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  Sep 23, 2017
2017-2018 General Catalog

Mathematics, M.S.

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Master Requirements for Mathematics

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Minimum Degree Hours: 30

The M.A. and M.S. degree requirements are identical except that the M.A. degree requires an additional language proficiency. The following is a list of departmental requirements for candidates seeking a M.S. or M.A. degree in mathematics.  


For the Master's degree in pure mathematics:

For the Master's degree in applied mathematics:

Written Qualifying Examinations

The written qualifying examinations are given twice a year, in January and August, just before the spring or the fall semester starts. A candidate can fulfill the graduation requirements by passing two written qualifying examinations, chosen from the following set of subjects (corresponding course numbers included in parentheses):

  • algebra (6310-6320)
  • applied mathematics (6710-6720)
  • differential equations (6410-6420)
  • geometry and topology (6510-6520)
  • numerical analysis (6610-6620)
  • probability (6040)
  • real and complex analysis (6210-6220)
  • statistics (6070)

Each exam lasts three hours and is written at a first year graduate level. Entering students are required to take the 6000-level course corresponding to a particular exam and use the course materials to prepare for the exams. Copies of past exams are posted (as pdf files) on the Graduate Program homepage (see Qualifying Examinations).

Oral Comprehensive Examination and Additional Requirements

An oral comprehensive exam can be chosen as an option to fulfill the Master’s degree requirements. This exam is conducted by the student’s supervisory committee. In case a candidate chooses the option of oral comprehensive exam, the student must complete nine (9) additional credits of a Masters Project, which can be one of the following:

  ,   , or a minimum of nine credits of additional courses at 6000 or 7000 levels.

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