Frequently Asked Questions

How much work is required to earn my stipend?

No work is required for either a Scholarship or a Fellowship. For an Assistantship, no more than twelve hours per week is usually required.

How many students are in the program?

Each year, between 10 and 20 students are admitted into the program. So, the total number of 1st year and 2nd year graduate students combined is between 20 and 40.

Will I get paid?

There are funds available to support graduate studies. The department awards assistantships, fellowships and tuition waivers through the graduate school.

How long does the program take?

Most students, beginning in the fall, will take four semesters and a summer to complete their studies. In the past students have completed Masters degrees in as little as one calendar year.

Will I be able to do research?

Definitely! Several students in recent years have published the research from their Masters theses in peer reviewed mathematics journals. Students are encouraged to approach faculty at any time regarding potential projects.

What courses are offered?

A wide range of courses is available for graduate students. See the course descriptions.

What kinds of research could I do?

Faculty are eager to involve students in their research.

What extracurricular activities are available in the department?

The Math Club provides numerous extracurricular activities including pizza dinners/meetings, ice cream socials, special career-oriented lectures, problem-solving contests, “game” nights, and interesting student-oriented talks. The mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon also has activities that are open to both members and non-members.

What other resources does the department have?

Graduate students are loaned a ThinkPad for their use at Wake Forest; also, they have access to a full array of state-of-the-art computing machinery. Office space for graduate students is available within the department.

Through the Math Club or other university funding, students can often be reimbursed for participation in mathematical conferences. Similarly, there are competitive research funds available for summer research work.

Graduate students are provided excellent guidance at Wake Forest. The graduate student advisor carefully assists students in selecting courses. Many professors provide individual mentoring of students. Assistance in locating future employment or PhD program entry is provided by faculty members and the university career placement service.

Where do graduates go after Wake Forest?

Our graduate students have been very successful.

Many of our graduates have gone on to obtain their PhD from highly ranked PhD programs and have either gone back to academia as a professor or have pursued research in government, industry, or the public sector. These PhD’s have been in many different mathematically-related fields including: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, operational research, biostatistics, and finance.

Quite a few of our graduates have gone directly into the work force. They have taken positions in business (consulting, actuarial, and finance), education (both college and secondary education), industry (analysts, computing, and statistical applications), or government operations (e.g. with the National Security Agency).

What can I do with an MA in Mathematics from Wake?

Anything you want. Our graduates have gone on to graduate programs in mathematics, statistitics, computer science, etc. They have entered the business world and serve as analysts, actuaries, statisticians, etc. Some have gone on to become math teachers in high schools or math instructors in colleges and junior colleges. A graduate degree in mathematics from Wake Forest University will offer you tremendous opportunities. They all seem to be doing whatever it is that they want to be doing.

Where are our previous graduates now?

Our graduates are all over the country doing lots of different types of things. Some are in Ph.D. programs in mathematics. Some are teaching in colleges and universities. Some are in business. Some are working as analysts, actuaries or statisticians. Some are teaching in high schools. Some are working for the government.

Will I get help preparing for the next step?

Our program is designed to teach ideas that are fundamental to any future study in mathematics. As such, whatever your next step in mathematics is, our courses are useful. Additionally, as a graduate of Wake Forest, you may use the university’s “Career Services”. As one of the highest ranked universities in the nation, Wake Forest attracts many businesses, non-profits and education institutions with career opportunities. For those students planning to continue their education in mathematics at the Ph.D. level, we offer a series of review sessions designed to help students prepare for the mathematics subject test of the GRE. Since we admit on average only seven students each year, the students and faculty know each other relatively well. You will get personal attention from our faculty. Students who have questions about what they should do just ask professors.