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Master of Arts


Program of Study

The curriculum is divided into two phases, general courses and statistics-specific courses. Finish with a capstone project that will allow you to place all your learned theory into real-world problem-solving.

The sequence includes courses like Complex Analysis, in which you study analytical functions, complex numbers, special functions, analytics continuation, and concepts like Cauchy's theorem and Laurent series. Statistics courses like Analysis of Categorical data will teach you about relative risk, log-linear models and Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel procedures, while Sample Survey Methodology will give you tools and techniques for conducting research.

General Sequence

Mathematics (18 credits minimum as advised) including:

  • Master's Seminar: General OR
  • Master's Thesis

Supporting courses (0-12 credits)

  • Courses in other fields as approved by the advisor

Recommended courses (At least three)

  • Real Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Algebra I
  • Topology I

Statistics Sequence

Mathematics (18 credits minimum as advised) including:

  • Master's Seminar: Statistics OR
  • Master's Thesis

Supporting courses (0-12 credits)

  • Courses as approved by the advisor.

Recommended courses

  • Introduction to Theory of Statistics
  • Introduction to Theory of Statistics II
  • Methods of Data Analysis I
  • Methods of Data Analysis II
  • Introduction to Bayesian Inference I

Capstone Experience

Option 1: Master’s Seminar in General, Teaching or Statistics
Research 2-3 topics in mathematical literature and report your findings in the form of an integrative presentation in front of peers and faculty.

Option 2: Master’s Thesis
Submit a thesis and give an oral presentation on its results

Ancillary Duties

Teaching, research, or practicum duties contributing to academic development


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information contact, Boris Goldfarb at 518-442-4633 or [email protected].



Put theory into practice with a capstone project, which culminates the master's experience. Designed to give you experiential learning, the capstone consists of completing a master's seminar, inclusive of teaching research or practicum duties, or a master's thesis, which entails an involved paper presentation. Demonstrate your learned knowledge and showcase your accomplishments throughout either track in preparation for your next career step.

Career Outcomes

A master's degree in mathematics provides you with vital skills, including problem solving, logic and abstract thought. Graduates have gone on to PhD programs, teaching, and to high-level jobs in industry and in the public sector.

Potential career paths include: Teacher, Budget analyst, Data/information scientist, Computer engineer, Financial planner, Operations manager, Economist, Auditor, Risk analyst, and Biostatistician

International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. Upon graduation, international students with an F-1 visa are allowed to apply for a 2-year extension to the automatic 1-year post-graduate Occupational Practical Training (OPT) period.

Admissions Requirements
  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Statement of goals

The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals. 

Program Statement

Drive better decision-making in business or government with a graduate degree in mathematics from the University at Albany. Jobs that depend on statistics and data analysis across industries continue to expand. Earning a master's can help prepare you to shape a professional career, become a teacher or pursue continuing education.