Gain sought-after skills for diverse careers with a mathematics degree

Mathematics is the cornerstone of many thought-related industries, and a mathematics degree from the University of Missouri–St. Louis equips you with the expertise for successful careers in a wide range of fields. Industries like science, technology, finance, aviation and communications all rely on the skills our mathematics degree provides, including:

  • Writing clear, logically consistent proofs
  • Reading, understanding and assessing the accuracy of logical arguments
  • Reformulating problems and questions in relevant mathematical terms

To align your academic experience with your professional goals, UMSL offers two mathematics degree options:

  • BA in Mathematics: Gain a broad foundation across various math disciplines to prepare for graduate school or careers in fields like market research and business analysis.
  • BS in Mathematics: Dive deeper into mathematics, statistics and computer science for a job-ready skill set upon graduation.

Go further faster with the accelerated math program

In addition to lucrative and plentiful career opportunities available to graduates with a bachelor’s in math, individuals with a master’s degree have even more occupational prospects.

UMSL’s accelerated math program offers a competitive edge through a dual degree program that allows you to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics with fewer total credit hours than completing each degree separately.


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Why earn your bachelor’s in math at UMSL?

UMSL’s BA and BS in mathematics graduates are equipped to make an immediate impact in a growing field, making them highly valued by employers. Other benefits of earning your mathematics degree from UMSL include:

  • Small class sizes. Our class sizes are purposefully intimate, giving you direct access and personalized interactions with faculty.
  • Affordable education. UMSL is committed to making education affordable. The Department of Mathematics awards up to 10 scholarships of $3,000 each year in addition to the financial aid opportunities supported by the university.
  • Fantastic St. Louis location. Mathematics degree students need a break from time to time! UMSL’s backyard of St. Louis provides vibrant cultural opportunities and a wide array of museums, music, dining and arts experiences.

What can you do with your UMSL mathematics degree?

UMSL’s BA and BS in Mathematics programs prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers and advanced degree opportunities.

With our BA in Mathematics, you’ll gain the necessary skills to solve problems with analysis, algebra or linear algebra, elementary number theory, elementary probability or statistics. You’ll also demonstrate a high proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in a language in addition to English. This broad foundation is well-suited for careers in data analysis, market research, mathematics education, business analysis and other related fields.

Graduates with a BS in Mathematics will be able to interpret, formulate, and solve applied programs in probability and statistics, including applications related to annuities, bonds and derivative investments. This deeper dive into statistics is beneficial for aspiring actuaries, quantitative analysts, data scientists and financial analysts.

Additionally, our accelerated math program provides a quicker path to a master’s degree, further expanding your career potential.

The demand for skilled actuaries will grow by 23% through 2032, with a median salary of $113,990, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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Employment growth by 2032

Career Opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Actuary 
  • Computer Systems Analyst 
  • Financial Analyst 
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mathematician 
  • Statistician 
  • Database Manager 


Plan of study

BS Option

All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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BA Option

All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the UMSL state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside..

Student organizations

Make new friends and learn new skills by joining one of our Recognized Student Organizations. Here are several opportunities you may be interested in as a mathematics major:

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.