Mathematics GCERT

College of Sciences
Graduate certificate

About this 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 student’s 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 2019: MATH 625 Graph Theory
Summer 2019: MATH 670 Advanced Geometry
Fall 2019: MATH 605 Fractals and Analysis, STAT 621 Advanced Biostatistics in Health Research
Spring 2020: MATH 615 Advanced Discrete Mathematics
Summer 2020: DATA 611 Data Science & Analytics
Fall 2020: MATH 620 Stochastic Processes

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.

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Enrolling in this program

Program eligibility requirements

Students must have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Mathematics Education or 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 612-659-7150.

Questions about the program can be sent to

Program 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. A list of available courses is given below.

Course requirements

Requirements (18 credits)

MATH 605 Analysis and Fractals

4 credits

This graduate course studies the logical foundations of mathematical analysis using fractal examples to direct our intuition. The tools of analysis give us the machinery for constructing the most complicated mathematical objects, which are used to solve the problems in differential equations, probability, geometry, calculus and functional analysis. Learning how to construct fractals of various types helps us understand the apparatus researchers use to construct solutions to differential equations, stochastic processes, and the most difficult extremal problems. These solutions form the basis of the theories of all classical hard sciences, as well as many new fields such as signal processing, control theory and systems engineering. We will explore the topics of metric spaces and point set topology, measure theory and probability, Hausdorff dimension and chaotic dynamics. This course will serve students with a bachelor's degree in mathematics or closely related fields wishing to deepen…

Full course description for Analysis and Fractals

STAT 621 Advanced Biostatistics in Health Research

4 credits

This course is the application of statistical knowledge in reading, evaluating, and utilizing research findings. Students will know and understand the advanced statistical methods applied in the health sciences, and the students will develop the skills required to critique research, especially nursing research, and to have an understanding of the fundamental requirements of conducting their own research studies.

Full course description for Advanced Biostatistics in Health Research

The department has also offered the following courses which count towards program credits and are in the official inter-faculty curriculum review process to be added to the Course Catalog.

MATH 640 Mathematical Models and Applications (3 credits)

MATH 650 Dynamical Systems (4 credits)

MATH 671 Number Theory (3 credits)