Professor of Mathematics

Challenge. Instruct. Build the next generation of innovators as a professor of mathematics.

become a math professor, work as a community college math professorWhat Does a Career as a Professor of Mathematics Look Like?

Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Responsibilities vary depending on your level of education and place of employment. Instructors at community colleges focus primarily on instruction; professors at universities also oversee and conduct research. In general, professors typically:

  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as linear algebra, differential equations and discrete mathematics.  
  • Evaluate and grade classwork, assignments and papers.  
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments and handouts.  
  • Initiate, facilitate and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Prepare, oversee, conduct and document research.
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate students working on research projects.

Professor of Mathematics Salary and Forecast

Professors of mathematics earn a national median salary of $75,521 (as of 2016).

Math professor salary range

Job opportunities in higher education for math professors are growing at a rate of 16.34% per year, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 18.34%.

math professor job forecast

What Education is Required to Work as a Professor of Mathematics?

Most professors begin with an undergraduate degree in mathematics or an associated field. They advance to graduate work and eventually choose a field of mathematics in which to specialize. They may teach at a community college along the way, gaining experience in higher education, or they may pursue research right away, culminating in a PhD and a position as a professor at a college or university.

A graduate certificate in mathematics supplies the knowledge and credentials needed to work as a professor of mathematics at a community college. Earn graduate credit hours in math from a widely respected brick and mortar university—online.

math professor education requirements, what education do I need to become a math professor

Math Professor Job Opportunities

Math professors are in high demand. Explore job opportunities:

Ready to Get Started?

Want to be part of the building of a great nation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians? Apply now to get the education required for a rewarding career as a professor of mathematics.

Apply Now

Ready to get started?

Upcoming Deadlines

Certificate Programs

  • Apply by November 25th for Spring (still accepting applications past the deadline)
  • Apply by March 25th for Summer I
  • Apply by May 10th for Summer II
  • Apply by June 25th for Fall

Applications may be considered past the deadline as space permits.

Tuition & Monthly Payment Plans

Tuition and fee information for the upcoming semester can be found on NC State's Online and Distance Education site. Current students may find their information on the Cashier's Office & Student Accounts website.

NC State offers a monthly payment plan.

Explore Careers Enhancements