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Graduate Program

MS Requirements

Course Requirement:
Ten (10) courses in total, with at least three (3) courses numbered above 200, with the following guidelines to insure breadth:

  • 3 courses: 1 each in 3 of the distinct individual areas 1-5 given below, 2 of which are at the 200 level - a full pass on the corresponding Ph.D. qualifying exam would count as the breadth requirement, but note that 10 course credits are needed for the degree.
  • 4 courses: Any from areas 1-6
  • 3 courses: Elective courses which can be any course numbered (strictly) above 112


  1. Analysis: 211, 212, 213, 136
  2. Algebra: 215, 216, 146
  3. Geometry/topology: 217, 218, 167, 168
  4. Numerical Analysis: 226, 228 (these numbers are subject to approval), 128
  5. Partial Differential Equations: 251, 252 (these numbers are subject to approval), 152
  6. Other: 158, 162, 163, 170, any course above 200

Any part of this requirement may be fulfilled by equivalent courses with prior approval by the Mathematics Department Graduate Committee. Master's students must complete at least two courses (not counting thesis) each semester until five courses counting towards the degree are satisfactorily completed, unless this requirement is waived by the graduate committee.

A student can also opt to write a master thesis which would be counted as the two elective courses from the 10 courses for the course requirement.

Master's Thesis Option:
A student fulfills this requirement by writing an expository paper on a specific topic in mathematics under the direction of a member of the department, and upon completion presenting it before a committee of two or more faculty members. The writing of the thesis can be counted as the two of the three elective courses from the ten courses for the course requirement via numbers 295 and 296.

For both options, a masters student will be required to participate in one of our active research seminars for two terms as well as colloquium on a regular basis.