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Masters Degree Requirements

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Non-Thesis MS

The requirements for the non-thesis MS degree in Mathematics are the following.

  • Completion of at least 36 semester hours of graduate credit, of which at least 24 hours must be in mathematics, and at least 18 must be in 7000-level mathematics courses.
  • Completion of the Common Core Courses: Algebra I (Math 7210), Real Analysis (Math 7311), and Topology I (Math 7510). These courses must be included among the required hours of mathematics classes.
  • Pass the MS Comprehensive Examination, which is the same exam as the PhD Qualifying Exam , at least at the MS Qualifying level. The exam consists of three sub-tests, each of three hours duration. These sub-tests cover the material commonly found in the Core courses: Algebra I (7210), Real Analysis (7311), and Topology I (7510). Passing each of the three sub-tests at the MS Qualifying level constitutes the major portion of the Final Exam for the non-thesis MS.
  • Since this MS program prepares a student to take the Comrehensive/PhD Qualifying Exam, it is the normal choice of curriculum for doctoral-preparatory study

Thesis MS

This program is based on breadth of exposure in mathematics and requires an MS thesis. The requirements for the thesis MS degree in Mathematics are the following.

  • Completion of at least 36 semester hours of graduate credit, of which at least 24 hours must be in mathematics, and at least 18 must be in 7000-level mathematics courses.
  • Completion of the Common Core Courses: Algebra I (Math 7210), Real Analysis (Math 7311), and Topology I (Math 7510). These courses must be included among the required hours of mathematics classes and must be completed with at least a B-average.
  • Completion of 6 hours of thesis credit (Math 8000).
  • During the second semester of study, the student will need to form an Advisory Committee of at least three members of the graduate faculty in mathematics, one of whom will be the student's Thesis Advisor and the Chair of the Committee. These faculty members must represent at least two of the following specialties: algebra, analysis, applied math or combinatorics, topology. With the Advisor's suggestion, and the Committee's approval, the student will select a thesis topic. The thesis must be an original and interesting contribution to the field, or a worthwhile and useful expository work, or a substantial application of mathematics.
  • Pass the MS Final Exam, which will consist of an oral defense of the thesis.

MS in Math with Concentration in Applications

The program is designed to provide graduate students in the sciences an opportunity to obtain a mathematics degree directly related to their specialty. To benefit the most students, flexibility is required. The range of applications of mathematics continues to broaden, and the uses and training needed varies with the student and his research objectives. For further information, use this link for the Concentration in Applications with the MS in Mathematics.

MS in Math with Concentration in Financial Mathematics

The Departments of Mathematics and Finance have combined their skills and talents to offer an interdisciplinary program of study: the MS in Mathematics with a Concentration in Financial Mathematics. Integrating financial theory with applied mathematics, this interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare individuals with backgrounds in mathematics, engineering, or the quantitative sciences for careers in today's sophisticated financial markets. The MS in Mathematics with a Concentration in Financial Mathematics is designed as a two-year full-time degree program. For further information, use this link for the MS in Mathematics with a Concentration in Financial Mathematics.