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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 (1-6) (6 credit hours required) and an oral defense of the thesis
    • Nonthesis option: MATH-690 Independent Study Project in Mathematics (1-6) (3 credit hours required) (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.

Requirements for Forthcoming Information & Security Track

(Coming fall 2017)


Core Courses (18 Credit Hours)

(1) MATH-603 Foundations of Mathematics or MATH-620 Intro to Analysis.
(2) MATH-631 Information theory
(3) MATH-616 Cryptography
(4) MATH/CSC-660 Tools of Scientific Computing
(5) MATH-665 Numerical Analysis
(6) STAT-618 Bayesian Statistics


6 credits of electives

6 credit hours at the graduate level subject to department approval, 3 of which can be internship.

Possible electives include
STAT-601 Advanced Probability and Statistics

  • MATH-601 Harmonic Analysis
  • MATH-615 Number Theory
  • MATH-650 Complex Analysis
  • MATH-651 Partial Differential Equations
  • MATH-691 Internship

Tool of Research

  • Proficiency in an approved computer language

Written Comprehensive Exam


Master's Capstone Experience

Choose one of the following two options:

(1) Master's Thesis Option

  • Math-797 Master's Thesis Research (6) and an oral defense of the thesis
  • One course from the following

    SIS-653 National Security Strategy (3)
    SIS-681 Intelligence and Foreign Policy (3)
    SIS-684 National Security Policy
    JLC-670-675 (Various topics in counterterrorism)
    JLC-683 or 684 (Various topics in cyber intelligence)

  • 3 additional credits of electives at the graduate level subject to department approval.

(2) Master's Research Project Option

  • Math-690 Independent Study Project in Mathematics (topic to be chosen in consultation with a faculty member) requiring an oral and written presentation of the research work.
  • One course from the following

    SIS-653 National Security Strategy (3)
    SIS-681 Intelligence and Foreign Policy (3)
    SIS-684 National Security Policy
    JLC-670-675 (Various topics in counterterrorism)
    JLC-683 or 684 (Various topics in cyber intelligence)

  • 6 additional credits of electives at the graduate level subject to department approval, 3 of which may be internship.