Get Paid to Continue your Education!
Unlike a typical undergraduate, the typical graduate student in mathematics gets free tuition and is paid a stipend to cover their living expenses. This funding usually comes in the form of a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship. In addition, if you have student loans you can often defer payment until after graduate school. So it is a pretty sweet deal – they pay you to continue your education!
In addition to furthering your education and indulging your love of mathematics, attending graduate school can provide a window of opportunity to live in a new area for two to six years, knowing that it may only be temporary. If you have always wondered what it might be like to live in California, Colorado, Alaska, Texas, New England, or some other area, moving there for your graduate career allows you to explore that area for a few years before joining the workforce in a more permanent career.
Where have University of Scranton math majors gone to graduate school?
Past math majors from the University of Scranton have attended graduate school at many different universities. Our department has always has a close relationship with Lehigh University, which along with SUNY BInghamton is the nearest graduate program in mathematics to Scranton. We have sent more graduate students to Lehigh than any other school by a significant margin. We have also had students attend the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, Rutgers, SUNY Binghamton, Boston University, and Syracuse. Further away, we have had two students who attended the University of Indiana in Bloomington, the University of Chicago, another at Northwestern, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Colorado State University. Penn State also has a high quality graduate program in mathematics, and is not too far away from Scranton.
What graduate school is right for you?
For University of Scranton math majors, there are many graduate programs in mathematics to choose from. There are several factors you should consider when deciding where to apply.
- Location: Do you have family commitments or other ties to the area that prevent you from moving far away? Or are you interested in the adventure of exploring a new location for a few years?
- Size: A small department will have advantages similar to what you are used to as an undergraduate at the University of Scranton – all of the instructors and math majors know each other. A larger department like you will find at a large state school will have more choices of advisors and variety of topics to study. So each has its own advantages.
- Pure vs Applied: While it is rare as an undergraduate to know exactly what specialty in mathematics you might be interested in, some graduate programs in mathematics have a more pure emphasis, whereas others have a more applied emphasis.
Comparing Graduate Programs in Mathematics
There are several great resources on the web for researching graduate programs in mathematics. Here are a few.
- The AMS maintains a great collection of links about graduate school.
- Rankings of Graduate Schools in Mathematics from US News.
- Graduate school information at Peterson’s.
- Search for a graduate program at PhD’s.org.
And finally, if you are a University of Scranton math major and have additional questions, feel free to contact me.