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What will I learn?

The Department of Mathematics takes seriously three aspects of mathematics within its graduate training: 1) Applied Mathematics: mathematicians help directly in the solution of problems which arise in other areas of human endeavor, 2) Mathematical Education: training others how to develop solutions on their own, and 3) Pure Mathematics: they expand the reach and clarify the understanding of mathematical thought itself.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a MA in Mathematics should be able to:

Core Knowledge

  • Demonstrate a mastery in Algebra and Mathematical Analysis to a level commensurate with current standards in mathematics, including groups, rings, fields, linear algebra, real analysis, and complex analysis (Area Requirements Option).
  • Demonstrate mastery of Mathematics at an advanced undergraduate level in linear algebra, real and complex analysis (Thesis Option).

Research Methods and Analysis

  • Conduct primary research literature searches in their chosen subfield (Thesis Option).
  • Use pure mathematical or applied methods to understand some aspect of the frontiers of mathematical knowledge.
  • Students will be able to plan and execute a research project, analyze relevant findings, and organize results into a coherent argument (Thesis Option).


Communicate mathematical concepts to a variety of audiences.

Scholarly Communication

Communicate effectively the results of their research to professionals within their subfield, and within the broader mathematics community, through both oral presentation and written work (Thesis Option).

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (A total of 42.0 units are required for the M.A. program)

Tuition fees
US$15,102.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


College of Letters and Science

2217 Cheadle Hall, MC 2080,

University of California, Santa Barbara,



93106, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students applying to the graduate program must possess a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution or equivalent, have a strong background in women's, gender, or feminist studies, and evidence of potential for excellence in research, analysis, and oral and written communication. Candidates should have at least a 3.3 grade point average

For international students

Applicants to the master’s programs must hold a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a closely related field.

TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable).

Fall Only: January 2

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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