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Fall priority admission: February 1 (Fall admission preferred)
Spring priority admission: November 1
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Mathematics of Information and Security (MA)

Admission

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 program without the appropriate background may be expected to take prerequisite courses in CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I (4), MATH-221 Calculus I (4), MATH- 222 Calculus II (4), MATH-310 Linear Algebra (3), and STAT-302 Intermediate Statistics (3), prior to enrollment in the program. Prerequisites may be waived for qualified persons with comparable prior education or experience.

Degree Requirements

  • Nonthesis Option: MATH-690 Independent Study Project in Mathematics (1-6) (3 credit hours required) on topic to be chosen in consultation with a faculty member, requiring an oral and written presentation of the research, and 9 credit hours of electives, with all coursework completed with grades of B or better
  • Thesis Option: MATH-797 Master's Thesis Research (1-6) (6 credit hours required) and an oral defense of thesis, and 6 credit hours of electives, with all coursework completed with grades of B or better
  • 30 credit hours of approved graduate coursework including thesis or nonthesis option requirements
  • Capstone Experience

Course Requirements

Complete one of the following specializations:

Core (18 credit hours)

Fundamentals of Mathematics

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

  • MATH 603 Foundations of Mathematics
  • MATH 620 Introduction to Analysis

Required

  • MATH 616 Cryptography
  • MATH 631 Information Theory
  • MATH 660 Tools of Scientific Computing / CSC-660 Tools of Scientific Computing (3)
  • MATH 665 Numerical Analysis: Basic Problems STAT 618 Bayesian Statistics

Information Security Policy Elective (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following with grade of B or better:

  • JLC 670 Causes of Terrorism and Political Violence
  • JLC 671 Evolution of Global Jihad
  • JLC 672 Terrorism, Crime, and Public Policy
  • JLC 673 Seminar on National Security Policy
  • JLC 674 Domestic Terrorism and Political Violence
  • JLC 675 Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Practice
  • JLC 683 Cyber Threats and Security
  • JLC 684 Intelligence Analysis
  • JLC 685 Topics in Terrorism
  • SIS 653 Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy
  • SIS 681 Intelligence and Foreign Policy
  • SIS 684 National Security Policy

Capstone (9 credit hours)

Thesis Option

Required
  • MATH 797 Master's Thesis Research
    (6 credit hours required)
Electives

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other graduate statistics course approved by program director:

  • MATH 601 Harmonic Analysis
  • MATH 615 Number Theory
  • MATH 650 Complex Variables
  • MATH 651 Partial Differential Equations
  • MATH 691 Internship (maximum 3 credit hours)
  • STAT 601 Topics in Advanced Probability and Statistics

Nonthesis Option

Required

MATH 690 Independent Study Project in Mathematics (3 credit hours required)

Electives

Complete 6 credit hours from the following, or other graduate statistics course approved by program director:

  • MATH 601 Harmonic Analysis
  • MATH 615 Number Theory
  • MATH 650 Complex Variables
  • MATH 651 Partial Differential Equations
  • MATH 691 Internship (maximum 3 credit hours)
  • STAT 601 Topics in Advanced Probability and Statistics