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Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics online and develop a strong mathematical skill set, including an advanced ability in mathematical methods, reasoning and problem solving.
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“There’s math all over the place in soccer,” Professor Pamela Cohen, SNHU’s math chairwoman, told former MLS player Calen Carr. "From the curve (aka parabola) of a kicked ball to the rigidness of playing in triangles on the field, math factors in every aspect of the game."
Gain a competitive edge by enhancing your Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a concentration in Applied Mathematics. Applied math puts mathematical concepts to work to solve today's most complex real-world problems.
You’ll learn commonly used statistical methods and techniques, delving into mathematical modeling and working with cutting-edge software tools that let you visualize the models you’re constructing and analyzing.
You’ll also get to specialize in one of three growing areas of interest, including statistical analysis, operations research and dynamical modeling. Plus, you'll explore the vital role that mathematics plays in scientific research and industry by completing your own research project.
Courses may include:
Upon completion of the online math degree, you can be prepared for career opportunities in a broad range of fields including:
Actuary. As an actuary, you’ll use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to assess financial risk. This profession is in particularly high demand in the insurance industry - with some specializing in health insurance, life insurance and property and casualty insurance - but may also extend to the public sector.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for actuaries are set to soar 20% through 2028, far faster than the national average.2 The median annual wage for actuaries was $102,880 in 2018.2 At the time, the top employers for actuaries were finance and insurance companies, professional, scientific and technical services, management of companies and enterprises and government. A small percentage of actuaries (1%) were self-employed.2
Operations research analyst. In this role, you’ll use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help solve problems in just about all aspects of an organization. For example, you may manage a supply chain, advise managers and other institutional leaders or decision-makers or develop production schedules. In all that you do, you’ll be an essential player in helping a business reach its full potential.
As a valued asset to any team, it’s no wonder demand for operations research analysts is expected to grow. The BLS predicts that new jobs will be added much faster than the national average — 26% through 2028.2 That adds up to 28,100 new jobs. Additionally, median pay for this profession was reportedly $83,390 in 2018.2 Among the largest employers of operations research analysts at that time were finance and insurance companies, professional, science and technical services, manufacturing and the federal government.
Statistician. A statistician is responsible for designing surveys, analyzing data and presenting their findings to stakeholders through reports, tables, charts and graphs. They are qualified to work in many fields. For example, biostatisticians work in environments like pharmaceutical companies, public health agencies and hospitals to conduct studies that may identify an epidemic outbreak, test the success of a new drug or uncover the source of an illness.
Career prospects in the field appear very promising. According to the BLS, job growth for statisticians is set to soar 31% through 2028, well above the national average.2 By comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations in that same time frame is projected to be only 5%.2 In 2018, top employers of statisticians included research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences; healthcare and social assistance; and colleges, universities and professional schools in the state, local and private sectors. In that same year, statisticians earned $87,780.2
Financial analyst. If you’re passionate about giving investment advice to people and businesses, this could be the career for you. You’ll assess the performance of stocks, bonds and other investments to determine the best financial strategies for your clients. Financial analysts are often categorized as either buy-side or sell-side analysts. The former works with institutional investors and nonprofit universities with large endowments; the latter advises financial services sales agents who sell stocks and bonds.
The BLS anticipates jobs for financial analysts will grow 6% — equaling 20,300 new positions — through 2028.2 In May 2018, professionals in the field reportedly earned a median annual wage of $85,660.2 Among the top employers that same year were securities, commodity contracts and other financial investments, credit intermediation and insurance carriers.
Management analyst. Often called management consultants, these are the people responsible for proposing ways to improve efficiency in an organization. If you choose this career track, you'll wear many hats – from interviewing personnel and analyzing expenditure to recommending new procedures and collaborating with managers to solve operational challenges.
With companies across all industries looking for ways to improve efficiency and mitigate costs, the skills of management analysts are looking to be a hot commodity for years to come. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of management analysts is set to grow 14% through 2028, which is much faster than the national average for all occupations.2 IT consultants are expected to see an especially high demand in the coming years. Along with promising career outlook projections, the salary for management analysts in 2018 was reportedly $83,610.2 By comparison, business operations specialists reported average annual earnings of $67,120 in that same time period. 18% of all management analysts were also self-employed.2
You'll be able to apply what you've learned to a variety of real-world problems in almost any field, from pharmaceuticals to sports statistics. Wherever there's a need for quantitative analysis or modeling, you'll have an opportunity to use your online math degree in real, impactful ways.
Matthew Benet '16, for instance, earned a perfect GRE score of 170 in mathematics and went on to become a teaching assistant Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth summer program.
"Throughout high school I made it a point to help my fellow classmates understand what was frustrating them in math and would always strive for the moment when they got a big smile on their faces and started enjoying themselves ... There is nothing more pure than math; it's the core basic universal truth. Science is a theory that somewhere down the line might be disproven by some improbable possibility. I love science, but no matter what, math ties into everything," Benet said.
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
As a Southern New Hampshire University student, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 peers, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate your industry. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
See why 96% of students would recommend SNHU.*
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
If you have a genuine interest in mathematics, you have an ideal way to multiply your skills with the online BA in Mathematics degree program.
This online math degree provides broad exposure to the key branches of mathematics. In addition, students will strengthen their math skills and marketability through the use of industry standard programming languages like Python, Matlab and R to solve real-world problems in business, finance – just about any discipline.
In addition to completing your core BA requirements, you'll complete 15 math courses as you work toward your math degree online, including three math elective courses based on your particular areas of interest. Courses in this program are taught by seasoned faculty with real-world experience as mathematicians and educators across a broad range of fields, including business, economics, technology, natural sciences and social sciences.
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Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
You can most certainly earn your math degree online. If you choose SNHU, you'll have the added benefit of receiving one of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation. We are so committed to making education more accessible and affordable for our learners, we've kept our tuition rates frozen since 2012.
Opting to go to school online has many other benefits, too. It's more flexible than a traditional in-person classroom, for one. You can log in whenever you want to complete weekly assignments, and never need to worry about the hassle of a long commute. This not only gives you the ability to study on your own time, but empowers you to advance your education without having to put your life on hold.
More and more working adults with busy lives are choosing the path of distance learning. And with an accredited, respected, nonprofit institution like Southern New Hampshire University, you can rest easy knowing that you will have the support you need every step of the way.
The amount of time it takes to earn a mathematics degree online really depends on 2 key factors:
If you've earned general education credits, you may be closer than you think to earning your bachelor's. We also offer Pathways to Math Success assessments, which allow you to show your knowledge of the materials in your program's math courses. Each course assessment is less than $50, and depending on your scores, you can earn up to 6 math credits, saving you both time and money – and moving you that much closer to earning your degree.
We also accept up to 90 transfer credits for our undergraduate programs and offer a free credit evaluation. This gives you the opportunity to look at all your previously earned credits and determine what is transferable to a bachelor's-level program. Once you have this information, you'll be able to identify the classes you'll need to take moving forward, and have a clearer picture of the time it will take to graduate.
Because math reasoning skills are so transferable, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a math degree can help prepare you for a number of professions, many of which can turn into rewarding careers.
Fields that require math proficiency include:
These are just a starting point. Virtually all fields benefit from the analytical and problem-solving skills students learn in mathematics.
Take, for example, law enforcement.
"Data analysis, applied statistics and applied mathematics are being used throughout the country and progressively in law enforcement agencies," said Tim McMillan, a police officer who earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. "I wanted to be on the forefront."
Once he earned his math degree, he was able to use it in the workplace. "We set up an operation where we used a bait car. It was rigged so we can remotely shut it down and lock the doors, keeping someone inside who's trying to steal it."
"I was able to do the time analysis beforehand using applied mathematics — the same procedure that’s in any other statistical research — to determine what times were the best times to do this operation. So we didn't have to guess, we were able to have a plan as to what time statistically tipped the scales in our favor."
Math can be seen everywhere. Chefs or gardeners use math fundamentals to measure and purchase supplies. Event planners use math to figure out per-head costs and inventory. Seamstresses and decorators use math on a daily basis, too, as does anyone who works with measurements and schedules.
Read more about the importance of mathematics.
SNHU's online math degree is a Bachelor of Arts (BA).
Why does that matter? The short answer is: it doesn't. While BS and BA programs may differ in some ways, both options end with a credential that can help start or advance your career. The one you choose really depends on your desired field of study.
A Bachelor of Science degree will typically dig deep into hard skills, and is usually a better fit for someone seeking technical or scientific knowledge. Fields like data analytics or health information management typically fall under this category.
On the other hand, a Bachelor of Arts degree is usually designed for learners seeking soft skills. The BA in mathematics, for example, specifically focuses on advanced mathematical methods, reasoning and problem solving in the areas of analysis, algebra and statistics.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
*According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/home.htm and https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm and https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm and https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/management-analysts.htm (viewed online Sept. 23, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.