Math Career & Graduate Opportunities

A mathematics degree from Morris gives students the foundation to contribute to our community and society, either as mathematicians or in one of the many careers available to our graduates.

A 2009 occupational survey reported in the Wall Street Journal rated mathematician the best job among 200 occupations. The survey considered environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress. Mathematicians typically work in favorable conditions, have good salaries, and the intellectual aspects of the job are rewarding.

The core attributes of the Mathematics major at Morris are to develop analytical thinking and problem-solving skills. These abilities lead readily into career opportunities in industry, academia and government.

Morris Student Careers

In industry, Morris alumni have moved into:

  • Statistics
  • Actuarial science
  • Insurance
  • Health services
  • Consulting
  • Telecommunication and technology
  • Transportation

Graduates from the Mathematics Discipline have been hired by:

  • Best Buy
  • Target
  • IBM
  • AT&T
  • Unisys
  • Delta Airlines
  • Travelers
  • Mayo Clinic
  • UPS
  • Federal Express
  • Lockheed-Martin

35 percent of Morris mathematics alumni go onto math teaching careers.

Morris alumni have also taken positions with:

  • Office of Naval Research
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • National Security Agency

Working in

  • Cryptography
  • Coding theory
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Optimization
  • Engineering

Morris Graduate Students

In addition to careers in the government and private sector, 35-40 percent of Morris mathematics alumni have continued to graduate and professional studies in mathematical sciences, engineering, computer science, natural and physical sciences, economics and management, law and social science. They have enjoyed great success in admission to advanced degree programs at distinguished institutions, including:

  • Arizona State University
  • Baylor University
  • Bemidji State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Colorado State University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown University School of Law
  • George Washington University
  • Hamline University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Mankato State University
  • Moorhead State University
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Utah
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Washington University
  • Yale University School of Law