College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Degrees & Certificates

Master of Science degree programs

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers three graduate degree programs --- an M.S. with a major in mathematics, an M.S. with a major in applied mathematics/operations research, and a Master of Arts in Teaching. We also offer a graduate certificate program in applied statistics.

Each M.S. program has flexibility, so you can tailor it to your needs while meeting the requirements, which are described briefly below and in more detail on the tabs above. Neither requires a thesis or knowledge of a foreign language. The programs are structured so they can be completed by part-time students who attend classes only in the evening. These part-time students normally complete a degree program in three to five years. Full-time students with good preparation normally complete a master's degree in two years. All of the courses are offered starting 4:30 p.m. or later, two days a week

Even if you are not interested in a degree or certificate program, you may take graduate courses offered by the department.

Math Graduate Course News

Below you can also get information on how to apply for admission, create a plan of study, seek a teaching assistantship, and other helpful links

Brief Program Descriptions

M.S. with a major in mathematics [ top ]
If you are interested in a traditional mathematics master's program, the first of these programs is more appropriate. It is also the best choice for secondary-school mathematics teachers or prospective Ph.D. students. 

M.S. with a major in applied mathematics/operations research [ top ]
If you are, or plan to be, employed in a business or industry that requires significant mathematics, you should choose the second master's program, which incorporates applied mathematics into a curriculum based on a sound mathematical foundation.

Master of Arts in Teaching [ top ]
The master’s program in mathematics education is a 33 credit hour cohort program, carefully designed to provide professional growth for middle and secondary school mathematics teachers by scaffolding and intertwining theory and practice in mathematics education across four academic-year semesters and two summer sessions. 

Graduate Certificates [ top ]
The Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics is designed to give engineers and technical managers the statistical knowledge and experience needed for good planning and quality control.


Additional Information

Get started by contacting the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Indiana University - Purdue University at Fort Wayne, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499, or call 260-481-6821, or send email to Doug Weakley, weakley (at) ipfw.edu.  The director of the MAT program is Dr. Sue Mau, MauS (at) ipfw.edu.

Admission [ top ]

Students are required to apply online and should also discuss admission into a degree program with the Director of Graduate Programs, Prof. Doug Weakley, at 260-481-6233 or e-mail weakley (at) ipfw.edu.

Plan of Study [ top ]

When you have been admitted to a degree program, your advisor will help you design a plan of study that fulfills the degree requirements while meeting your own needs. Your plan of study must be approved by your advisory committee and the Graduate School.

Teaching Assistantships [ top ]

A limited number of half-time teaching assistantships (with the title graduate aide) are available. Contact the department chair for details.

Chair: Prof. Peter Dragnev
Office: Kettler 200 (second floor)
Phone: 260-481-6821
E-mail: mathinfo (at) ipfw.edu
Fax: 260-481-6880

Helpful Links [ top ]


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