MAster of Science in Mathematics
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 interests in related areas of 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 M.S. degree requires 30 semester credits of course work. These must include 24 credits of math classes numbered 7000 and above, including at least one 2-course sequence. The remaining credits are taken from 6000 or 7000-level mathematics courses, as chosen in conjunction with an advisor. Students graduating from this program with the M.S. in Mathematics degree typically assume positions in teaching or business, or they may pursue further graduate training leading to the Ph.D. degree. The department makes provision for part-time degree candidates by offering all required courses in the late afternoon or evening.
AdmissionThe 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.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, the Master of Science degree in Mathematics may be earned by satisfying the degree requirements described below.
Required 7000-Level Courses - 16 Credits:
Students typically choose required 7000-level courses from:
|MTH 7310, 7320||Real Analysis I, II|
|MTH 7510, 7520||Modern Algebra I, II|
|MTH 7160, 7170||Numerical Analysis I, II|
Elective Courses - 14 credits:
Students typically choose elective courses from the 7000-level courses above and:
|MTH 6190||Cryptography and Data Security|
|MTH 6550||Advanced Linear Algebra|
|MTH 6560||Coding Theory|
|MTH 6570||Combinatorics and Graph Theory|
|MTH 6310, 6320||Real Variables I, II|
|MTH 6510, 6520||Introduction to Modern Algebra I, II|
|STT 6610, 6620||Theory of Statistics I, II|
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.
Students completing a thesis must pass two (2) 90-minutecomprehensive examinations over selected coursework. Students not completing a thesis must pass three (3) 90-minute comprehensive examinations over selected coursework.
TOTAL CREDITS: 30 Credits
Click here for a complete catalogue listing of graduate mathematics courses.
For further information about the mathematics program, contact:
Dr. Joanne Dombrowski, Mathematics Advisor