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Graduate Certificate in Mathematics- Online

The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics provides graduate-level instruction in mathematics to students interested in obtaining advanced skills and knowledge in this area.

These may include instructors of finite mathematics, calculus and other introductory college-level mathematics courses. The certificate curriculum provides the knowledge and expertise needed to integrate new mathematical concepts and approaches into teaching.

Of Special Interest for Dual-Credit and Community College Instructors

The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in mathematics to hold either a master's degree in mathematics or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you hold a master's degree in a discipline other than mathematics, you can meet HLC standards by completing the 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
  • If you plan to pursue the IU Online MAT in Mathematics, you may apply the 18 credit hours from the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics toward the master's degree.

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics, you must complete 18 credit hours. Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Mathematics core courses (9 cr.)
  • Mathematics elective courses (9 cr.)

You choose courses from the following areas of study: algebra, analysis, typology and geometry, differential equations and applications, and probability and statistics.


You explore core applications of algebra, including group theory, ring theory, field theory, commutative and noncommutative algebra, number theory, and more.


You cover topics in analysis application, including real analysis, complex analysis, Fourier analysis, and more.

Topology and Geometry

You study essential concepts of topology and geometry, including Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, point set topology, differential topology, differential geometry, and more.

Differential Equations and Applications 

You examine differential equations and applications, including numerical methods, mathematics of finance, graph theory, mathematical physics, and more.

Probability and Statistics

You cover graduate-level knowledge of key concepts in probability and statistics.

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics must hold either a bachelor's degree in mathematics, a bachelor's degree in education with a mathematics concentration or outside area, or two years secondary teaching experience in dual-credit mathematics.

  1. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program

Core Courses

ALL core courses are listed here. You will select from among these courses to fulfill degree requirements.

  • MATH-T 601 Topics in Algebra (3 cr.)
  • MATH-T 610 Topics in Analysis (3 cr.)
  • MATH-T 620 Topics in Topology/Geometry (3 cr.)
  • MATH-T 640 Topics in Applications (3 cr.)
  • MATH-T 650 Topics in Probability/Statistics (3 cr.)

Tuition & Fees 

Cost for Indiana Residents  
Per Credit Hour 
  • Tuition: $311.75 
3 Credit Hours 
  • Tuition: $935.25 
Cost for Out of State Residents  
Per Credit Hour 
  • Tuition: $460.51 
3 Credit Hours 
  • Tuition: $1381.53 
Note: Additional fees will apply. 

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