Mathematical Sciences (MS)
What is A Mathematical Sciences (MS) Degree?
To study the mathematical sciences is to study the application of mathematics to other disciplines, usually fields that are closely related like statistics or physics. Mathematics can also explain lots of relationships or correlations found in the natural and physical world so it applies even to behavioral sciences, medicine, food, computer science, and even law. Think about all the fields that you know of that use research data to explain theories, and you’ll have a sense of how broad the mathematical sciences can be.
Most Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Mathematical Sciences will need to concentrate on a small group of math-related fields because you can’t study everything! Some concentrations at the Master’s degree level might be systems analysis, decision sciences, physical sciences, or health and genetic science. Search out the school that has the program that best meets your interests in graduate work. To apply you will need to have a solid academic record and a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Some programs may be completed with only coursework, while others may require that students complete an independent research study (thesis). With the degree you’ll be prepared to work in an industry—like transportation, health, or food—related to your chosen concentration.
The video below discusses a “typical” program, so it should help regardless of which school you are considering.