Mathematics, M.A.


For admission into the M.S., M.A., M.M., or Ph.D. degree programs, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an approved institution and should have an undergraduate foundation in mathematics equivalent to that of a major in mathematics at the University of South Carolina. A minimum B (3.0) average in all college-level math courses is required for full admission.

Applicants should submit an official transcript from each school or college previously attended, and at least two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their abilities in mathematics. Applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit a satisfactory score on the iBT TOEFL exam. The minimum score for admission to the program is 80. 

Application and materials should be submitted online at, or be mailed to:

The Graduate School
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Degree Requirements (30 Hours)

The M.A. degree requires 30 approved semester hours of graduate mathematics course work. All courses in the student's program must be numbered 700 and above and must include one Mathematics Ph.D qualifying exam sequence and one course in one of the other qualifying exam sequences. A "master's pass" or "pass" is required in one Mathematics Ph.D qualifying exam.