Masters Programs
Mathematics (M.S. Program)
The M.S. in Mathematics is our most rigorous program at the masters level. The program is designed for students who intend to study at the Ph.D. level in mathematical sciences, as well as for other students who are looking for a challenge.
The Master of Science in Mathematics is offered under the following options:
Plan A: Twentysix credits in course work plus an eight credit thesis.
Plan B: Twentynine credits in course work plus a three credit essay.
Plan C: Thirtytwo credits in course work.
Degree Requirements: Specific requirements for the degree are the following:
1. At least twentyfour credits in course work from the Department of Mathematics, including credits earned toward a thesis or essay under Plan A or Plan B options.
2. MAT 5420, 5430, and 6420; or MAT 6420 and 7400; if not previously completed.
3. MAT 5600, 5610, and 6600: or MAT 6600 and 7600; if not previously completed.
4. MAT 6500 or 7500, if not previously completed.
5. At least two additional courses from the following list: MAT 5030, 5100, 5110, 5210, 5220, 5230, 5280, 5400, 5410, 5520, 5530, 5700, 5710, 5770, 5800, 5870, 6400, 6410, 6840, 7200, 7210, 7220, 7230, 7240, 7400, 7410, 7500, 7510, 7520, 7600, 7610, 7630, 7700, 7710, 7810, 7820. Other courses may be approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee on an individual basis.
6. A final oral examination. All students in Plan C are required to take this examination. Students in Plan A or B may, upon recommendation of the thesis or essay adviser, be excused from the final oral examination by the Departmental Graduate Committee.
7. A public lecture on the thesis or essay for each student in Plan A or Plan B.
8. By the time twelve credits have been earned, each student must submit a Plan of Work, approved by a departmental adviser, to the director of the program. In the Plan of Work, the student must choose Plan A, Plan B, or Plan C. The Plan of Work must be approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee, at which time the student will be advanced to candidacy. Students are not allowed to take more than twelve credits in the program unless candidacy has been established.
Note: Candidates for the Master of Science in Mathematics are exempt from the requirement of the Graduate School that six credits in the major field must be in courses numbered 7000 and above.
Note: The following courses cannot be applied towards this degree: MAT 5000, 5005, 5070, 6130, 6140, 6150, 6170, 6180, 6200, 6210.
Mathematics (M.A. Program)
The Department of Mathematics is no longer accepting new applications for the M.A. in Mathematics. Students who are currently enrolled in the program may continue their plan of study in this program.
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: The Master of Arts with a Major in Mathematics is offered under the following options:
Plan A: Twentyfour credits in course work plus an eight credit thesis.
Plan B: Twentyseven credits in course work plus a three credit essay.
Plan C: Thirty credits in course work.
Completion of these plans must satisfy the following criteria:
1. At least twentyfour credits must be earned in course work from the Mathematics Department. Credits earned toward a thesis or essay in accordance with Plan A or Plan B may be included among these twentyfour credits.
2. Election of Mathematics 5420, 5430, 5600 and 5610, if not previously completed. Election of Mathematics 6500 or 6600, if not previously completed.
3. Election of at least two of the following, if not previously completed: Mathematics 5100, 5220, 5230, 5410, 5530, 5700, 5770, 5800, 5870. These courses represent several areas of applied mathematics.
4. Election of at least one additional mathematics course numbered 6000, or higher, with the exception of Mathematics 7999, 8999 and the teacher preparation courses Mathematics 6130, 6140, 6150, 6170, 6180, 6200, 6210.
5. By the time twelve credits have been earned a Plan of Work, approved by a departmental adviser, should be submitted to the director of the master's program in mathematics. At this time, the Graduate Committee will act on the application for candidacy. The student will not be allowed to take more than twelve credits in the master's program unless candidacy has been established.
6. In the Plan of Work the student will state his or her choice of one of the plans A, B, or C. The choice of plan must be approved by the Graduate Committee.
7. There is a final oral examination for the master's degree. All students in Plan C are required to take this examination. Students in Plan A or B may, upon recommendation of the thesis or essay adviser, be excused from the final oral examination by the Graduate Committee.
8. It is required that the thesis or essay of each student in Plans A or B be presented in a public lecture.
9. All graduates completing their degree by the master's essay option must have an detailed outline of their essay submitted to the graduate committee chair for review within the first two weeks of the semester in which they will complete all the credits for MAT 7999. In order to register for MAT 7999, candidates should fill out this form. Furthermore, these students must have the completed essay submitted to the graduate committee chair four weeks prior to their presentation.
NOTE: Candidates for the Master of Arts degree with a major in mathematics or in mathematical statistics are exempt from the requirement of the Graduate School that six credits in the major field must be in courses numbered 7000 and above.
Mathematical Statistics (M.A. Program)
Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School; for requirements, see Admission, Regular. The entrance requirements include successful completion of twelve semester credits in mathematics beyond sophomore calculus (equivalent to MAT 2010, 2020, 2030, 2250, and 2350); this course work should include advanced calculus and linear or modern algebra. Credit accrued in courses such as the history of mathematics or the teaching of mathematics, in which the study of mathematics itself is not the primary purpose, will not be counted toward this requirement. As preparation for graduate study, the Department of Mathematics strongly recommends undergraduate course work along the line of option A, described under Bachelor’s Degrees in the undergraduate bulletin.
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Arts in Mathematical Statistics is offered under the following options:
Plan A: Twentyfour credits in course work plus an eight credit thesis in the area of mathematical statistics.
Plan B: Twentyseven credits in course work plus a three credit essay in the area of mathematical statistics.
Plan C: Thirty credits in course work.
Specific requirements for the degree are the following:
1. At least twentyfour credits in course work from the Department of Mathematics, including credits earned toward a thesis or essay under Plan A or Plan B options.
2. MAT 5420 and 5430, or MAT 7400, if not previously completed.
3. MAT 5600 and 5610, or MAT 7600, if not previously completed.
4. MAT 5700 and 5710, or MAT 7700, if not previously completed.
5. MAT 5800 or MAT 7810, if not previously completed.
6. At least two additional courses from the following list: MAT 5030, 5770, 5830, 5870, 6420, 6600, 6830, 6840, 7700, 7710, 7810, 7820. MAT 7700 is recommended. Other courses may be approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee on an individual basis.
7. A final oral examination. All students in Plan C are required to take this examination. Students in Plan A or B may, upon recommendation of the thesis or essay adviser, be excused from the final oral examination by the Departmental Graduate Committee.
8. A public lecture on the thesis or essay for each student in Plan A or Plan B.
9. By the time twelve credits have been earned, each student must submit a Plan of Work, approved by a departmental adviser, to the director of the program. In the Plan of Work, the student must choose Plan A, Plan B, or Plan C. The Plan of Work must be approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee, at which time the student will be advanced to candidacy. Students are not allowed to take more than twelve credits in the program unless candidacy has been established.
NOTE: Candidates for the Master of Arts in Mathematical Statistics are exempt from the Graduate School requirement that six credits in the major field must be in courses numbered 7000 and above.
NOTE: The following courses cannot be applied towards this degree: MAT 5000, 5005, 5070, 6130, 6140, 6150, 6170, 6180, 6200, 6210.
Scholarship: All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees: see the sections of this bulletin under Academic Regulations for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Academic Regulations, Graduate, respectively.
Mathematics, Applied (M.A. Program)
This degree is designed for students who are interested in applied mathematics or are interested in applying mathematics to areas outside of mathematics (e.g., biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, geology, medical science, physics, psychology, social science). The program is flexible in that it does not represent the teaching of any fixed body of knowledge. It does require two areas of concentration, one of these being the major in mathematics (pure and applied) with emphasis on the applicable subjects. The minor area is to be either in applied mathematics or in an area outside of mathematics (such as the above) to which the student is interested in applying mathematics. Mathematical methods are emphasized.
Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School; see Admission, Regular. Applicants for the program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics must have either twelve credits beyond the calculus sequence or knowledge equivalent to Mathematics 20102030, 2250, 2350, 5070, 5420, Computer Science 2110 and a good background in some area in which he or she is planning to apply mathematics. A bachelor's degree in mathematics is not required.
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
This program is usually offered as a Plan B master’s degree option requiring twentynine credits of course work plus a three credit essay. However, Plan A (master’s thesis) and Plan C (course work only) options are available with the approval of the Departmental Graduate Committee. The entire program of study must be a coordinated one that meets with the approval of the student’s academic advisor, who will be assigned upon admission.
Specific requirements for the degree are as follows:
1. A minimum of thirtytwo credits.
2. A minimum of twenty credits in mathematics courses not previously completed from the following list: MAT 5030, 5100, 5110, 5210, 5220, 5230, 5280, 5350, 5390, 5400, 5410, 5420, 5430, 5520, 5530, 5600, 5610, 5700, 5710, 5740, 5770, 5800, 5830, 5870, 6400, 6410, 6420, 6500, 6600, 6830, 6840, 7200, 7210, 7220, 7230, 7240, 7400, 7410, 7500, 7510, 7520, 7600, 7610, 7630, 7700, 7710, 7810, and 7820. Additional courses may be approved on an individual basis.
3. A minimum of eight additional credits in the student’s declared minor area.
4. A final oral examination. All students in Plan C are required to take this examination. Students in Plan A or Plan B may, upon recommendation of the thesis or essay adviser, be excused from the final oral examination by the Departmental Graduate Committee.
5. A public lecture on the thesis or essay for each student in Plan A or Plan B.
6. By the time twelve credits have been earned, each student must submit a Plan of Work, approved by a departmental adviser, to the director of the program. In the Plan of Work, the student must choose Plan A, Plan B, or Plan C. The Plan of Work must be approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee, at which time the student will be advanced to candidacy. Students are not allowed to take more than twelve credits in the program unless candidacy has been established.
Each student in this program is ordinarily required to write a projecttype essay for three credits under the direction of a supervisor in the Department of Mathematics and an essay adviser from some department related to the minor area, both of whom must approve the essay. (If the chosen minor area is in applied mathematics, the adviser in the major area can be the same as the adviser in the minor area.) The selection of advisers and topics must be approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee.
NOTE: The following courses cannot be applied towards this degree: MAT 5000, 5005, 5070. The following courses can only be applied towards requirement 3 for the minor in education: MAT 6130, 6140, 6150, 6170, 6180, 6200, 6210.
Scholarship: All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees: see the sections of this bulletin under Academic Regulations for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Academic Regulations, Graduate, respectively.
Mathematics (M.A. General Requirements)
Admission to these programs is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School; see Admission, Regular.
Except for the program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics, the entrance requirements for the master's programs in mathematics and statistics include successful completion of twelve semester credits in mathematics beyond sophomore calculus (equivalent to MAT 2010, 2020, 2030, 2250, and 2350); this course work should include advanced calculus and linear or modern algebra. Credit accrued in courses such as the history of mathematics or the teaching of mathematics, in which the study of mathematics itself is not the primary purpose will not be counted toward this requirement. As preparation for graduate study, the Mathematics Department strongly recommends undergraduate course work along the line of option A, described under Bachelor's Degrees in the undergraduate bulletin.
