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Mathematics

MS in Mathematics

The highly customizable master’s degree in mathematics provides the essential training and skills in pure or applied math to compete for positions in education, industry, and government laboratories.

The master’s program in mathematics allows you to customize your coursework as you develop mastery in one or more areas of pure or applied math. Throughout the program, you will work closely with faculty with extensive backgrounds in applied math, computational science, statistics, financial engineering, industrial modeling, and related fields. You will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in solving significant problems for industry and government clients through our internationally recognized Engineering & Computational Mathematics Clinic.

Admission into the program requires a BA or BS in mathematics. Ideal preparation includes undergraduate coursework in multivariate/vector calculus, real analysis, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, numerical methods, and probability theory. 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.

This program is STEM designated, allowing international students who hold F-1 visas to apply for OPT work authorizations for a total of 36 months (an initial 1-year period and a 24-month OPT STEM extension) of paid work experience in the U.S. after graduation.

Program At-a-glance

  • 32 units

    required units

  • MS in Mathematics

    degree awarded

  • In Person

    modality

  • Spring, Fall

    program start

  • 2 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

Faculty

  • Portrait of John Angus

    John Angus

    Professor of Mathematics
    Director, Institute of Mathematical Sciences

    Research Interests

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

  • Portrait of Marina Chugunova

    Marina Chugunova

    Ellis Cumberbatch Professor of Mathematics
    Program Director, PhD in Engineering & Computational 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

  • Portrait of Hrushikesh Mhsakar

    Hrushikesh Mhaskar

    Research Professor of Mathematics

    Research Interests

    Approximation theory, Computational harmonic analysis, Machine learning, Signal processing

  • Portrait of Ali Nadim

    Ali Nadim

    Professor of Mathematics

    Research Interests

    Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical Modeling, Scientific Computing

  • Portrait of Andrew Nguyen

    Andrew Nguyen

    Adjunct Professor of Mathematics

    Research Interests

    Stochastic processes, Statistics, Risk management, Financial derivatives, Actuarial sciences, Statistical software

  • Portrait of Qidi Peng

    Qidi Peng

    Research Associate Professor of Mathematics

    Research Interests

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

  • Portrait of Allon Percus

    Allon Percus

    Joseph H. Pengilly Professor of Mathematics

    Research Interests

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

  • Portrait of Claudia Rangel

    Claudia Rangel-Escareño

    Adjunct Professor of Mathematics

    Research Interests

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

  • Portrait of Henry Schellhorn

    Henry Schellhorn

    Professor of Mathematics
    Academic Director, Financial Engineering Program

    Research Interests

    Financial engineering, Credit risk, Stochastic analysis, Traffic models

Extended Faculty

  • Bahar Acu

    Pitzer College

    Research Interests

    Geometric topology, differential geometry

  • Konrad Aguilar

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Noncommutative/quantum metric geometry, functional analysis, operator algebras

  • Asuman G. Aksoy

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Analysis

  • David Bachman

    Pitzer College

    Research Interests

    Low-dimensional topology

  • Arthur Benjamin

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Combinatorics, game theory, operations research

  • Andrew Bernoff

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Applied dynamical systems, fluid mechanics, self-similarity and scaling

  • Sarah Cannon

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Randomized algorithms, Markov chains, stochastic processes, discrete geometry, statistical physics

  • Alfonso Castro

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Partial differential equations, variational methods, inverse-function theorems, water waves (solitons)

  • Anie Chaderjian

    Scripps College

    Research Interests

    Combinatorics

  • Gabriel Chandler

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Statistics

  • Lisette G. de Pillis

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Computational fluid dynamics, numerical linear algebra, mathematical biology

  • Vin de Silva

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Computational topology, manifold learning

  • Christina Edholm

    Scripps College

    Research Interests

    Mathematical biology, epidemiological modeling

  • Lenny Fukshansky

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Number theory, discrete geometry

  • Stephan Garcia

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Complex symmetric operators, operator theory, complex function theory

  • Edray Goins

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Algebraic geometry, number theory, representation theory

  • Weiqing Gu

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Differential geometry, Grassman manifolds

  • Jamie Haddock

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Mathematical data science, optimization, applied convex geometry

  • Johanna Hardin

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Model-based clustering, outlier detection, robust clustering, analysis of microarray data

  • Mark Huber

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Computational probability

  • Mike Izbicki

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Machine learning, high-dimensional probability, computational geometry

  • Jon Jacobsen

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Nonlinear elliptic partial differential equations, fluid dynamics

  • Chiu-Yen Kao

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Numerical analysis and scientific computing

  • Gizem Karaali

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Lie & Hopf algebras, quantum groups, Poisson-Lie structures, combinatorial representation theory

  • Dagan Karp

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Algebraic geometry

  • Adam Landsberg

    Joint Science

    Research Interests

    Scientific modeling of complex systems

  • Ran Libeskind-Hadas

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Computational biology, cophylogenetics, design and analysis of algorithms

  • Haydee Lindo

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Commutative algebra, homological algebra, representation theory

  • Jemma Lorenat

    Pitzer College

    Research Interests

    History of mathematics, geometry

  • Susan Martonosi

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Operations research, applied probability, aviation security

  • John Milton

    Joint Science

    Research Interests

    Computational neuroscience

  • Sam Nelson

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Algebraic topology, knot theory

  • Mohamed Omar

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Combinatorial optimization, graph theory, algebraic geometry

  • Mike O’Neill

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Complex analysis and harmonic analysis

  • Michael Orrison

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Harmonic analysis on finite groups, algebraic voting theory

  • Winston Ou

    Scripps College

    Research Interests

    Harmonic analysis

  • Jeho Park

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    High-performance computing, data science

  • Ami Radunskaya

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Dynamical Systems, stochastic processes, applications of dynamical systems to instrument modeling, sound generation, and interactive composition

  • Animesh Ray

    Keck Graduate Institute

    Research Interests

    Genomics, computational and systems biology

  • Adolfo Rumbos

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Nonlinear analysis, differential equations

  • Ghassan Sarkis

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Number theory and commutative algebra, p-adic formal group

  • Shahriar Shahriari

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Combinatorics, representation theory of finite groups

  • James Sterling

    Keck Graduate Institute

    Research Interests

    Bioengineering, microfluidics

  • Francis Su

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Geometric and topological combinatorics, game theory, mathematical economics

  • Chris Towse

    Scripps College

    Research Interests

    Arithmetic geometry, algebraic number theory, combinatorics

  • Talithia Williams

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Spatial-temporal modeling of rainfall data

  • Helen Wong

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Low-dimensional topology, applications to molecular biology, data analysis, and quantum computation

  • Darryl Yong

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Mathematics education, applied mathematics, perturbation theory, partial differential equations

  • Heather Zinn Brooks

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Applied mathematics, mathematical modeling, complex systems, nonlinear dynamics, network theory, social systems, mathematical biology

Affiliated Faculty

Curriculum

Degree Requirements
A minimum of eight courses (32 units) of graduate math coursework is required, at least five of which (20 units) must be at the 300-level or higher.

Students who lack the prerequisite undergraduate coursework may be asked to complete more than 32 units. At least 20 units of coursework must be gamma courses (300-level and above). A grade of B- or above must be earned in gamma courses.

Students in the master’s program in mathematics, computational and applied mathematics, and statistical sciences may convert one 200-level (beta) course to gamma credit. At the discretion of the IMS Director, in consultation with the student’s academic advisor, more than one conversion may be approved in exceptional cases.

Accelerated Degree Option

Undergraduate students at the Claremont Colleges (Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer) can obtain a graduate degree on an accelerated track through the Claremont Graduate Scholars Program, working toward the master’s requirements simultaneously with the completion of an undergraduate degree. Up to 16 units of transferable credit can be earned upon admission to one of our master’s degree programs. Students are eligible for a minimum fellowship award of $6,500 per semester at CGU, based on 12 units of enrollment. Apply Here

Recent alumni of the Claremont Colleges (Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer) can obtain a graduate degree on an accelerated track through the Claremont Graduate Scholars Program. For alumni who have graduated within the past five years, up to 12 units of transferable credit can be earned upon admission to one of our master’s degree programs. See program-specific details for restrictions on applicable coursework. Students are eligible for a minimum fellowship award of $6,500 per semester at CGU, based on 12 units of enrollment. Apply Here

Resources

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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Partnerships

IMS partnerships expand your academic opportunities and include:

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 2
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes
Standardized Test Scores GRE recommended

Please see the application checklist for more details.
  

Spring 2024
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024



Application Checklist




Cost & Aid

ESTIMATED TUITION (CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS, NON-RESIDENTS, INTERNATIONAL)
Program 32 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.

 

STUDENT FEES (PER SEMESTER)
$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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