Department: Mathematics and Statistics


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a choice of master’s programs. The MA in Pure Mathematics is a 30-credit degree program. The coursework largely mirrors the first two years of a doctoral program in Mathematics. Achievement of the degree includes a comprehensive examination. In addition students must show reading competency in a foreign language. The MA Program in Statistics and Applied Mathematics is intended for students interested in applications to business, science, engineering, industry, biology, and medicine, as well as teaching and research. This is a 30-credit degree program. There are four tracks: Statistics is Track I, Applied Mathematics is Track II, Bioinformatics is Track III, and Mathematical Finance is Track IV. Achievement of the degree requires a final project as well as working knowledge of two computer languages.  The final projects provide the student with the opportunity to investigate a problem whose outcome is not previously known. Our faculty mentor the projects. The department also has combined BA/MA programs in: (1) Mathematics and (2) Statistics and Applied Mathematics. 

In addition, the department offers, jointly with the School of Education, an MA in Adolescent Mathematics Education Grades 7-12, and a combined BA/MA in Adolescent Mathematics Education. The MA in Mathematics Education is designed for individuals without initial certification in mathematics. Individuals who already have initial certification in mathematics should pursue either the MA in pure mathematics or the MA in statistics and applied mathematics or the new Professional Certification master’s program.

What can I do with my degree in Mathematics and Statistics?

Students use the MA in Pure Mathematics for various purposes. Many use their added mathematics background as part of a competitive application to a doctoral program. In-service teachers gain permanent certification via their MA. Others use their degree to seek employment or advancement to positions that require an advanced degree. Several seek positions as instructors at local area colleges. Others are in areas unrelated to education.

Programs and Courses in Mathematics and Statistics

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts - BA/MA

•  Mathematics Grades 7-12 Adolescent Education - BA/MA

•  Mathematics or Statistics and Applied Mathematics - BA/MA

Master of Arts - MA

•  Pure Mathematics - MA

•  Statistics and Applied Mathematics - MA

Program for Teachers of Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12) – Mathematics MA

See the School of Education section of this catalog for additional information on admission and program requirements.

Administration and Faculty


Barry Cherkas
919 East 
(212) 772-5300

Department Office:

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
919 East
(212) 772-5300

Dolciani Mathematics Learning Center:

  Hunter East, 7th Floor Library – Silverstein Student Success Center
  (212) 772-5371