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MA Mathematics is a 2-year postgraduate course offered in almost all of the institutes in India. The course is offered in both regular mode and distance education mode. The basic eligibility for pursuing this course is that the student should have cleared the graduation with mathematics as the chief subject.

Some of the top institutes offering this course are:

  • Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi
  • Miranda House College, New Delhi
  • Arya Vidyapeeth College, Guwahati
  • Ranchi University, Ranchi
  • University of Lucknow, Lucknow
  • Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi
  • Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Garhwal

Many of the universities conduct entrance tests for this course such as the Delhi University. DU offers the same MA/M.Sc. course so that is not to be confused. After studying the same course, those who have done BA get the degree of MA while those who have done B.Sc. get the degree of M.Sc. Other than DU, Kanpur University also conducts entrance tests for admissions into the MA Mathematics course.

Delhi University is expected to release its first cut-off list by the end of May 2019. Kanpur university will also probably organize the entrance test for MA Mathematics in the month of May or June as per the past trends.

This course is a detailed application-based study of mathematics. The subject teaches concepts of theorems, algorithms, algebra, calculus etc. It provides with the dimensional growth of the student in the field of mathematics. The average tuition fee for this course ranges between INR 10,000 and INR 1.2 Lakhs.

After completing this course, students get to work in profiles like Teachers, Statisticians, Researcher, Loan Officers, etc. Some of the major recruiters are Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey and Company. The average starting salary ranges from INR 3-7 Lakhs.

Top Colleges for Master of Arts [MA] (Mathematics)

  • Master of Arts [MA] (Mathematics) in Uttar Pradesh
  • Master of Arts [MA] (Mathematics) in Assam
  • Master of Arts [MA] (Mathematics) in Uttarakhand
  • Master of Arts [MA] (Mathematics) in Haryana
  • Master of Arts [MA] (Mathematics) in Rajasthan

MA Mathematics: Highlights

Course LevelMasters
Examination TypeSemester-wise/Year-wise
Eligibility for the programGraduation with Mathematics as a chief subject.
Duration of the program2 years
Number of students enrolled in Arts ProgramsOver 70 Lakh
Average Tuition FeeINR 10,000 and INR 1.2 Lakhs
Average Salary (per month)INR 3-7 Lakhs
Job ProfilesTeachers, Statisticians, Loan Officers, Researchers, Demographer, Accountant, etc.

MA Mathematics: What is it about?

MA Mathematics is a course which provides with an analytical and broad-based understanding of mathematics. The master level course provides a study of various theorems, algorithms, calculus and various practical applications of mathematics in the 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.

Any student or individual who loves mathematical 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 a 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 is a scientific course and those who love to deal with challenges should pursue this course.

MA Mathematics: Syllabus

The following table gives a brief insight into the syllabus of this course. Though mentioned carefully, this is not a strict description and the subjects can vary from college to college.

Semester 1Semester 2
Linear AlgebraPartial Differential Equations
Modern AlgebraDifferential Geometry
Elements of General TopologyComputer Programming
Numerical AnalysisContinuum Mechanics
Ordinary Differential EquationsComputer Aided Numerical Practical
Semester 3Semester 4
Graph TheoryModern Algebra-Advanced
Set TheoryFunctional Analysis
Mathematical LogicGeneral Topology

To know more about the syllabus, click here.

MA Mathematics: Top Institutes

Some of the top institutes offering this course in India are mentioned below.

Institute NameLocationAverage Fees (per annum)
Lady Shri Ram College for WomenNew DelhiINR 18,000
Miranda House CollegeNew DelhiINR 15,000
Arya Vidyapeeth CollegeGuwahatiINR 7,000
Hindu CollegeNew DelhiINR 16,000
Ranchi UniversityRanchiINR 15,000
University of LucknowLucknowINR 8,500
The IIS UniversityJaipurINR 63,000
Jamia Millia Islamia UniversityNew DelhiINR 7,100
Utkal UniversityBhubaneshwarINR 2,200
Bundelkhand UniversityJhansiINR 10,000
Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal UniversityGarhwalINR 5,000
CMJ UniversityShillongINR 1,05,000

MA Mathematics: Eligibility

The basic eligibility for pursuing MA Mathematics is that the student should have completed the graduation with mathematics as the chief subject. The graduation should have been done from a recognized institute. The student should have also obtained at least 50% marks in the qualifying exam.

Some institutes also make it mandatory for students to have an honors graduate degree in mathematics.

MA Mathematics: Admission Process

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 varies largely as there are large numbers of applicants every year. The admission forms are generally released in the month of May and June.

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 themselves with the university by filling a form which is common for all. Then the university asks 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. 

MA Mathematics: Distance Education

This course is also available at various universities in distance education mode. The duration of the course remains the same but can go up to 5 years if needed. 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, Berhampur
  • IGNOU, New Delhi

MA Mathematics: Career Prospects


There are a lot of career opportunities after completing MA Mathematics course. The major recruiters are:

  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Edward Jones
  • Intel
  • Qualcomm
  • Google

The major job profiles are:

  • Teacher
  • Lecturer
  • Statistician
  • Researcher
  • Accountant

To know more about other profiles and the job descriptions in detail, click here.

Higher Studies

Those who want to study furthermore can go for courses like:

  • M.Phil. Mathematics
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics
  • M.Phil. Applied Mathematics
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Statistics

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