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What will I learn?

The Master of Science Program in Mathematics at California State University San Marcos is designed to provide breadth of exposure to mathematics and enhance the intellectual attitudes and the analytic skills needed for the comprehension, appreciation, creation, and application of mathematics. There are also opportunities for students to pursue computational aspects of mathematics and fertile connections between branches of mathematics both in coursework and in thesis work.

Graduates will be prepared for a wide range of career opportunities as the skills and attitudes fostered in the program are in demand in academe, business, government, and industry. In particular, graduates will be well-prepared to teach in community colleges, and some four-year colleges. They will be prepared to enter a doctoral program in mathematics or mathematical education. The curriculum is also designed for secondary teachers seeking professional growth and improved content knowledge. The computational and applicable mathematics mastered by students will offer graduates training for careers as mathematical scientists in business, government, and industry. There are some opportunities for students to teach undergraduates and assist faculty in their scholarly activity.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Mathematics will be able to:

Apply advanced concepts of algebra.

Apply advanced concepts of analysis.

Compose and present extended passages of mathematical prose following modern conventions.

Develop and write mathematical proofs in advanced areas of mathematics.

Develop and analyze mathematical models and algorithms, utilizing appropriate software and drawing from different fields of mathematics when necessary.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Mathematics (CSM)

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,640.00 per year
Local Fees: USD $1,970
Start date

23 January 2023


College of Science and Mathematics (CSM)

Craven Hall 6211,

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road,



92096, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree from an institution that meets our accreditation standards, Overall 2.5 GPA or higher in the overall degree or last 60 units attempted.

For international students

Admission to the program requires an undergraduate major in mathematics or related field (such as computer science) which includes the equivalent of the following four key courses with a grade of B or higher: (1) MATH 374 - Linear Algebra, (2) MATH 430 - Foundations of Analysis, (3) MATH 470 - Introduction to Abstract Algebra, and (4) an additional senior-level proof-based mathematics course. Admission also requires a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in the last sixty (60) units attempted at the undergraduate level, and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the last thirty (30) units of the undergraduate major. Students who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted with conditionally classified graduate status, but the units earned to remove these deficiencies may not be used toward the California State University San Marcos Master of Science in Mathematics.

Satisfy English Language Proficiency Requirement for admission purposes with one of the following:

TOEFL score of 80 iBT

IELTS overall band score of 6.0, writing score no lower than 6.0 and no section score below 5.5

Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE)–certificate awarded with a Cambridge English score of 180 or higher.

Duolingo score of 110

Application Deadlines:

To be considered for Fall admissions, complete applications should be received by: March 15

To be considered for Spring admissions, complete applications should be received by: October 31

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


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