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. Please see the
MS Handbook for
further details and procedures of the program.
At least 9 courses in total and at least 30 credits, with at
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. If the 9
courses do not add up to 30 credits, a student may take any Math or
mathematically-significant related fields course above 100 toward the
degree to reach the credit limit. 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
- 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
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
- This may include upper level,
mathematically significant courses in
Computer Science, Physics, Economics, or
other departments. Please see the
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 course.
- Satisfies 1 of the 4 200-level
overall course requirements.
- 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 three or more
faculty members. Please see
MS Handbook 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.