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Pure Mathematics (MS)

The Master of Science in Pure Mathematics program at DePaul University is one of the few evening programs of its type offered in the Chicago area. It provides students with rigorous training in pure mathematics as well as a solid foundation for pursuing PhD-level graduate work in mathematics.

The program is intended for students whose career goals will be furthered by graduate-level training in mathematics, including students who plan to pursue a PhD in Mathematics or a closely related field, or students who wish to teach mathematics at the community college level.

Students who meet all of the admission criteria​ can complete the program in two academic years by taking two graduate classes per quarter, or in one academic year (including summer term) by taking three graduate classes per quarter.​ All required graduate coursework​ is offered in the evenings at the Lincoln Park campus.

​​Program Features

Distinguished Faculty

Classes are taught by dedicated faculty who are professionally active research mathematicians, working in such areas as algebra, analysis, combinatorics, dynamical systems, number theory, and probability and statistics.

Continuous Advising

The graduate program director, Yevgenia Kashina, and the other program faculty advise students on a continuous basis on matters related to the program of study and possible career routes after graduation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program will be well-prepared for PhD-level graduate work in Mathematics or for graduate work in a closely related field. Recent graduates have gone on to graduate programs at:

  • City University of New York (PhD, Mathematics)
  • Northwestern University (MS, Mathematics Education)
  • University of Chicago (MS, Computer Science)
  • University of Iowa (PhD, Mathematics)
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln (PhD, Mathematics)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (PhD, Mathematics)
  • University of Rochester (PhD, Mathematics)
  • University of Victoria (PhD, Mathematics)

Additionally, graduates will have a solid mathematical foundation for teaching mathematics at the college level or for work in government or industry.​ Some of our graduates have gone on to jobs at:

  • American Institutes for Research
  • Harry S. Truman College, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Elgin Community College (adjunct faculty)
  • DePaul University (adjunct faculty)
  • Waubonsee Community College​ (adjunct faculty)

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Mathematical Sciences hires graduate students as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) to conduct recitation sections in algebra and calculus. These teaching assistantships provide our graduate students with invaluable experience of teaching mathematics at the college level. Additionally, a limited number of tuition waivers are awarded each year on a competitive basis.

For more information about graduate assistantship opportunities, please contact the graduate program director Yevgenia Kashina (​​​​​

STEM Designation

DePaul’s Master of Science in Pure Mathematics is a Department of Homeland Security STEM designated program. STEM designation is granted to programs that produce graduates educated in science, technology, engineering and/or math who help support U.S. economic competitiveness and growth. International students who earn degrees from STEM designated programs can qualify to extend their post-graduation stay in the United States for Optional Practical Training​ (OPT). OPT provides an opportunity for international students to develop their careers while also helping meet the demand for STEM-educated professionals in the U.S. workforce. For more information, please contact the office of International Student & Scholar Services.​

Additional Information

  • Admission Requirements

    ​Learn ​how to apply to the Master's program in Pure Mathematics.
  • Degree Requirements

    ​​Learn about the degree requirements for the Master's in Pure Mathematics.
  • Student Handbook

    ​Learn about policies that govern the Master's in Pure Mathematics program.