2018 Best Schools for a Master's in Math

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Below are our top 25 master's of mathematics programs for 2018. These rankings are based on reviews by students and alumni. A number of public universities made it into the top 10 including The University of Texas - Austin, the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champagne, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and the University of Louisville. These top 10 colleges all have a 100% student recommendation rate. Harvard University at #21 costs $42,874 with a 7 to 1 student to faculty ratio, while the University of California - Davis costs $28,266 for out-of-state tuition and has an 18 to 1 student to faculty ratio.

Brown University tops the list with a student score of 98.33. Many students appreciate the welcoming atmosphere of Brown, which is exemplified by such quotes as, "The people are so friendly that I felt right at home. The environment is collaborative rather than competitive. The faculty are extremely knowledgeable about their subject matter and how it relates to other areas, and are always willing to talk to students or answer questions." Other students appreciate the small classes and absence of qualifying exams. As one student said, “Brown's math department is relatively small (~40 students) and there is a lot of interaction with other grad students, faculty, staff and postdocs. One thing that makes Brown different from other math graduate programs is that we don't have qualifying exams." Click on the school names below to find out more information about these top-ranked mathematics programs.

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Brown University Campus Location Providence (RI) 2018 Student Score 98.33
#2 #2 The University of Texas at Austin Campus Location Austin (TX) 2018 Student Score 90.67
#3 #3 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Campus Location Champaign (IL) 2018 Student Score 90.58
#4 #4 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus Location Lincoln (NE) 2018 Student Score 90.00
#5 #5 University of Louisville Campus Location Louisville (KY) 2018 Student Score 89.71
#6 #6 Louisiana State University Campus Location Baton Rouge (LA) 2018 Student Score 89.06
#7 #7 Stanford University Campus Location Stanford (CA) 2018 Student Score 87.92
#8 #8 University of Maryland - College Park Campus Location College Park (MD) 2018 Student Score 87.55
#9 #9 Duke University Campus Location Durham (NC) 2018 Student Score 86.94
#10 #10 University of California-Irvine Campus Location Irvine (CA) 2018 Student Score 86.67
#11 #11 University of California-Davis Campus Location Davis (CA) 2018 Student Score 84.69
#12 #12 University of Chicago Campus Location Chicago (IL) 2018 Student Score 84.39
#13 #13 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Campus Location Chapel Hill (NC) 2018 Student Score 84.21
#14 #14 Stony Brook University Campus Location Stony Brook (NY) 2018 Student Score 83.86
#15 #15 Purdue University - Main Campus Campus Location West Lafayette (IN) 2018 Student Score 83.50
#16 #16 Columbia University in the City of New York Campus Location New York (NY) 2018 Student Score 83.39
#17 #17 University of Florida Campus Location Gainesville (FL) 2018 Student Score 83.26
#18 #18 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Campus Location Pittsburgh (PA) 2018 Student Score 82.35
#19 #19 Clemson University Campus Location Clemson (SC) 2018 Student Score 82.22
#20 #20 California State University-Long Beach Campus Location Long Beach (CA) 2018 Student Score 81.76
#21 #21 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2018 Student Score 81.67
#22 #22 Ohio State University-Main Campus Campus Location Columbus (and 2 others) 2018 Student Score 81.46
#23 #23 Michigan State University Campus Location East Lansing (MI) 2018 Student Score 81.04
#24 #24 University of Arizona Campus Location Tucson (AZ) 2018 Student Score 80.77
#25 #25 Texas A & M University-College Station Campus Location College Station (TX) 2018 Student Score 80.67


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 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program 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 their institution of choice for more details.

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