Hybrid Graduate Degree in Mathematics & Statistics

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to offer a 2 year hybrid program for a Master of Arts in Mathematics with an Area of Emphasis in Statistics. The hybrid program allows students to participate remotely in the same graduate-level classes offered face-to-face at Marshall University, and earn a full Mathematics Graduate Degree.

This program can prepare students for:

  • Careers using mathematics and statistics in business, industry, finance, and actuarial fields.
  • Doctoral studies in mathematics, statistics, finance, business, science, and engineering.
  • Teaching at the secondary or post-secondary level.


About the Hybrid Graduate Program

In this hybrid program, students participate in class in real time using collaboration software over the internet. Students can ask questions and interact with the class as it happens. This is not a correspondence program, and students must connect to the class meetings at their scheduled times, just as if they were taking the class face-to-face.

In Fall 2016, the courses will meet at MWF 1pm-2pm (MTH 545VC), MWF 3pm-4pm (MTH 550VC), and TR 2pm-3:15pm (MTH 527VC).

Students in the program need to have a reliable internet connection and a computer with a microphone and webcam installed. The software used to attend class, Blackboard Collaborate, is included in the tuition cost and is available for all major computing platforms.

Students in the program will work with Marshall University Proctoring Services to make arrangements for their written exams.


Plan of Study and Curriculum

The degree has a four-semester plan of study, with a total of 12 courses.

2016 Fall Semester
Course Number Course Title
MTH 527VC Advanced Calculus I
MTH 545VC Probability and Statistics I
MTH 550VC Modern Algebra I
2017 Spring Semester
Course Number Course Title
MTH 528VC Advanced Calculus 2
MTH 546VC Probability and Statistics 2
MTH 552VC Modern Algebra 2
2017 Fall Semester
Course Number Course Title
MTH 650VC Real Variables
MTH 661VC Advanced Mathematical Statistics
MTH 643VC Numerical Analysis
2018 Spring Semester
Course Number Course Title
MTH 640VC Complex Variables
MTH 662VC Multivariate Mathematical Statistics
MTH 690VC Biostatistics


Fall 2016 Faculty

Laura Adkins
Dr. Laura Adkins will teach Math 545 – Probability and Statistics.

Dr. Adkins’ professional interests include statistics and its applications. She is is actively involved in statistical consulting for medical research, and has extensive teaching experience in probability and statistics courses.

Peter Saveliev
Dr. Peter Saveliev will teach Math 527 – Advanced Calculus.

Dr. Saveliev’s interests include digital image analysis and computer vision, topology of data, and discrete exterior calculus for PDEs and flows on networks. He has recently published the textbook Topology Illustrated.

Mike Schroeder
Dr. Mike Schroeder will teach Math 550 – Modern Algebra.

Dr. Schroeder’s research interests in discrete mathematics include graph theory and matroid theory. He won the Marshall University Pickens-Queen Teaching Award in 2016.


Distance Tuition Rate

The hybrid M.A. in Mathematics degree is offered to all students at the Distance Tuition rate. This rate does not increase for out-of-state students. A student must be enrolled in a Distance Program and be designated as a Distance Student to be assessed Distance Tuition.

Get detailed information about Distance Learning Tuition and Fees.


Application Information

Students who wish to enroll in the hybrid program must complete the Admissions Process for the Marshall University Graduate College. Students who wish to earn a degree must be enrolled as degree-seeking students. During the applications process, students should indicate that they plan to enroll as a “virtual” student. When registering for classes, students in the hybrid program should enroll in the “VC” section of each course.

For students who wish to begin in Fall 2016, the application deadline is August 10, 2016.


Contact us regarding the Hybrid Mathematics Graduate Degree:

Michael Schroeder

Dr. Mike Schroeder
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Office: 742F Smith Hall