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Mathematics GCERT

About The Program

The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics is an 18-credit-hour program consisting of elective graduate-level mathematics and statistics courses designed to deepen and broaden students' knowledge, application, and appreciation of advanced mathematics and statistics.

The program is intended for:

  • Post-baccalaureate students who seek to extend their undergraduate mathematics and statistics education.
  • High school teachers who seek professional development, especially towards the qualification to teach college-level math courses in concurrent enrollment programs.
  • Mathematics instructors who seek qualification to teach at colleges and universities.
  • Individuals who seek professional advancement in their current careers.

Course Scheduling

Graduate courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer sessions. Courses that meet during the fall and spring terms are 15 weeks in length and meet one evening per week, generally on Thursday evenings starting at 6:00 pm. Courses offered during the summer generally meet five days per week (MTWHF) for two weeks at the end of June.

Shown below is a tentative schedule of upcoming course offerings:

Spring 2023 Math 615 Advanced Discrete Mathematics
Summer 2023 Math 611 Data Science and Analytics
Fall 2023 Math 620 Stochastic Processes
Spring 2024 Math 650 Dynamical Systems

Student outcomes

Upon attaining the graduate certificate, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of graduate-level topics arising in diverse area of mathematics and/or statistics.
  • Communicate mathematical concepts in writing and orally at an advanced level.
  • Demonstrate mathematical problem-solving skills at an advanced level.


How to enroll

Program eligibility requirements

Students must have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Mathematics Education or a closely related field.

Application instructions


June 15 -  Fall semester 
November 1 - Spring semester 
March 1 - Summer semester 

Late applications: applications will continue to be accepted beyond the deadline, however we cannot guarantee admission before the beginning of the semester. Though we can defer admission to the next available semester.

International Students: Because this is not a degree-granting program, applications from international students studying on an F-1 student visa will not be accepted.

Application file

A complete application file consists all of requirements below. Begin the application process by first applying for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics program using the online graduate application. Please note that all application materials become the property of Metropolitan State University and are not returned. All application materials must be received in the Graduate Studies Office by the application deadline and will be made available to the GCM Graduate Admissions Committee for review.

  • Complete the Online Graduate Application—You will use your Minnesota State StarID to complete the application. If you don't have a Minnesota State StarID you will create one at the beginning of the application.
    • If you do not have or choose not to provide your Social Security number (SSN) please follow the No SSN instructions to activate your StarID.
    • If you encounter difficulty with the online application please email
  • $20 non-refundable application fee; pay online
    • Waived for graduates of Metropolitan State, and for certified veterans & active military.
  • Official transcripts
    • Transcript showing a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from a regionally accredited institution with grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed.
    • Transcripts from ALL schools attended after high school and from any graduate or professional programs are required.
    • All transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be evaluated (course-by-course) by either ECE (preferred) or WES.
    • Electronic transcripts should be sent to
    • Paper transcripts should be sent directly from the sending institution (preferred) to:

Metropolitan State University

Attn: Graduate Admissions

700 East Seventh Street

Saint Paul MN 55106

Applying as a Non-Degree-Seeking Student

Individuals who do not intend to pursue a Graduate Certificate but wish to take a course in the program, have the option of registering for the course as a Non-Degree-Seeking Student. To register as a Non-Degree-Seeking student:

1) Contact the chair of the Mathematics & Statistics Department at Specify the course you wish to take and attach an unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript for eligibility review.

2) Once eligibility is verified, you will be sent a Non-Degree-Seeking Student Application form. Complete this form and send it to the Graduate Studies Office at or mail it to:

Metropolitan State University
Attn: Graduate Admissions
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul MN 55106

3) Once your application is processed, you will receive a letter indicating that your application was successful. The chair of the Mathematics & Statistics Department will notify you that an override has been put in place allowing you to register for the desired course. Once you receive this notification, you will have one week to register for the course. 

Questions about applying to the Math graduate certificate?

Questions about the online application, fee, and transcripts/transcript evaluation can be sent to (preferred) or call 651-793-1302.

Questions about the program can be sent to

Courses and Requirements


To complete the Graduate Certificate of Mathematics program, students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate-level course work in mathematics or statistics. At most 4 credit hours of graduate coursework may be transferred into the program, with approval of the Mathematics & Statistics Department.

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics offers a diverse range of course options. All courses in this program are elective. New 600 level mathematics courses may be developed that are not yet on this list. Check with your advisor to be sure any courses not on this list will count toward your certificate.

Grad Certificate Requirements

Take 18 credits from the courses listed below.

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