Master of Science in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics offers a Master of Science in Mathematics. The department offers a wide variety of courses in areas of actuarial mathematics, industrial and applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and statistics.

Master of Science in Mathematics

Student Learning Outcomes

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Master of Science in Mathematics

  1. Graduate students will acquire an advanced understanding of concepts in areas related to their thesis research and/or area of specialty. Meanwhile, the student should be able to apply the presented theory and methodology to solve related practical problems.
  2. Graduate students will be able to construct and effectively present mathematics information and concepts visually and verbally through oral presentations.
  3. Graduate students will be able to explain mathematical concepts in technical writing to demonstrate their understanding of advanced concepts in areas related to their thesis research and/or area of specialty.

Degree Requirements

The general regulations of the Graduate School, set forth elsewhere in this catalog, apply to the graduate program in mathematics. Any student who has been admitted to graduate study in mathematics but who has not completed the equivalent of MATH 4101 and 4511 must take 5101, and 5511 as early as possible. (Note: MATH 5101 is required for graduation, but does not contribute towards graduate credit for the MS degree in mathematics. MATH 5511 counts towards graduate credit.)

The student must complete at least 18 hours of 6000-level courses in the Mathematics Department. Up to nine non-math hours can be used toward the degree and these courses must be math-oriented or direct applications of math and must be approved by the Graduate Advisory Committee of the mathematics department.

The student must obtain at least a 3.0 average in all graduate level courses, excluding Thesis Research, whether or not the course is offered for degree requirements. The student is given the choice of whether or not to write a Master’s Degree Thesis. The total number of semester hours required is 36 for non-thesis option and 30 for the thesis option. Students who choose to write a thesis must give an oral presentation of the thesis with satisfactory performance. Students who choose the non-thesis option must give a satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination that covers three math courses given for graduate credit.

The student is allowed to take the comprehensive examination up to two times. This exam is offered in April and November.