn how to apply

Consider this opportunity if:

  • Your longer-term plans include a PhD in a math-related field (e.g. physics, engineering, computer science)
  • You are seeking a teaching career in math or science
  • You would like to get involved in ongoing research with CGU Math faculty during your senior year
  • You would like to earn your Master’s degree in half the usual time


Engineering & Computational Mathematics Clinic
CGU’s internationally recognized Engineering & Computational Mathematics Clinic offers first-hand experience solving significant mathematical problems for industry and government clients.

Recent projects include:

  • Optimizing Transmission of Renewable Energy–Southern California Edison
  • Hardware-Software Codesign–Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Data Cohort Analysis–Fair Isaac
  • Optimizing Smart Power Grids–Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Credit Risk in a Network Economy–Fitch Rating
  • Isogeometric Analysis–Boeing
  • Gate to Base Capacitance Modeling for Nanoscale MOSFETs–USC Information Sciences Institute
  • Practical Semi-Analytic Model for the Substrate Current of Short Channel MOSFETs with LDDs–USC Information Sciences Institute

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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:

  • Southern California Analysis Seminar
  • Math-in-Industry Workshop
  • Michael E. Moody Lecture Series
  • History and Philosophy of Mathematics Seminar
  • Claremont Mathematics Weekend
  • CCMS Software Lab
  • and more

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Faculty & Research

Extended Faculty

In addition to CGU core faculty, you will have access to Math faculty across the Claremont Colleges, including Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Keck Graduate Institute, as well as faculty who are part of the W.M. Keck integrated science department.

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Claremont McKenna
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Bahar Acu
David Bachman
Jemma Lorenat

W.M. Keck Integrated Science Department
(Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Scripps)
Adam Landsberg
John Milton

Keck Graduate Institute
Animesh Ray
James Sterling

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