## Master's Degree Program

The program is designed to meet the needs of four groups of students:

- Those attracted to mathematics as a major scholarly pursuit including students who plan eventually to work toward the doctorate in the field
- Those preparing for the teaching careers, particularly in high schools and community college
- Those preparing for the professions or vocations in which mathematics is important as e.g. actuarial or statistical work
- Those who wish to supplement their study in other fields with suitable courses in mathematics

**Prerequisites:**

All entering students are required to have a background preparation equivalent to the undergraduate major in the College of Liberal Arts. Specifically, that means

- Courses through calculus supplemented by at least 18 hours of mathematics on the higher level including the advanced calculus sequence.

The four semester sequence of (regular) calculus is a prerequisite
to all higher level courses.

Reading knowledge of French or German is desirable but not a formal
requirement.

**Master of Arts**

A candidate must complete 30 graduate hours including the first course from five of the following sequences:

- Math 501/502 -- Topology
- Math 625/626 -- Modern Algebra
- Math 573/574 -- Applied Probability
- Math 575/576 -- Statistics
- Math 653/654 -- Theory of Functions of Real Variable
- Math 655/656 -- Theory of Functions of Complex Variable
- Math 681/682 -- Graph Theory

The candidate must complete the second course in two of the above
sequences.

The 30 semester hour requirement can be satisfied in one of three ways:

- 30 hours of graduate mathematics
- 24 hours of graduate mathematics and an approved 6 hours minor
- 24 hours of graduate mathematics and a master thesis

The program is completed by passing the MA exam or the defense of the
thesis.

Master of Science

A candidate must complete 30 graduate hours including at least two of
the following sequences:

- Math 625/626 -- Modern Algebra
- Math 653/654 -- Theory of Functions of Real Variable
- Math 655/656 -- Theory of Functions of Complex Variable

The 30 semester hour requirement can be satisfied in one of three ways:

- 30 hours of graduate mathematics
- 24 hours of graduate mathematics and an approved 6 hours minor
- 24 hours of graduate mathematics and a master thesis.