Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences

The M.S. in Mathematical Sciences offers students who hold a bachelor's in mathematics, statistics, or a related fields an opportunity to broaden their knowledge in several fields. The program prepares students for careers in science, education and teaching, business, industry, or government and is an excellent path for those who plan to pursue doctoral studies. Courses are offered synchronously face-to-face and online.

Program Description

This program permits students considerable flexibility in choosing courses. For example, students who want to 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.

All courses in the department's M.S. program are taught via Blackboard Collaborate, an online instructional platform. Therefore each course will contain both face-to-face and distance students. Admission requirements, program requirements, and course listings for face-to-face and distance students are identical. For distance students to succeed in our hybrid distance learning program, it is very important that distance students attend live each lecture via Blackboard Collaborate. The strength of the online graduate program and students' success depend on the live interaction between students and lecturers.

Interested in an online M.S Mathematics program? 

Department Contact

Dr. Jia Liu
Department Chair, Associate Professor

 Phone: (850) 474-3202

Catalog Description

Departmental Program Requirements

Each student must complete a minimum of 30-31 semester hours (sh) of approved course work.

  • Thesis Track: 6 sh of 6000 level credits will be awarded for the thesis.
  • Non-Thesis Track: a Proseminar (1 sh) OR two-semester research course (6 sh) are required.

All candidates will take and pass two comprehensive examinations covering the graduate core courses, Matrix Theory (MAS5145) and Statistical Inference (STA5326).

Undergraduate Prerequisites:

  • MAD4401 - Numerical Analysis OR MAA4212 Advanced Calculus II
  • MAS3105 - Linear Algebra
  • MAP2302 - Differential Equations
  • STA3162C - Applied Statistics

What Makes UWF's Synchronous Online MS in Mathematical Sciences Different?


UWF remains one of the few universities offering a MS in Mathematical Sciences entirely online. The synchronous delivery allows online students to interact with instructors and campus students.

High Quality

Instructors deliver course content according to their specialty. Both campus and online students have opportunities to participate in faculty research.


Our program is designed for working professionals. All courses start at either 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. (CST) during fall and spring semesters. Students have considerable flexibility in choosing courses in statistics, pure mathematics, and applied mathematics.


We offer courses at a lower per-credit-hour rate than other institutions. Online students can receive out-of-state tuition waivers.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*

  • Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
  • Submission of official transcripts
    *International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements

  • Submission of graduate admission tests: GRE (Verbal score at least 150; Quantitative score at least 150)
  • BS in Mathematics or related field; Undergraduate cumulative GPA
  • Due to Covid-19, the Math Department has waived the GRE/GMAT requirement for admission in the fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021 semesters.

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Preferred Application Dates (For Assistantships)
Fall & SummerSpring
February 15 October 1

To ensure consideration for all available graduate funding, applicants should submit applications received by the listed Preferred Application Date. Applications received after these dates will be reviewed for admission, but may not be eligible for funding. Applicants should contact the appropriate graduate coordinator or department chair for more information.

Graduate Application Deadlines
June 1 October 1 March 1

Application deadlines for most graduate programs. Applicants should contact the appropriate graduate coordinator or department chair for more information.