2017 Top Master's in Mathematics Programs

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The ten schools on our list of top schools offering master's degrees in mathematics have been selected based on student reviews. Annual tuition for these schools ranges from the most affordable school, the University of Arizona, at $12,048 per year, to the most expensive school, University of Chicago, at $48,729 per year. Our top-rated school is The University of Texas at Austin, which earned a Student Score of 88.57 and a 100% recommendation rate from reviewers. One reviewer of The University of Texas at Austin noted that the teachers are “highly qualified and very welcoming.” Other students also mentioned the quality of the professors.

Another school that made our list is the University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus, where students are especially pleased with the school's location; one student commented, “Pittsburgh is a nice place to stay,” and another student mentioned the lower cost of living noting that “living expenses [are] lower than lots of [cities] of [the] same size.” Multiple students commented on the quality of the faculty at the University of Arizona, with one student pointing out the “highly supportive faculty and staff.”

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Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 The University of Texas at Austin Campus Location Austin (TX) 2017 Student Score 88.57
#2 #2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Campus Location Chapel Hill (NC) 2017 Student Score 86.59
#3 #3 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Campus Location Pittsburgh (PA) 2017 Student Score 81.40
#4 #4 University of Maryland - College Park Campus Location College Park (MD) 2017 Student Score 81.09
#5 #5 University of Arizona Campus Location Tucson (AZ) 2017 Student Score 80.66
#6 #6 University of California-Davis Campus Location Davis (CA) 2017 Student Score 80.19
#7 #7 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus Location Ann Arbor (MI) 2017 Student Score 79.36
#8 #8 University of Wisconsin - Madison Campus Location Madison (WI) 2017 Student Score 76.29
#9 #9 University of Southern California Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 76.22
#10 #10 University of Chicago Campus Location Chicago (IL) 2017 Student Score 73.18


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.