Master of Science in Mathematics

The Master of Science in Mathematics program is specifically designed for working students wanting to return to the classroom and earn a graduate degree, e.g., the high school math teacher or the recent undergraduate with a mathematics degree.

The program will expand you professionally as a mathematician.  If you are a teacher, you will be qualified to teach College Algebra, Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Introduction to Statistics for dual credit.  You will be able to teach at the community college level by combining your teaching experience and 33 graduate hours in mathematics that you earn in the program.

If you have a recent undergraduate degree in mathematics, the program will prepare you for additional graduate studies and give you professional qualifications for potential advancement in your work.

To allow you to continue working while attending classes in the program, the classes are scheduled online with video conferencing over three summers and two intervening school years.  The majority of the required course work is offered during three consecutive summers.

While maintaining flexibility to fit each class, students meet on-campus at Hardin-Simmons for one or two weekend days at the beginning of the summer semesters to build relationships with the program faculty and other graduate students.

During the summer, lectures and instructional material are online with scheduled video conference meetings. In these meetings, students present their work and learn from each other. Online meetings with faculty are also scheduled. At the end of the summer semester, students again meet on campus for one or two weekend days to present final projects, intensive reviewing for the final, and taking the final exam.

During the traditional school year, students take one class during the fall and one class during the spring. Again, lectures and instructional material are online with scheduled video conference meetings during the evenings or weekends.

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Dr. Patrick Miller

Professor of Mathematics 325-670-1393


  • Master of Science, Mathematics (M.S.)

Why earn a Master of Science in Mathematics at HSU?

Professional Advancement

Potential for you to advance as a working professional. As a high school teacher, opportunity for you to offer dual credit or be a part-time, or even full-time professor, at a community college.

Online Courses

Focused on personal attention, and allows you to study from home. The courses are online with video conferencing. You can attend classes from your home, reducing the cost and time away from family, plus no interference with your full-time work schedule.

Summer Schedule

Most of the required coursework is during the summer. Students spend at most four weekend days on campus. The rest of time is at home attending regularly scheduled online meetings using video conferencing.

Program Details

The program’s 33 graduate credit hours provide a solid foundation in mathematics. Graduates will be well qualified to teach College Algebra, Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Introduction to Statistics for dual credit and at the college level.

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Topology
  • Advanced Topics of Calculus I and II
  • Linear Algebra
  • Real Analysis I and II
  • Mathematical Statistics I and II
  • Mathematical Modeling I and II

Three Major Focuses of the Program

Real Analysis I and II: Real Analysis is the typical foundation of advanced mathematics found in most graduate programs across the United States.

Mathematical Modeling with Differential Equations I and II: Much of mathematics was developed to solve a specific problem, which is the focus of applied mathematics. To apply mathematics correctly, one must understand and develop the necessary theory. The goal is not the development of mathematics, but the correct and appropriate applications of mathematics.

Mathematical Statistics I and II: To teach or use statistics, a strong understanding of the theory of statistics is required. Mathematical Statistics focuses on the mathematical foundations of statistics typically taught at the undergraduate level.

Admission into the graduate program requires the program director’s endorsement, which will be based on an evaluation of the following elements:

  1. An undergraduate degree in mathematics or closely related field, from a regionally accredited college or university, with an accumulative GPA in mathematics of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale is recommended. An official transcript is required. If the degree was not earned within the last three years, the applicant must demonstrate they currently posses a strong working knowledge of calculus and the ability to handle upper level undergraduate mathematical thought, including proofs.
  2. Graduate Record Exam scores for the verbal and quantitative subsets at the 50th percentile or higher.
  3. Two letters of recommendation discussing the applicant’s ability to do graduate work in mathematics while teaching full time.
  4. An interview with Program Director.

The purpose of admission requirements is to ensure that the applicant demonstrates a strong potential and ability in mathematics so she/he will be likely to succeed in a graduate level mathematics program while teaching full time. The Department of Mathematics realizes such potential and ability may be demonstrated in a variety of ways.We encourage all applicants to discuss their application to the program with the Department of Mathematics.

As a graduate of the Master of Science in Mathematics, you will be prepared for additional graduate studies in mathematics.

If you are a teacher, you will be qualified to teach College Algebra, Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Introduction to Statistics for dual credit and at the community college level.