Mathematics - Master of Science

The Master's degree is designed to increase one's knowledge and understanding of mathematics beyond the Bachelor's degree level. It also prepares a student for future graduate work.

A candidate for a master's degree may select up to two minors in addition to the major. A minimum of 8 credits of graduate work is necessary for a minor.

Minimum Requirements for the Master's Degree

  1. In fulfillment of the Graduate School requirement of a minimum of 30 semester credits of course work, the student must take at least 24 credits of mathematics or statistics, numbered above 500.
  2. At most 6 credits of individual study courses such as MATH 540 Directed Reading may be used to fulfill the course requirement.
  3. MATH 511 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I through MATH 516 Calculus with Hands-on Application, and MATH 563 Algebra with Connections through MATH 569 Geometry with Connections may not be used to fulfill any of these requirements.
  4. The student's program of study must be approved by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.
  5. The student must successfully complete a final master's examination.
Minimum Requirements
MATH 525Advanced Linear Algebra 13
MATH 527Introduction to Real Analysis I 13
MATH 528Introduction to Real Analysis II 13
MATH 581Algebra 1 13
Select two of the following:6
Algebra II3
Complex Analysis I3
Complex Analysis II3
Ordinary Differential Equations3
Partial Differential Equations3
Axiomatic Set Theory3
Universal Algebra3
Foundations of Probability3
Continuous Multivariate Analysis3
Measure and Integration3
Real Analysis3
Topology I3
Topology II3
Select an additional 6 credits from 500-level or above courses6
Total Credits24

The student must complete, transfer or challenge these courses.

The Master's Final Examination

The Master's final examination is an oral examination administered by the student's committee and covers the student’s coursework. The student's committee consists of at least three departmental members and a Graduate faculty member from another department who serves as the Dean's representative. If the student has a minor area of study, then a member must come from the minor department. The examination is restricted to course work presented in the student's program of studies. When a master's thesis has been written, the master's final exam will be in part an oral defense of the thesis and in part a general examination of the candidate's course work. The oral exam must be completed at least 10 days prior to the end of the semester in which the candidate wishes to receive the degree.