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MS in Mathematics with Concentration in Applications

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This 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.

Students must earn 30 semester hours of graduate credit, 24 hours of which must be in graduate level classes, and six in thesis research. At least 12 of the 24 semester hours have to be in courses numbered 7000 or above. The six hours thesis are not counted toward this requirement. Of the required 24 semester hours course work, a minimum of 12 must be taken in the Department of Mathematics, 9 of which must be at the 7000 level. The remaining 12 hours must be in approved elective courses, and at least 6 of these hours must be in approved courses related to the thesis taken in the College of Basic Sciences, the School of Agriculture, the College of Engineering, or the School of Business. With approval, a maximum of 6 hours from an already obtained MS-degree may be included among these 12 remaining hours.

The requirement for course work external to the Department of Mathematics is to insure the interdisciplinary nature of the degree. These courses must be applicable to the student's thesis and must provide scientific support for the applied mathematics the student is undertaking. The thesis should demonstrate the student's ability to use mathematics effectively in applied research.

The student must form an Advisory Committee consisting of three Graduate Faculty members, two from the Department of Mathematics, and one from an external department in the College of Basic Sciences, the School of Agriculture, the College of Engineering, or the School of Business. The Chair of the Committee serves as the Thesis Advisor and must be from the
Department of Mathematics. The committee is there to help the student develop his course plan and thesis project. It also serves as the Final Exam Committee for the student. The committee must insure that each student's program includes sufficient mathematical prerequisites for the intended program of study.

View four suggested examples of Applied Concentrations by clicking on your choices below.

  1. Control Theory
  2. Discrete Optimization
  3. Statistics and Probability
  4. Transform Theory and Signals