Graduate Program
MS Requirements
The Master of Science in Mathematics provides the student with basic
graduate training in mathematics. Master of Sciences students may choose
widely ranging programs of study that may focus on pure or applied
mathematics. The coursework in each case prepares the student for
employment in the mathematics profession either in academia, in
government, in business and industry or to pursue further graduate
education. Completion of the program requires grades of B or better in
all courses. Course requirement:
Ten (10) courses in total, with at least four courses numbered
above 200 with the following to insure breadth:
 3 courses: 1 in each of 3 distinct areas 15 given
below, 2 of which are at the 200 level. A passing grade
on the corresponding Ph.D. qualifying exam would satisfy
the breadth requirement, but note that the 10 course
credits are still needed for the degree.
 5 courses: Any regularly numbered math course above
120.
 2 courses: Elective courses which can be any math
course numbered above 100 OR "related fields" courses.
This will include upper level, mathematically
significant courses in CS, Physics, Economics. Please
see the list of courses that
have already been approved and disapproved in this
category. If a course is not listed there, then a
student can ask the Graduate Committee to approve it as
an elective course.
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.
Areas:
 Analysis: 211, 212, 213, 136
 Algebra: 215, 216, 146
 Geometry/topology: 217, 218, 167, 168
 Numerical Analysis: 226, 228 (these numbers are
subject to approval), 128
 Partial Differential Equations: 251, 252 (these
numbers are subject to approval), 152
Masters 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 would be counted as
the 2 elective credits from the ten course requirement via course
numbers 295 and 296.
