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Graduates from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science have little difficulty in finding positions in industry, government, and education. The demand for individuals well-trained in statistics, in computer science, and in applied mathematics is greater than the available supply. In addition, a number of graduates in mathematics have elected careers in business and other related fields where they have found their logical and analytical skills to be well-rewarded.
Teaching or Research Assistantships
The department has a limited number of Teaching or Research Assistantship available to support full-time students. As a teaching assistant or research assistant, students will receive a stipend and an educational fee scholarship. Under the terms of the fee scholarship, a graduate assistant will be eligible for a educational fee scholarship (full remission of educational fees for 9 hours of graduate level courses for each semester that a student holds the graduate assistantship appointment and the courses must be part of the students degree program) for Graduate Assistants plus the stipend.
Any student who intends to apply for financial assistance, in the form of a Teaching Assistantship or a Research Assistantship, is required to have three letters of recommendation submitted with the application to the desired graduate program. The application must include scores on the GRE general aptitude test. The application form for an Assistantship is available online. Applications for financial assistance should be submitted before February 1 prior to the academic year in which the student expects to begin graduate study. Notifications of awards are generally made by March 15 and students awarded financial assistance are expected to return letters of acceptance by April 15. Graduate assistantships will not be awarded to international students whose TOEFL scores are below 570 PBT, 230 CBT, or 88 IBT. Note that the University does not allow international students whose first language is not English to teach during their first term of study.
Please note that you must apply for admission before we can consider an application for an Assistantship. See the Graduate School's Rules and Regulations for University requirements for Teaching or Research Assistants.
The department has other part-time opportunities for students to work as a grader or as a tutor in a "help Lab". As a part-time employee for the department, students will receive an hourly wage only. Students can pick up applications for part-time employment opportunities in the department office (311 ESH).
The University has several other possibilities for financial assistance.
Full-Time and Part-Time Study
The Graduate School maintains online copies of its Rules and Regulations. You can find the definition of normal course loads and the definition of full-time. Student who have full-time employment normally pursue the degree part- time. All courses are offered in the evenings as well as the day to meet their needs. There also are the rules on the time limits on completion of degree requirements and the requirements for minimum enrollment, and the rules for placement on probation or dismissal.
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Missouri - St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri 63121-4499
Office Phone: (314) 516-5743
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