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What will I learn?

The objective of the Master of Arts program is to prepare students for research, teaching and other professional careers in mathematics and applied mathematics, respectively. In addition to the algebra requirement and differential geometry/topology option for the Master of Arts in Mathematics, the two programs differ in emphasis: the Master of Arts in Mathematics emphasizes the core courses in pure mathematics, and the Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics emphasizes courses in mathematics and affiliated fields that are fundamental in applied mathematics.

Relationship to PhD Programs in Mathematics and in Applied Mathematics

The two year MA program is an expansion of the first year of graduate studies in the PhD program in mathematics (respectively, the PhD program in applied mathematics). The program provides a rigorous foundation in mathematics (applied mathematics) while affording students additional time for preparatory training. The comprehensive examinations for the MA program can serve as the preliminary qualifying examination for either PhD program, or the written PhD qualifying examinations serve as comprehensive examinations for the corresponding Master of Arts degree.

Which department am I in?

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$57,256.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

Students must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants to master's programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score.

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


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