Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences

Take your mathematical skills to the next level. Our program offers flexible study options, small class sizes and expert faculty guidance. Choose a concentration in Mathematics or Statistics and unlock new career opportunities.

The Master of Science in mathematical sciences program at the College of Charleston provides high-quality graduate-level education in mathematics and statistics. Our program is designed to prepare you for careers in various sectors.

You may pursue fields including industry, academia, government and doctoral studies.

As a student, you'll benefit from our small class sizes that provide personalized attention. Take the opportunity to collaborate closely with faculty members on research projects. Our esteemed mathematics faculty is actively involved in diverse research areas. You will receive a comprehensive education.

At College of Charleston, we are proud of the accolades our program, school and college have earned, making us a top choice for students pursuing advanced studies in mathematical sciences.

Why Earn Your M.S. in Mathematical Sciences at the College of Charleston?

  1. Flexible Study Options: Our program offers full and part-time study, with courses scheduled in the late afternoon and evening, catering to working professionals.

  2. Personalized Attention: Benefit from small class sizes and work closely with faculty members on research projects, enhancing your learning experience.

  3. Career Advancement: Our program prepares you for immediate employment and career advancement in industry, education or government.

  4. Certificates Earned Simultaneously: The Mathematical Sciences Graduate Program independently offers certificates in Operations Research and Statistics. Students earning a master’s degree can easily “add on” these certificates as an indication to potential employers of specialization in these highly desirable subjects.

  5. Doctoral Program Preparation: Our program is beneficial for students who want to earn a doctorate but are not yet ready. Whether the student has changed specialties, come from a small school with limited offerings in the mathematics sciences, or simply did not perform up to their potential as an undergraduate, we have a proven track record of helping such students get accepted into doctoral programs at other institutions.

  6. The Option of Continuing for a Doctorate at College of Charleston: As of summer 2023, the College of Charleston now offers a PhD in “Mathematics with Computation”. Unlike most other doctoral programs, ours is designed for students who already have a master’s degree in the mathematical sciences, making staying at College of Charleston for a PhD a great option for our alumni!

Careers & Outcomes

Our graduates have gone on to work in various fields. A few examples include: 

  • Data Scientist, Naval Information Warfare Center - Atlantic
  • Risk Technology Team, Citibank
  • Math Lab Director, St. Edwards University
  • Applied Mathematician, Boeing
  • Professor, Washington and Lee University
  • Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Director of Survey and Accreditation Research, College of Charleston

“When I talked to the Math department, I felt welcome and a sense of community. I was impressed with their quality and convenient program. I was a little nervous after not taking college level math classes in eight years, but the welcoming and supportive professors and the student body quickly put me at ease.” - Michael Del Vecchio ‘16

How to Apply

The entire application process is online. The documents outlined below are required components of the application. A file is not complete until all documents have been submitted and processed, so read carefully and prepare your application materials in advance of applying.
  • Dates & Deadlines


    • Priority deadline - January 15
    • Final deadline - July 1


    • Priority deadline - November 1
    • Final deadline - December 1 
  • Application Process

    To apply to the Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences program, follow these steps: 

    1. Complete the online application form and submit the nonrefundable application fee of $60. 
    2. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework. 
    3. Provide a brief statement of your goals. 
    4. Request two letters of recommendation from former professors or immediate superiors in recent employment. 
    Candidates who submit a completed application by the priority deadline will automatically be considered for Graduate School and/or graduate program funding.
  • Admission Criteria

    To be eligible for admission to the program, you should meet the following requirements: 

    • A bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences or a major with a strong mathematical background, with a minimum GPA of 3.000 in upper division mathematics and statistics courses. 
    • You should have completed courses in multivariate calculus, linear algebra, a course in mathematical proof/logic, and at least one additional upper level course in mathematics or statistics. Applicants with deficiencies in prerequisites for required courses in their chosen concentration will still be considered but may need to make up any deficiencies.