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Master of Arts [MA] (Mathematics) - Course Overview




    2 YEARS




    Post Graduation

Updated On - January 3rd 2019

Master of Arts in Mathematics or MA Mathematics is a postgraduate course which is a detailed application based study of mathematics. The subject will broaden your concepts on theorems, algorithms, algebra, calculus etc. It provides with the dimensional growth of the student in the field of mathematics, as the student will learn mathematics as a discipline at an advanced level.

The minimum eligibility to pursue this course is a Bachelor’s (Honors) in Mathematics or Bachelor’s degree with Mathematics as a subject from a recognized institution. It is a 2 year course, divided into 4 semesters which implies 2 semesters per year. The average tuition fee of MA Mathematics varies from around 5,000 INR to 25,000 INR per semester.

Any student passing out from this course will find varied jobs and academic options. The average salary of an individual working after this course will vary around from 2.1 Lakh to 3.8 Lakh annually. There are various job profiles available like Teacher, Statistician, Quantitative Analyst etc. Major recruiting firms include Qualcomm, Intel etc.

What is the course about?

MA Mathematics is a course which provides with analytical and broad based understanding of the subject. It requires an understanding of the subject, as it will be depended upon the basics to enhance them into more sharp skills. The master level course provides study of various theorems, algorithms, calculus and various practical applications of mathematics in real world. It teaches how to analyze and deal with various high-standard problems of mathematics. MA Mathematics aims to make students prepared for research and analysis of problem and subject.

Who should opt for the course?

Any student or individual who love to play with theorems and is keen to seek interest in solving large equations should opt for this course. This course tests the mental ability of the individual and any person who has deep interest in analyzing the problems and opts for a sequential step by step method for solving any problem should go for this course. This course is even somehow scientific and students who love to deal with challenges should pursue this course.


MA Mathematics is a 2 years course which is divided into 4 semesters, i.e. 2 semesters each year.

Top institutes

There are many Universities which offer Master of Arts program in Mathematics in their course curriculum. Some of the top colleges for the study of MA Mathematics are:

Name of Institute


St. Stephens College

New Delhi

Miranda House College

New Delhi

Hindu College

New Delhi

Arya Vidyapeeth College


Sai Nath University


SS Jain Subodh PG College


Shia PG College


Nirmala College for Women


The IIS University


Devi Ahilya University


Dibrugarh University


Utkal University


Banaras Hindu University


Bundelkhand University


This course is also available at various universities in distance learning mode. The duration of the course remains the same. They are provided with study material and supplementary classes are held on weekends. Some of the institutes offering this course from distance learning are:

  • Osmania University, Hyderabad
  • Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla
  • Berhampur University, Brahmapur

Academic Option after MA Mathematics

After an MA in Mathematics, a student can further pursue an M.Phil in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. Students who clear UGC NET examination for Mathematics can also apply for PhD in Mathematics. There are other options such as a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics available at IGNOU and Post Graduate Diploma in Statistical Methods with Application available at Indian Statistical Institute

Eligibility Of the Master of Arts [MA] (Mathematics)

Any person who is a graduate from a recognized institution with 50% marks is eligible to take admission in this course, provided the person must have taken mathematics as a subject in his graduation or the graduate degree must be an honors degree in mathematics.

How to Get Admission in Master of Arts [MA] (Mathematics)

The admission process of MA Mathematics is either through entrance examination or direct entry to the program. The student ratio and the seats available in the university vary largely as there are large numbers of applicants every year.

Direct Admission

Universities like University of Delhi and others allow the students from its undergraduate colleges pursuing honors in mathematics to apply for direct admission.

For direct admission the candidate first has to register him or herself with the university by filling a form which is common for all. Then the university seeks from students to update their marks online.

University then releases the list of selected candidates on the basis of merit following which candidate can go ahead and take admission. This process is common with many central universities.

Entrance Test

All the universities be it central or state or deemed conduct an entrance examination for students to get admission into MA Mathematics. 



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