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Mathematics & Statistics

Mathematics (MA)

Offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for admission, applicants must have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or a related field. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. Students entering the MA program without the appropriate background will be expected to take certain undergraduate courses as prerequisite work.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credit hours of approved graduate coursework including thesis or nonthesis option requirements
  • Tool of research: proficiency in Russian, German, French, or an approved computer language
  • Written comprehensive examination in mathematics
  • Research requirement:
    • Thesis option: MATH-797 Master's Thesis Research (6) and an oral defense of the thesis
    • Nonthesis option: MATH-690 Independent Study Project in Mathematics (3) (topic to be chosen in consultation with a faculty member) requiring an oral and written presentation of the research work and 3 credit hours in approved graduate-level independent research, seminar, or research course.
    • All coursework for the thesis or nonthesis option must be completed with grades of B or better.