Mathematics and Statistics

We offer degrees leading to careers in math education, actuarial science, data analytics and statistics.    
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Programs 

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Statistics 

For undergraduate students, a bachelor of arts is suitable for those who are interested in a liberal arts degree. The program has fewer mathematics course requirements and more non-science and foreign language courses required. 

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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics 

For undergraduate students, a bachelor of science is suitable for students who are interested in a more math- and science-focused degree, and for those who may pursue graduate or professional studies in math, statistics or other science fields. 

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Bachelor's-to-master's degree

For students interested in a combined bachelor's and master's degree, an accelerated five-year program of study is available.

Actuarial sciences minor

Actuaries measure risk and discover ways for people and organizations to stay secure. In 2018 almost 72% of actuary jobs were in the insurance industry, 17% in the consulting field and about 9% were in corporate management. Actuary job growth between 2018-2028 is expected to be about 20%, with a median salary of $102,880 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

 For an entry-level actuary position, you need to pass the first two actuarial exams (probability and financial math) and obtain validation by educational experience (VEE) in Economics, Accounting and Finance, and Mathematical Statistics.  By taking certain courses, you will be prepared for the exams and will automatically obtain the VEE. The easiest way to meet the requirements is to add a minor in actuarial science to your degree plan. 

The minor is open to UMKC undergraduate students in all majors, though it is most beneficial if the student is a mathematics, business, accounting or economics major due to the courses required for the minor. 

Data analytics minor

Data analysts retrieve and gather data, organize it and use it to reach meaningful conclusions. Analysts can specialize in finance, supply chain management, market research, project management, and risk assessment. Students earning this minor will know how to cleanse, visualize and analyze data, read and write logical arguments using mathematical symbols and build, validate and analyze basic data-based models communicate analytical results effectively. 

Mathematics minor

The minor in mathematics is open to UMKC undergraduate students in all majors. Adding a mathematics minor to your program of study may assist you with your career goals. In some internships and career opportunities, having a math minor is a big plus. 

Statistics minor

The minor in Statistics is open to UMKC undergraduate students in all majors. Students graduating from this program will acquire knowledge in probability theory and statistical inference, apply foundational knowledge in statistical computing for data analysis and present statistical reasoning.

Master of Science in Mathematics 

Our master’s degree program in mathematics allows students to sharpen their skills in different areas of mathematics such as applied mathematics, algebra or analysis. It prepares the student to purse professional careers such as mathematics instructor or teacher, senior budget analyst, math and statistics modeler, accounting supervisor, modeling and simulation analyst, imaging scientist, systems engineer, consultant and actuarial analyst.

Master of Science in Statistics 

There is a high regional demand for individuals with a master’s degree in statistics. Our master’s degree program in statistics prepares you for professional careers such as statistician, biostatistician, data scientist, stat instructor, consultant or data analyst. 

Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

A Ph.D. in statistics or mathematics opens the door to several well-paying professional jobs such as research scientist, assistant professor, data scientist, senior analyst or statistical modeling manager. Choose mathematics or statistics as the principle discipline and another field as the co-discipline. 

Areas of Research

  • Combinatorial aspects of commutative algebra
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Computational materials science using supercomputers
  • Computational plasma physics
  • Control problems
  • Data assimilation
  • Differential equations
  • Finite element methods
  • Homological methods in commutative ring theory
  • Interface problems
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Numerical methods
  • Stochastic PDEs
  • Various decoupling methods

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Math Colloquium 

Speakers from academia and industry present one-hour seminars about topics of special interest to majors in mathematics and statistics. Anyone is welcome to join, and math graduate students are highly encouraged to participate. 

Math Colloquium are hosted Fridays from 3–4 p.m. during the academic year. Currently, they are held on Zoom.  

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