The Master of Science program at John Carroll University combines the classical tradition of pure mathematics with the option of coursework in applied mathematics. Faculty are committed to providing close personal attention to students in a high quality academic environment; at John Carroll, student-faculty contact is the norm rather than the exception. ( Note: We are currently not accepting applications for the M.S in Mathematics Program.)

In addition to the regularly scheduled courses, faculty members also offer reading courses on a one-to-one basis in their areas of specialty. Students frequently use the M.S. program as a stepping-stone for further graduate study.


  • Small class size and close working relationship with faculty
  • Opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research projects
  • Graduate assistantships available to full-time students: full tuition waiver plus $9700 stipend per academic year
  • Attractive suburban campus


Entrance requirements include a minimum of seven post-calculus mathematics courses, preferably including abstract algebra, linear algebra and advanced calculus (or real analysis). If you have not taken all of these courses, one or more of them may be taken as part of the program. Normally, applicants should have a minimum 2.8 GPA in mathematics. If you do not meet these criteria, provisional admission may be granted under certain circumstances.


Graduate Assistants assist faculty by grading papers, working in the department tutoring center, and teaching under supervision. Assistants who have an interest in teaching are sometimes given this opportunity in their second year. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis, and normally require at least a 3.0 GPA in mathematics. Assistantship applications completed by March 1 will receive full consideration. Late applications may also be considered, depending on assistantship availability.
Application for admission and assistantship forms are available from the JCU Graduate Studies Office.


Courses open only to graduate students include:

  • Algebra I, II
  • Real Analysis I, II
  • Topology
  • Complex Analysis
  • Differential Geometry
  • Functional Analysis

Your program will include at least six of these courses, complemented by additional courses selected from a wide range of offerings in pure and applied mathematics. Degree requirements include ten courses, a research essay written under the guidance of a faculty member, and a comprehensive exam.