There are many post-graduation paths that students can follow with a Mathematics or Statistics degree. While some students choose to directly enter the workforce, others choose to pursue graduate degrees.
Careers with a Mathematics or Statistics degree: There are a variety of careers in business, industry, government, and education that one can pursue with a mathematics or statistics degree. Many professional societies maintain career pages that offer suggestions for the types of career paths that students can pursue and advice for how to do so. See, for example, the career-focused pages from the American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America, American Statistical Association, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Society of Actuaries. You can also check out Big Math Network, which promotes careers in Business, Industry, and Government to students in the mathematical sciences; STATtr@k, a website for new statistics professionals navigating a data-centric world; the pages of the American Mathematical Society for Students and the American Statistical Association for Students; This is Statistics; or contact the BU Center for Career Development or your faculty advisor for additional advice and information.
Graduate school in Mathematics: There are a variety of graduate programs in mathematics at both the Masters and PhD level. Choosing a graduate program requires considering a variety of factors, especially your intended career path. The American Mathematical Society maintains a page on Finding the Right Graduate Program and we also strongly recommend that you talk with your faculty advisor about your interests and options. Check out the section on Conferences and Programs Related to Graduate School in Mathematics on our Community page.
Graduate school in Statistics: When pursuing graduate studies in statistics, in addition to choosing between Masters and PhD programs, there are many choices in terms of the focus of given departments and programs. While there are many Statistics departments, you can also study statistics in Data Science Departments or joint Mathematics and Statistics Departments like BU, and you can pursue more specialized degrees in areas like Econometrics, Computational Biology, or Computational Neuroscience. Check out the American Statistical Associations’ guide on Graduate Studies in Statistics and talk to your faculty advisor about your options as statistics is being integrated into more and more fields. Check out the section on Conferences and Programs Related to Graduate School in Mathematics on our Community page.