This program provides exciting opportunities for students interested in mathematics. Students are encouraged to select an optional concentration in Actuarial Mathematics (ACTM), Applied Mathematics (AMT), or Mathematical Statistics (MTHS). Students who do not select a concentration study traditional mathematics.

Teacher Licensure

Students who wish to become teachers and plan to seek teacher licensure should consider the following options:

Interested students should attend an information session early in their studies. For more information, visit the Graduate School of Education's website.

Admissions

University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Undergraduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.

Policies

Students must fulfill all Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, including the Mason Core.

MATH 300 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics meets the writing intensive requirement for this major.

For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Graduating seniors are required to have an exit interview.

Language Proficiency Recommendation

The department recommends proficiency in French, German, or Russian.

Course Recommendations and Policies

A maximum of 6 credits of grades below 2.00 in coursework designated MATH or STAT may be applied toward the major.

Students intending to enter graduate school in mathematics are strongly advised to take MATH 315 Advanced Calculus I and MATH 321 Abstract Algebra.

Students may not receive credit for both MATH 214 Elementary Differential Equations and MATH 216 Theory of Differential Equations; both MATH 213 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III and MATH 215 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (Honors); both MATH 351 Probability and STAT 344 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I; and both MATH 352 Statistics and STAT 354 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II.

After receiving a grade of 'C' or better in one of the courses listed below on the left, students may not receive credit for the corresponding course on the right:

Course May Not Receive Credit for
MATH 113 or MATH 123 MATH 105 or MATH 108
MATH 351 or STAT 344 MATH 110
MATH 441 MATH 111
MATH 125 MATH 112

Banner Code: SC-BS-MATH

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

In addition to the mathematics core, science, and computational skills requirements, students may select an optional concentration in Actuarial Mathematics (ACTM), Applied Mathematics (AMT) or Mathematical Statistics (MTHS).

Mathematics Core

MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH 203Linear Algebra3
MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
or MATH 215 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (Honors)
MATH 214Elementary Differential Equations3
or MATH 216 Theory of Differential Equations
MATH 300Introduction to Advanced Mathematics 13
MATH 322Advanced Linear Algebra3
Total Credits23

Science

Select a one-year sequence of a laboratory science from the following courses:8-9
Biology Sequence:
Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)
Choose one from the following:
BioDiversity
Foundations of Ecology and Evolution
General Genetics
Chemistry Sequence:
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
Geology Sequence:
Introductory Geology I (Mason Core)
Introductory Geology II (Mason Core)
Physics Sequence:
University Physics I (Mason Core)
and University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)
University Physics II (Mason Core)
and University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)
Total Credits8-9

Computational Skills

CS 112Introduction to Computer Programming4
Total Credits4

BS without Concentration

In addition to the mathematics core, science, and computational skills requirements listed above, students who are not choosing a concentration must complete the following coursework:

Traditional Mathematics
MATH 125Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)3
MATH 315Advanced Calculus I3
MATH 316Advanced Calculus II3
MATH 321Abstract Algebra3
or MATH 431 Topology
Select 12 additional credits of MATH courses numbered above 300 112
Additional Science
Select additional science credits from one of the following three options:4-9
A second sequence from the choices under "Science" above
6 credits from more advanced courses in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics 2
The 4-credit option of PHYS 262 and PHYS 263
Total Credits28-33

Concentration in Actuarial Mathematics (ACTM)

This concentration provides exciting opportunities for students interested in studying actuarial mathematics. Expertise in this field leads directly into a career as a practicing actuary with an insurance company, consulting firm, or in government employment.

ACTM Courses
MATH 125Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)3
MATH 351Probability3
MATH 352Statistics3
MATH 551Regression and Time Series3
MATH 554Financial Mathematics3
MATH 555Actuarial Modeling I3
MATH 557Financial Derivatives3
ACCT 203Survey of Accounting3
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
ECON 306Intermediate Microeconomics 13
or ECON 310 Money and Banking
or FNAN 321 Financial Institutions
STAT 362Introduction to Computer Statistical Packages3
Select two from the following:6
Deterministic Operations Research
Stochastic Operations Research
Numerical Analysis I
Advanced Mathematical Statistics
Total Credits39

Concentration in Applied Mathematics (AMT)

This concentration provides exciting opportunities for students interested in taking additional classes on applied mathematics. The concentration prepares numerical analysts able to deal with real world applications in science and engineering.

AMT Courses
MATH 125Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)3
MATH 315Advanced Calculus I3
MATH 351Probability3
MATH 413Modern Applied Mathematics I3
MATH 414Modern Applied Mathematics II3
MATH 446Numerical Analysis I3
Select 6 credits of MATH courses numbered above 300 16
Additional Science Courses
Select additional science credits from one of the following three options:4-9
A second sequence from the choices under "Science" above
6 credits from more advanced courses in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics 2
The 4-credit option of PHYS 262 and PHYS 263
Total Credits28-33

Concentration in Mathematical Statistics (MTHS)

This concentration provides exciting opportunities for students interested in taking additional classes on statistics and data analysis. The concentration prepares data analysts able to deal with real world applications in science and engineering.   

MTHS Courses
MATH 125Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)3
MATH 315Advanced Calculus I3
MATH 351Probability3
MATH 352Statistics3
MATH 453Advanced Mathematical Statistics3
MATH 551Regression and Time Series3
STAT 362Introduction to Computer Statistical Packages3
Select one from:3
Introduction to Statistical Practice I
Introductory Statistics II
Introduction to Statistical Practice II
Select two from the following:6
Experimental Design
Introduction to Biostatistics
Applied Multivariate Statistics
Introduction to Exploratory Data Analysis
Nonparametric Statistics and Categorical Data Analysis
Introduction to Statistical Learning
Introduction to Survey Sampling
Additional Science Courses
Select additional science credits from one of the following options:3-4
Choose 3 credits from more advanced courses in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics 1
Choose the 4 credit option of PHYS 262 and PHYS 263
Total Credits33-34

Mason Core and Elective Credits

In order to meet a minimum of 120 credits, this degree requires additional credits (specific credit counts by concentration are shown below), which may be applied toward any remaining Mason Core requirements (outlined below), Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, and elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors to ensure that they fulfill all requirements.

  • Without concentration: 51-57 credits
  • ACTM concentration: 45-46 credits
  • AMT concentration: 51-57 credits
  • MTHS concentration: 50-52 credits

Mason Core

Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication (ENGH 101)3
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology and Computing3
Exploration Requirements
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Literature3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Integration Requirements
Written Communications (ENGH 302)3
Writing-Intensive 13
Synthesis/Capstone 23
Total Credits40

Honors in the Major

Eligibility

Mathematics majors who have maintained a GPA of at least 3.50 in mathematics courses and a GPA of 3.50 in all courses taken at George Mason University may apply to the departmental honors program upon completion of two MATH courses at the 300+ level (excluding MATH 400 History of Math (Topic Varies) (Mason Core)), at least one of which has MATH 300 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics as a prerequisite. Admission to the program will be monitored by the undergraduate committee.

Honors Requirements

To graduate with honors in mathematics, a student is required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.50 in mathematics courses and successfully complete MATH 405 Honors Thesis in Mathematics I and MATH 406 RS: Honors Thesis in Mathematics II with an average GPA of at least 3.50 in these two courses.

Mathematics, BA or BS/Curriculum and Instruction, Accelerated MEd, (Secondary Education Mathematics concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA or BS in Mathematics and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (concentration in secondary education mathematics) in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of 149 credits. See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

This accelerated option is offered jointly by the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Graduate School of Education.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies. For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students complete the following courses in their senior year:

Senior
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
SEED 5723EDRD 6193
SEED 5403SEED 6723
 6 6
Total Credits 12

Alternative course options are available for students who begin their program in the spring. Students should contact the coordinator for the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree program in the College of Education and Human Development.

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students are able to apply two of the courses listed above to both the bachelor's and master's degrees. These courses are considered advanced standing for the MEd. A minimum grade of B must be earned to be eligible to count as advanced standing. The other two courses are taken as reserve graduate credit and do not apply to the undergraduate degree. Early in their final undergraduate semester, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to the CEHD Admissions Office and specify which of the four courses are to be designated as advanced standing and reserve graduate credit.

Mathematics, BA or BS/Mathematics, Accelerated MS

Overview

This degree program allows academically strong Mathematics, BA and Mathematics, BS students to obtain their bachelor's and a Mathematics, MS by successfully completing 144 credits. Well-prepared students may be admitted to this program after the completion of 90 undergraduate credits. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor's degree and with satisfactory graduate-level performance (3.00 GPA) in graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the Mathematics, MS program and complete an additional 24 credits to receive the master's degree.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admission Policies. Application information for this accelerated master's program can be found on the Department of Mathematical Sciences website.

Successful applicants will have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00. Additionally, they will have completed the following courses with a GPA of 3.00 or higher: MATH 315 Advanced Calculus IMATH 321 Abstract Algebra, and MATH 322 Advanced Linear Algebra.

Accelerated Option Requirements

At the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must submit a bachelor's/accelerated master's transition form (available from the Office of the University Registrar) to the College of Science's Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Students must begin their master's program in the semester immediately following conferral of the bachelor's degree.

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher in graduate coursework.

Reserve Graduate Credit

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program. Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

BS (selected)/Statistical Science, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in BS programs have the option of applying to the accelerated Statistical Science, MS program.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

No specific undergraduate BS degree is required.  Students enrolled in any BS degree may apply to the accelerated Statistical Science, MS program if such an accelerated Statistical Science, MS pathway is allowable from the student's BS program, which will be determined by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs; and if they have earned 90 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of 3.00. Students must have successfully completed the following Mason courses each with a grade of C or better prior to admission to the accelerated program:

MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
MATH 203Linear Algebra3
or MATH 321 Abstract Algebra
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
or STAT 344 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
STAT 346Probability for Engineers3
or MATH 351 Probability
STAT 362Introduction to Computer Statistical Packages3

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students must complete all credits satisfying degree requirements for the BS and MS programs, with 6 credits overlap chosen from the following courses: STAT 515 Applied Statistics and Visualization for Analytics, STAT 544 Applied ProbabilitySTAT 554 Applied Statistics I, STAT 560 Biostatistical Methods, and STAT 574 Survey Sampling I.  (Credit may not be received for both STAT 474 and STAT 574; nor for both STAT 460 and STAT 560.) The graduate courses selected for overlap must be approved by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs.  All graduate course prerequisties must be completed prior to enrollment.  Each graduate course must be completed with a grade of B or better to apply toward the MS degree.

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program.  Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form that is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar and Graduate Recruitment and Enrollment Services. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.