Mathematics

 

Graduate Certificate | Mathematics

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) at NC State University provides excellent opportunities for practicing engineers, teachers and other mathematical professionals to stay well-versed of advances in the field of mathematics. While our Graduate Certificate in Mathematics can be completed entirely online, if you wish you may include on-campus courses, allowing you to reflect your learning style and interests.

Although not a graduate degree, the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics may satisfy your professional development needs. Should you later decide to pursue a graduate degree, coursework from this program may transfer. However, successful completion of this graduate certificate does not guarantee admission to a graduate degree program.

Eligibility

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics online program, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Hold a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited undergraduate mathematics program with a GPA ≥ 3.0/4.0 or an overall GPA ≥ 2.8 and a major GPA ≥ 3.0.
  • Be a degree student in good standing in a NC State University graduate program.

Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirements may be admitted provisionally based on relevant work experience and/or educational background. Students who are admitted provisionally must complete two of the courses required for the program with a grade of B or higher in each course in order obtain full admission. Contact the program coordinator Dr. Bevin Maultsbyfor details.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Final transcript of baccalaureate program
  2. Transcript of post-baccalaureate coursework
  3. Personal statement of reasons for pursuing the program

Current NC State University graduate students may submit a copy of their graduate school application and a personal statement of reasons for pursuing the program.

Cost

This 12-credit graduate program includes four three-credit graduate courses (students may use one undergraduate-level course if they desire, thereby reducing cost). At 2019-20 tuition rates, the cost of MA (mathematics) graduate courses is $462 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,311 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $5,544 for North Carolina residents and $15,732 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

Students take a combination of graduate and undergraduate mathematics courses that are tailored to the individual student. The certificate requires 12 hours of mathematics courses, taken for a grade at NC State. There is no specific list of courses for the certificate.

Of the 12 credits, 3 credits may be at the 400 (undergraduate) level; approval of the program director is required. The other 9 credits will be at the 500 (graduate) level or above. Students must complete at least one course per semester to remain in good standing. Students who have been out of school for some time or who need extra preparation before graduate courses may need to take additional 300- or 400-level courses prior to the 500-level courses. A grade of C- is required for a course to count toward the certificate. A 3.0 GPA (B average) is required to earn the certificate.

Career Prospects

Mathematical skills are in high demand. Getting advanced training in mathematics equips you for a rewarding career in fields like education or engineering.

An increasing number of employers and government agencies rely on mathematical optimization, modeling, and analytics. Courses at NC State cover topics directly relevant to these mathematical challenges, from computational methods and approximation to abstraction, analysis, and cryptography. Our graduates hold positions in all levels of academia, in governmental agencies like the NSA, in national laboratories, and in the private sector.

What kinds of jobs are available to those with a graduate certificate or a master’s degree in mathematics?

Education

Instructors typically:

  • Inspire and motivate their students by discussing exciting applications and new developments such the use of linear algebra in search engines or the impact of Fourier analysis on signal processing.
  • Explore and teach through multiple approaches including lectures, interactive learning activities, discussions, and hands-on projects.
  • Prepare lessons and adapt instructional materials to suit their students’ needs and learning styles.

Engineering

Engineers typically:

  • Solve problems through modeling and computational methods.
  • Find practical solutions to engineering problems through mathematical theories.
  • Develop mathematical analysis models.
  • Analyse data utilizing computational models.
  • Encourage and motivate students to improve academic performance.

A Graduate Certificate in Mathematics equips you to stand out in this highly competitive and rapidly growing industry.

The Graduate Certificate requires 12 credits of coursework from this list of approved classes.  At least 9 credits must be from courses at the 500 level or above. Courses listed below are all available both online and on campus.

MA 402 - Mathematics of Scientific Computing

Units: 3

This course will provide an overview of methods to solve quantitative problems and analyze data. The tools to be introduced are mathematical in nature and have links to Algebra, Analysis, Geometry, Graph Theory, Probability and Topology. Students will acquire an appreciation of [I] the fundamental role played by mathematics in countless applications and [II] the exciting challenges in mathematical research that lie ahead in the analysis of large data and uncertainties. Students will work on a project for each unit. While this is not a programming class, the students will do some programming through their projects.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

MA 405 - Introduction to Linear Algebra

Units: 3

This course offiers a rigorous treatment of linear algebra, including systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, abstract vector spaces, bases, linear independence, spanning sets, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, similarity, inner product spaces, orthogonality and orthogonal bases, factorization of matrices. Compared with MA 305 Introductory Linear Algebra, more emphasis is placed on theory and proofs. MA 225 is recommended as a prerequisite. Credit is not allowed for both MA 305 and MA 405

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

MA 493 - Special Topics in Mathematics

Units: 1 - 6

Directed individual study or experimental course offerings.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term

MA 501 - Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists I

Units: 3

Survey of mathematical methods for engineers and scientists. Ordinary differential equations and Green's functions; partial differential equations and separation of variables; special functions, Fourier series. Applications to engineering and science. Not for credit by mathematics majors. Credit for this course and MA 401 is not allowed

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

MA 502 - Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists II

Units: 3

Determinants and matrices; line and surface integrals, integral theorems; complex integrals and residues; distribution functions of probability. Not for credit by mathematics majors. Any student receiving credit for MA 502 may receive credit for, atmost, one of the following: MA 405, MA 512, MA 513

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1

MA 508 - Geometry For Secondary Teachers

Units: 3

Topics in geometry of concern to secondary teachers in their work and provision for background and enrichment. Various approaches to study of geometry, including vector geometry, transformational geometry and axiomatics. Course may be taken for graduate credit and for certificate renewal by secondary school teachers. Credit towards a graduate degree may be allowed only for students in mathematics education.

Offered in Spring and Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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MA 511 - Advanced Calculus I

Units: 3

Fundamental theorems on continuous functions; convergence theory of sequences, series and integrals; the Riemann integral. Credit for both MA 425 and MA 511 is not allowed

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

MA 513 - Introduction To Complex Variables

Units: 3

Operations with complex numbers, derivatives, analytic functions, integrals, definitions and properties of elementary functions, multivalued functions, power series, residue theory and applications, conformal mapping.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Fall Term

MA 523 - Linear Transformations and Matrix Theory

Units: 3

Vector spaces, linear transformations and matrices, orthogonality, orthogonal transformations with emphasis on rotations and reflections, matrix norms, projectors, least squares, generalized inverses, definite matrices, singular values.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

MA 580 - Numerical Analysis I

Units: 3

Algorithm behavior and applicability. Effect of roundoff errors, systems of linear equations and direct methods, least squares via Givens and Householder transformations, stationary and Krylov iterative methods, the conjugate gradient and GMRES methods, convergence of method.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MA 591 - Special Topics

Units: 1 - 6

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallFeb 1
SpringNov 25
Summer 1Mar 25
Summer 2May 10

Dr. Bevin Maultsby

Coordinator of Distance Education Programs in Mathematics

College of Sciences

919.515.1876
bmaults@ncsu.edu

Contact me for: Program Information