The M.S. in Mathematics degree can be obtained in 1.5 years of study (3 semesters, 3 courses each semester). The starting semester and the schedule are flexible, the students can choose the classes based on their needs and interests, students can switch from full-time to part-time load, and can include some classes offered by the graduate program in Applied Statistics. The modest size of the program ensures easy access to the faculty. A limited number of teaching assistantships and merit scholarships are available.
Nine courses are required including a minimum of seven 3 credit-hour 400-level graduate courses and at most two approved 3 credit-hour 300-level undergraduate courses. The approved undergraduate courses depend on the interests and background of the student. One or both of the 300-level courses could be used to satisfy missing course requirements or recommended prerequisites listed in Academic Requirements for Admission. Students are free to design their own course of study individually tailored to their interests. The 400-level courses can be selected from either the mathematics courses or approved statistics courses offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
For a list of possible courses to choose from, view our course catalog.
Graduate students are expected to maintain an average of not less than “B” (3.0). No more than two grades of “C” or “C+” and no grades lower than “C” may be counted as fulfilling degree requirements. Such grades, however, will be calculated in the GPA. No student will graduate with less than a 3.00 average for all graduate level courses and undergraduate courses taken for graduate credit. In addition, students who earn multiple grades of “C” are subject to review and possible withdrawal from the program.
Graduates of the MS in Mathematics Program will:
- be able to construct mathematical proofs of basic theorems, and to write these proofs clearly using correct grammatical constructs and appropriate mathematical notation;
- have seen applications of mathematics to areas across mathematical disciplines and outside of mathematical disciplines;
- receive the training sufficient for acceptance into PhD programs or professional schools, or for hire in mathematics related industries;
- receive training on how to act responsibly and ethically within the discipline.
Details: Student Learning Outcomes - MS Math.
If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Dr. Aaron Lauve, Graduate Program Director for Mathematics.