Mathematics Certificate


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The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics provides a strong mathematical background to students pursuing employment or further study in a variety of quantitative fields. The program is well suited to those planning to pursue future study in economics, mathematics or finance.

Application Deadline: July 1 (fall admission); November 1 (spring admission)



Rigorous Approach

Many of the courses that make up this program are theoretical rather than computational. Those with no prior exposure to mathematical proofs may want to take a basic proof-oriented course before enrolling in the program. Students are encouraged to consult the certificate program director on this point.

We recommend meeting with the certificate program director for guidance on the program, including planning a possible program of study. The program of study is an informal plan that can help ensure that the courses you take meet your interests and match the department's long-term course rotation plan (PDF).


Course Requirements

This program consists of four graduate-level courses: two required courses and two electives.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including 6 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.

MATH 6201Real Analysis I
MATH 6202Real Analysis II
Two of the following:
MATH 6214Measure and Integration Theory
MATH 6215Introduction to Functional Analysis
MATH 6318Applied Mathematics I
MATH 6319Applied Mathematics II
MATH 6810General Topology

Alternate courses may be selected in consultation with the certificate advisor.

If it is academically appropriate and fits a student's career goals, the department may approve variations to the program requirements. For instance, in place of one of the standard options, a different course in mathematics or in a related field (e.g., statistics or economics) may be accepted. 

GPA Requirement

Students in a certificate program must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0. No course in which a grade below 2.0 is earned will count toward the certificate. All requirements must be completed within a three-year period, unless an exception is granted by the department.


Certificate Completion Process

During their final semester, certificate students must fill out a Certificate Completion Form (PDF) to declare candidacy. Find due dates for certificate completion on the Registrar's website. A student must be registered for the semester or summer session immediately prior to the certificate completion date, and must complete all requirements by the last day of final exams for that semester or summer session.

Applying to Another Mathematics Program After the Certificate

Students who are admitted to the Mathematics Department master’s or PhD program within two years of completing the certificate may transfer credits for any courses completed for the certificate program that earned a grade of B or higher. The application fee for the PhD program will also be waived for students who apply while enrolled in the certificate program.