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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 1-5 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.


  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

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.