Mathematics and statistics were once thought too difficult to teach in an online environment. However, times and technology have evolved allowing the University of West Florida the ability to offer an online Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences. UWF is the only university in Florida and one of a few in the United States to offer the degree using Collaborate, an online training and collaboration tool.
Through Collaborate, students are able to complete a master's degree in mathematics from any location with Internet access,. Collaborate allows students to listen to live lectures, show examples to instructors, ask questions in real time and chat with classmates.
Unlike traditional online courses, all courses offered through the master's in mathematical sciences program are taught in tandem with face-to-face courses. Online students must log-on to the Internet at designated class times. For each class, a group of students will be sitting in a brick-and-mortar classroom, while many other students participate in the same course over the Internet. Two-way audio and video enables live interaction between the instructor and the online students. Read more on student reaction and the flexibility offered by using Collaborate. More information about Collaborate.
The M.S. program offers students who hold the bachelors in mathematics, statistics or related fields an opportunity to broaden their knowledge in several fields of mathematics, statistics, and their applications. The program is designed for students seeking careers in science, business, industry, or government; for students who want to teach in high schools or at the community college level; or for students who plan to pursue doctoral studies.
The M.S. program offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics permits students considerable flexibility in choosing courses. For example, students seeking careers in financial/investment industries, banks, insurance companies, or government may choose more statistics courses that emphasize the use, adoption, and development of statistical methods and state-of-the-art computer technology in the analysis of data from problems in all fields of study.