Master of Science in Mathematics

The School of Mathematics provides opportunities for study in a wide range of mathematical disciplines. First-year graduate sequences include algebra, analysis, differential equations, geometry, numerical analysis, probability, quantitative finance, statistics, and topology in addition to courses in methods of applied mathematics.

A program of study leading to a master's degree in mathematics consists of 30 credit hours and must include at least twelve hours at the 6000 level or above in mathematics, with courses in at least three different fields of Mathematics, as follows.

  1. At least two classes from a concentration in Analysis.
    1. Analysis: MATH 6321, 6337, 6338, 6580, 7334, 7337, 7338. One of these two classes must be MATH 6337 or 6338
  2. At least one class in two of the following areas.
    1. Discrete Mathematics and Algebra: MATH 6014, 6121, 6122, 7016, 7018
    2. Geometry and Topology: MATH 6441, 6442, 6455, 6456, 6457, 6458
    3. Differential Equations: MATH 6307, 6308, 6341, 6342
    4. Probability and Mathematical Statistics: MATH 6241, 6242, 7244, 7245, 6262, 6263, 6266, 6267
    5. Numerical Analysis: MATH 6640, 6643, 6644, 6645, 6646

Classes taken to satisfy criteria (1) and (2) must be passed with a grade of B or better.

The remaining 18 hours required may be taken under either a thesis or a non-thesis option. Under the thesis option, the program must include a thesis (up to nine thesis hours) and additional hours of coursework at the 4000 level or higher. Under the non-thesis option, the program must include a total of 18 hours of coursework at the 6000 level or higher in Mathematics, with a grade of B or better, and the remaining twelve hours are free electives. Under either of these options, MATH 6701 and 6702, as well as all courses required by number for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics or Discrete Mathematics (MATH 3012, 3215, 4107, 4317, 4318, 4320, and 4640), do not carry degree credit for graduate mathematics majors, and may not be used to fulfill these degree requirements.

Students must maintain an overall grade-point average of at least 2.7 and receive a grade of C or better in each mathematics course in the program of study.