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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Master's
Steve Cohen
, Graduate Director; Associate Professor
Melanie Pivarski
, Department Chair for the Mathematics, Economics, and Actuarial Science Department; Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences Graduate Admission

What Differentiates Us

Small Classes

Small Classes

Classes are small, with 10-25 students, which means you’ll receive personal attention.

Practical Experience

Practical Experience

Students complete projects with real data to determine results for industry partners.

Expectations & Requirements


As a mathematics graduate student, you will choose from the following concentrations:

  • Statistics: This concentration prepares graduates for diverse jobs including medical research, drug testing, environment risk assessment, quality assurance, and economic forecasting. Students interested in applying statistics to other fields have the option to combine at least 24 hours of mathematics coursework with up to nine hours in a cognate field (such as biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, education, finance, psychology, or sociology) for a total of 33 semester hours. Students who concentrate in statistics will prepare for teaching in community college, a career in industry, or for a PhD program.
  • Computer Science: This concentration allows students with an interest in mathematics and computing to combine at least 18 hours of mathematics coursework with up to 15 hours in computer science for a total of 33 semester hours.

Students who are interested in actuarial science can pursue an MS in Actuarial Science degree, which prepares students for certification by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS).


Companies Where Our Alumni Launch Their Careers

Alumni have launched careers at:

  • Aetna
  • College of Lake County
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • Milliman
  • Prudential
  • Social Security Administration
  • Towers Watson
  • Zurich Insurance
Career Options

Our recent alumni have held job titles including actuary, actuarial analyst, QA analyst, data analyst, financial analyst, predictive modeler, instructor, senior analytics consultant, senior associate, quality assurance and underwriter.

Prepare for Doctoral Work

Other alumni have gone on to doctoral work at schools such as the University of Illinois at Chicago and have pursued doctoral degrees in mathematics education and statistics.

More Opportunities

Clubs & Activities

We offer an active Math Club, a colloquium series in mathematics and statistics (view past colloquiums), a day-long conference (the Math x-Position) each fall, and the Roosevelt Lectures in Math each spring. Students frequently attend and present at conferences.


"I was born and raised in Florida and never had the opportunity to live in a big city. The program was great when I was there and has even gotten better."
Vincent Dang - MS '14
"Many problems in the world have a quantitative aspect to them. Through a master's degree in mathematics, you can develop advanced techniques to help you understand, model and solve them. A master's degree can also let you pass these skills on to others."
Melanie Pivarski
Associate Professor and Chair, Mathematics​, Roosevelt University

Admission Info

All students must complete three semesters of calculus (including multivariate calculus) and linear algebra prior to being admitted.  ​The remaining prerequisite coursework varies by concentration and can be taken concurrently with graduate courses (if needed).

Prerequisites to the concentrations:

  • Statistics: introductory statistics, discrete structures or introduction to proof, and calculus-based probability or mathematical analysis.
  • Computer Science: programming, discrete structures or introduction to proof, and calculus-based probability or mathematical analysis.

Students who need linear algebra, multivariate calculus, intro programming, accounting, or introduction to statistics may fulfill these requirements at community college.

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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement.