link to homepage
Mathematics

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