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MA in Mathematics in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Math (MA-MATH) is a two-year graduate program that builds upon and enhances the skills and knowledge gained from undergraduate mathematics or mathematics-related program. The program is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching mathematics at the high school or university level or for those who wish to pursue a research career in mathematics. The program is also intended for those working in fields where mathematical skills and analysis is needed, such as finance, actuary, and engineering.

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in MA in Mathematics should currently be taking an undergraduate degree in science and mathematics field. However, students who are not currently taking an undergraduate program in those fields but still wish to pursue the program are encouraged to take at least 18 units of courses in the relevant fields.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Concepts and Techniques in Probability and Statistics

  • Concepts and Techniques in Abstract Algebra

  • Selected Studies in Applied Mathematics

  • Research Paper on College Mathematics

  • Classical and Modern Geometry

  • Matrices and Applications

Admission Requirements


  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program

  • An applicant with a degree not in line with the science and mathematics field may still be admitted to the program as long as they take the pre-requisite courses. However, some colleges and universities admit any bachelor’s degree holders. 

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

Basic Requirements
  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Areas of Specialization

  • Foundations

  • Number Theory

  • Algebra

  • Combinatorics

  • Geometry and topology

  • Analysis

  • Probability and statistics

  • Computational sciences

Program Outcome

Graduates of MA in Mathematics are expected to be able to:

  • Communicate mathematical ideas in a precise language  both in oral and writing

  • Demonstrate skills in pattern recognition, critical analysis, and problem-solving

  • Understand the importance of mathematics and its relevance to other disciplines

Board Exam

The MA in Mathematics does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Doctorate degree to further gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of MA in Mathematics may pursue a career path in educational or financial institutions, business companies, or government agencies. They may apply as a mathematics professor, mathematician, math department head, investment manager, financial analyst, statistician, algorithm developer, systems developer, or a researcher.

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