Ph.D. students in the math department and students enrolled in other UW–Madison Ph.D. programs are eligible to earn an M.A. degree with the named option titled Foundations for Research (FR).

The M.A. degree is available with the named option titled Foundations of Advanced Studies (FAS). It is designed to strengthen the student's mathematics background and enhance the opportunities for applications to Ph.D. programs and for employment as a mathematician in nonacademic environments.

Students apply to the Master of Arts in Mathematics through the named option or the Ph.D.:

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Major Requirements


Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement 30 credits must be graduate-level coursework. Details can be found in the Graduate School’s Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement Policy: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-1244
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required. This program follows the Graduate School's policy: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-1203.
Other Grade Requirements See Named Options for policy information.
Assessments and Examinations None.
Language Requirements No language requirements.

Required COURSES

Select a Named Option for courses required.

Named Options

A named option is a formally documented sub-major within an academic major program. Named options appear on the transcript with degree conferral. Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Mathematics must select one of the following named options:

Students should refer to one of the named options for policy information:

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

  1. Learn a substantial body of mathematics presented in introductory graduate level courses in mathematics.
  2. Select and utilize appropriate methodologies to solve problems.
  3. Communicate clearly in written/oral presentations.
  4. Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct.

Please visit the Math Department website for a complete list of faculty and instructional academic staff.