Mathematics - Doctor of Philosophy
Candidates for the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Mathematical Sciences must pass
- a qualifying examination,
- three comprehensive written examinations,
- a comprehensive oral examination,
- a series of courses, and
- a final oral doctoral thesis examination.
These are briefly described below. For more information, see the Graduate School requirements in this catalog, and the Mathematics Graduate Student handbook at www.math.nmsu.edu.
Every student admitted to the Ph.D. program must complete the Ph.D. oral qualifying examination. Its purpose is to determine the areas in which the student shows strength or weakness, as well as the ability to assimilate subject matter presented at the graduate level. Students who complete their mathematics master's degree at NMSU may request, at the time of applying for their master's oral final examination, that the Master's examination also fulfill the Ph.D. qualifying examination requirement. In all other cases, towards the end of the student's first semester in the Ph.D. program, the student and his or her advisor will convene an oral examination with three examiners, the examiners being the advisor and some of the student's current or past instructors. As a result of the Qualifying examination, the department will take one of the following actions:
- admit the student to further work toward the Ph.D.;
- recommend that the student's program be limited to a Master's degree;
- recommend a reevaluation of the student's progress after the lapse of one semester; or
- recommend a discontinuation of the student's graduate program in mathematics.
Written Comprehensive Examinations
Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must pass written comprehensive examinations in three of the seven areas of algebra, complex analysis, differential equations, logic and foundations, real analysis, statistics and topology. To ensure adequate breadth, a combination of three comprehensive examinations must include real analysis, and at least one of algebra and topology.
The seven examinations are based on the following comprehensive examination sequence courses:
|MATH 525||Advanced Linear Algebra||3|
|MATH 581||Algebra 1||3|
|MATH 582||Algebra II||3|
|MATH 517||Complex Variables||3|
|MATH 591||Complex Analysis I||3|
|MATH 592||Complex Analysis II||3|
|MATH 518||Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems||3|
|MATH 531||Ordinary Differential Equations||3|
|MATH 532||Partial Differential Equations||3|
|Logic and Foundations|
|MATH 504||Mathematical Logic||3|
|MATH 557||Axiomatic Set Theory||3|
|MATH 585||Universal Algebra||3|
|MATH 527||Introduction to Real Analysis I||3|
|MATH 528||Introduction to Real Analysis II||3|
|MATH 593||Measure and Integration||3|
|MATH 594||Real Analysis||3|
|Probability and Statistics|
|STAT 562||Foundations of Probability||3|
|STAT 571||Continuous Multivariate Analysis||3|
|MATH 541||Topology I||3|
|MATH 542||Topology II||3|
Full time students should complete the comprehensive written exams in the first two years. Those who have not made substantial progress towards completion of their written exams at the start of the fifth semester may be removed from the program. Students who have not completed the written exams by the start of the sixth semester will normally have any departmental funding revoked.
Exams are offered every August and January. A student must register to take exams in the semester prior to taking the exams. A student has three consecutive examination periods to complete the written comprehensive exam requirements (Example: if s/he starts in August, s/he has the August, January and August examination periods to complete the exams). This does not extend the time limit mentioned above. Students will normally not be given more than two attempts at any one exam.
Before graduation, a student must pass a total of four comprehensive exam sequences, but needs to take the comprehensive examinations in only three of them. In addition, a student must pass four more (one-semester) MATH/STAT courses from the seven comprehensive exam sequences listed above.
A student may pass any of the four comprehensive examination sequences before enrolling as a Ph.D. student, but the four additional courses have to be passed after enrolling as a Ph.D. student.
The following courses will not count towards the course requirements:
|Any course below MATH 501|
|MATH 511||Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I||3|
|MATH 512||Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II||3|
|MATH 513||Fundamentals of Algebra and Geometry I||3|
|MATH 516||Calculus with Hands-on Application||3|
|MATH 563||Algebra with Connections||3|
|MATH 564||From Number to Algebra||3|
|MATH 566||Data Analysis with Applications||3|
|MATH 567||From Measurement to Geometry||3|
|MATH 568||Using Number Throughout the Curriculum||3|
|MATH 569||Geometry with Connections||3|
|MATH/STAT 540||Directed Reading||1-6|
|MATH 599||Master's Thesis||15|
|MATH 600||Doctoral Research||1-15|
|MATH 700||Doctoral Dissertation||1-15|
Students and advisors are encouraged to consider further courses beyond this minimum.
Oral Comprehensive Exam
The student must take this exam at the end of the semester after completing the written comprehensive exams. The student should present a proposed direction for thesis work.
Final Oral Exam
This should be an exam over the student’s thesis and administered by the same committee of the oral comprehensive exam.