The Mathematics MS degree curriculum at The University of Texas at Dallas offers a balanced list of applied and theoretical courses and attractive electives. To satisfy the degree requirements, the Mathematical Sciences Department currently offers a choice between four tracks:

**Mathematics track:** Students who choose this option pursue courses in the pillars of mathematics. Graduates may pursue a PhD in Mathematics or jobs in the industry requiring sophisticated mathematical skills.

**Applied Mathematics track:** Students who choose this option pursue courses in foundational mathematics and its modern applications. Graduates may pursue a PhD in mathematically oriented science or jobs in industry requiring sophisticated mathematical skills.

**Mathematics for Decision and Engineering Sciences:** Students who choose this option pursue courses in foundational mathematics and its applications in finance, decision sciences, and engineering. Graduates may pursue a PhD in mathematically oriented science or jobs in finance and engineering sectors.

**Data Science track:** Students who choose this interdisciplinary track take a balanced mix of courses in statistics, computer science and mathematics in order to become a data scientist and take on the challenges of Big Data. Upon graduation, these students seek employment or may continue into a PhD program in data science.

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Mathematics

Catalog page: MS

GPA: One of the components of a student's academic history which is evaluated when the student is seeking admission to the graduate program is his/her performance on certain standardized tests. Since these tests are designed to indicate only the student's potential for graduate study, they are used in conjunction with other measures of student proficiency, such as GPA (grade point average), etc., in determining the admission status of a potential graduate student. Accordingly, there is no rigid minimum cutoff score for admission to the program.

Test score required: Yes

Most applicants admitted to either the MS or PhD programs have GRE scores of at least 143 verbal, 155 quantitative, and 310 combined. However, exceptions are made in some cases when other credentials are especially strong. Higher standards prevail for applicants seeking Teaching Assistantships.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: professional in industry, government, consulting firm or financial firm, and teacher in community college. Available emphases allow candidates to tailor their future careers by having targeted their educational background to their subdiscipline of choice. The job of a mathematician consistently appears among the top jobs in the rankings of 200 jobs by CareerCast’s Jobs Rated Almanac based upon factors such as work environment, income, hiring outlook and stress.

For more information about careers in mathematics, view the career page of American Mathematical Society at http://www.ams.org/profession/career-info/career-index.

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.