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The Master of Science Program in Mathematics at California State University San Marcos is designed to provide breadth of exposure to mathematics and enhance the intellectual attitudes and the analytic skills needed for the comprehension, appreciation, creation, and application of mathematics. There are also opportunities for students to pursue computational aspects of mathematics and fertile connections between branches of mathematics both in coursework and in thesis work.

Graduates will be prepared for a wide range of career opportunities as the skills and attitudes fostered in the program are in demand in academe, business, government, and industry. In particular, graduates will be well-prepared to teach in community colleges, and some four-year colleges. They will be prepared to enter a doctoral program in mathematics or mathematical education. The curriculum is also designed for secondary teachers seeking professional growth and improved content knowledge. The computational and applicable mathematics mastered by students will offer graduates training for careers as mathematical scientists in business, government, and industry. There are some opportunities for students to teach undergraduates and assist faculty in their scholarly activity.