Minor Programmes in Mathematics and Finance


The Division of Mathematical Sciences (MAS) offers a Minor in Mathematics for non-MAS majors, and a Minor in Finance for selected MAS majors. The Minor in Finance is offered in collaboration with the Nanyang Business School.

Minor in Mathematics

NTU students not majoring in the Mathematical Sciences are eligible to pursue a minor in Mathematics. This minor programme introduces students to the fundamental topics of mathematics, such as linear algebra, disrete mathematics, and group theory, as well as advanced pure and applied mathematics topics such as topology, graph theory, and optimization.

The minor requirements are as follows:

  • A minimum of 15 AU of MHXXX (Mathematical Sciences) courses...
  • ... excluding MH1401, MH1402, MH2401, MH4900, MH4901, MH4903, MH4907, MH8xxx, and MH9xxx; and also excluding Engineering Math courses (MH1810/MH1811/MH1812/MH2810/MH2811/MH2814).
  • At least 6 AU must be intermediate-to-advanced courses (MH2XXX/3XXX/4XXX).

For students who do not have calculus and/or linear algebra in their major curriculum, the following course combination is highly recommended:

For students who have calculus and/or linear algebra in their major curriculum (equivalent to MH1100/MH1101/MH1200 or MH1802/MH1803/MH2802), we recommend fulfilling the minor requirements with courses other than introductory calculus and/or linear algebra. Some suitable courses are listed below:

MH1300 - Foundations of Mathematics 4 AU
MH2100 - Calculus III 4 AU
MH2200 - Groups and Symmetry 3 AU
MH1201 - Linear Algebra II 4 AU
MH1301 - Discrete Mathematics 3 AU
MH2500 - Probability and Introduction to Statistics 4 AU
MH2801 - Complex Methods for the Sciences 3 AU
MH3200 - Abstract Algebra I 3 AU
MH3600 - Knots and Surfaces: Introduction to Topology 4 AU
MH3700 - Numerical Analysis I 3 AU
MH3511 - Data Analysis with Computer 3 AU
MH3210 - Number Theory 4 AU
MH3300 - Graph Theory 4 AU
MH3701 - Basic Optimization 4 AU

For students in the C.N. Yang Scholars programme, certain criteria are modified:

  • The following courses do not count towards a minor in Mathematics: MH1100, MH1101, MH1200, MH1201, and MH2100.
  • The requirement of at least six AU from MH2xxx/MH3xxx/MH4xxx is dropped.

Minor in Finance

The use of advanced mathematical methods – such as statistics, probability, computing, differential equations, and optimization – has become essential in many areas of modern finance and economics. The Minor in Finance programme allows select Mathematical Sciences majors to explore this exciting area, by taking additional courses in finance and economics offered by the Nanyang Business School (NBS).


The Minor in Finance programme is offered only to Mathematical Sciences (MAS) majors. Students can enter this programme in two ways. The first route is to matriculate directly into the programme. The second route is to matriculate into the regular BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences programme, and enter the minor programme afterwards. MAS students wishing to take the second route should read BU8201 (Business Finance) during their first year of study.

Students must receive a minimum of B+ in the course to be eligible for admission into the Minor in Finance programme. At the end of the first year of study, the division will shortlist and invite eligible students to apply.

Requirements for the Minor

To complete the Minor in Finance, students are required to take a total of 15 AU, consisting of two compulsory courses and two elective courses:

(*) For MAS students who have successfully enrolled in the Minor in Finance programme and received a minimum of B+ in BU8201 (Business Finance), please send a waiver request of the Prerequisite (AB102/AB1201) for BF2201 (Investments) via email to spmsundgrad@ntu.edu.sg.