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 is designed to be flexible in
order to prepare 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.
Nine (9) courses in total, accumulating at least 30 credits, with
least four courses numbered above 200. A passing grade on a PhD
qualifying exam would satisfy one of the 200-level course requirements,
but note that 9 courses are still needed for the degree. Unless
otherwise stated the following courses are excluded from counting toward
the degree: Math 192, 193, 195-196, 291-292, 295-298.
The course requirements are broken down into three categories plus a
- Mathematical Breadth:
- 3 regularly offered Math courses above 120.
- 1 course must be at the 200 level.
- Each course must be in a separate discipline, indicated by the 2nd
digit of the course numbering.
- Special topics courses or reading courses in a given area must be
approved by the Graduate Committee.
- 4 regularly offered Math courses above 120.
- In consultation with the student's adviser and with approval from the graduate committee, students may choose the four courses such that they form a concentration in a sub-discipline of mathematics. This will then be indicated on the student's transcript. Concentrations may be as broad as
"Computational Mathematics" or "Topology", but also very specific if there are courses to match. Please see the MS handbook for more examples. A student can choose predetermined concentrations, choose their own, or not choose one at all.
- Special topics courses or reading courses in a given area must be approved by the Graduate Committee.
- 2 courses, which can be any
Math course numbered above 100 OR
"related fields" courses.
- This may include upper level,
mathematically significant courses in
Computer Science, Physics, Economics, or
other departments. 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
- Masters Thesis Option:
- Equivalent to 1
concentration course and 1 elective
- Satisfies 1 of the 4 200-level overall
- 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. Please see
for more details.
- Students must enroll in courses Math
295 and 296 in their final year of
study, which account for 5 credits each
toward the 30 credits, but not toward
the 7 total courses needed.