2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, MS

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Program Description:

The Mathematics Graduate Program promotes the study of classical and modern topics in advanced mathematics.  It provides excellent preparation for further graduate work in the mathematical sciences, and offers a solid foundation for a career in teaching or any technical field that requires advanced analytical reasoning.  Students typically take courses in modern algebra, analysis, combinatorics, graph theory, geometry, numerical analysis and probability and statistics.  Program requirements are flexible to allow students to pursue individual interests.

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants are expected to meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study established by the Graduate School.  In addition, applicants should have the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in mathematics (a minimum of 14 semester hours in mathematics beyond calculus).

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Mathematics Concentration

The Master of Science degree program in Mathematics offers advanced mathematical training in the traditional areas of mathematics, yet is flexible enough to allow students to pursue related interests in mathematics. Students may select courses in algebra, analysis, combinatorics, and geometry, as well as differential equations, graph theory, numerical analysis, probability, and statistical theory. Individual interests and future goals determine the actual course of study, within the guidelines given below.

The Mathematics Concentration is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in mathematics or the equivalent. Applicants for this program should have completed a minimum of 14 semester hours of mathematics beyond calculus. Courses in analysis (advanced calculus), linear algebra and modern algebra are particularly important. However, courses in other areas of mathematics may also provide the foundation needed for graduate work in mathematics. Applicants with insufficient preparation may be admitted on the condition that they complete certain prerequisite work to be specified by the department at the time of admission.

The M.S. degree in Mathematics requires 30 semester credits of course work, which must include 16 credits, and at least one 2 course sequence, of mathematics classes numbered 7000 and above. The remaining credits may be taken from 6000 or  7000-level mathematics courses, chosen in conjunction with an advisor.

Students graduating from this program typically assume positions in teaching or business, or pursue further graduate training leading to the Ph.D. degree.

Program Requirements:

The Master of Science degree may be earned by satisfying the requirements of the mathematics or the applied mathematics option. The mathematics option is a flexible program emphasizing advanced mathematical concepts in the core areas of mathematics. Students may either complete a traditional curriculum in mathematics or develop, with a graduate advisor, a plan of study that is tailored to their individual needs. Either option can provide a solid foundation for doctoral study in mathematics or for a career in teaching, industry, or government.

All master’s degree candidates are required to pass comprehensive written examinations. The department makes provision for part-time degree candidates by offering courses in the late afternoon or evening.

Students must complete 30 hours of advisor-approved graduate level MTH and STT courses. At least 16 hours must be at the 7000-level.

Students must complete one full-year sequence of 7000-level MTH courses.


Students may also choose to write a thesis under the direction of a thesis advisor. A thesis will count for at most 6 credit hours in the program. The thesis must be approved by the student’s advisor and must be prepared to conform to the standards established by the School of Graduate Studies. A thesis defense will be required.

Students completing a thesis must pass two (2) 90-minute comprehensive examinations over selected coursework. Students not completing a thesis must pass three (3) 90-minute comprehensive examinations over selected coursework.

Total: 30 Hours

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