The primary purpose of the mathematics certificate is to serve those students who wish to enhance their content knowledge in mathematics but are unable to complete the requirements of a second major. 

Students must meet with a math advisor before declaring in order to discuss course selection. Math advisor information is provided at the math advising page.

Requirements 1, 2, 3
3 credits MATH 400–699 43
9 credits from MATH 307–6999
Total Credits12


Residence & Quality of Work

2.000 GPA on all course counting toward the certificate and MATH courses

9 credits in the certificate, in residence

Undergraduate/Special Student Certificates

This certificate is intended to be completed in the context of an undergraduate degree and for those seeking this certificate that is preferred. For students who have substantially completed this certificate at UW–Madison (at least 12 credits) and may need one or two courses to complete the certificate, they may do so immediately after completion of the bachelor’s degree by enrolling in the course as a University Special (nondegree) student. The certificate must be completed within a year of completion of the bachelor’s degree. Students should keep in mind that University Special students have the last registration priority and that may limit availability of desired courses. Financial aid is not available when enrolled as a University Special student to complete an undergraduate certificate. 

1. State, explain, and apply the principal results, definitions, and theorems of a wide collection of mathematical areas.

2. Acquire a diverse set of skills and strategies in mathematical reasoning/problem solving.

3. Use mathematics to model and analyze problems in other disciplines.


Students who are interested in the mathematics certificate program should visit a faculty advisor. Doing the fall and spring semesters several faculty advisors have regular drop-in office hours. The current list of advisors and the schedule of the office hours can be found at the math advising page. During the winter break and the summer semester there is no drop-in advising, students should contact one of the advisors to set up an appointment. 

For advice on college algebra, pre-calculus, and calculus, see the placement advising pages of the department. 


Professors Angenent, Arinkin, Assadi, Bolotin, Boston, Caldararu, Craciun, Denissov, Ellenberg, Feldman, Gong, Jin, Lempp, Mari-Beffa, Maxim, Miller, Mitchell, Paul, Roch, Seeger, Seppalainen, Smith, Terwilliger, Thiffeault, Valko, Viaclovsky, Waleffe, Yang.

Associate Professors Anderson, Gurevich, Stechmann, Street, Kent.

Assistant Professors Andrews, Dymarz, Erman, Kim, Marshall, Sam, Spagnolie, Stovall, Tran, B. Wang, L. Wang, M. Matchett Wood, P. Matchett Wood, Li.

Academic staff

Anzaldo (Precalculus Coordinator), Benguria-Andrews (Calculus Coordinator), Hanhart (Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies), Kwon (Math 13X Coordinator), Malekpour (Director of the Instructional Excellence Program, WISCEL), Rivard (Placement and Enrollment Coordinator)