The Master of Science Degree in Mathematics with Outside Specialization

This program is designed for the student who wants to combine a solid background in mathematics with an area of specialization outside the Mathematics Department (e.g. atmospheric sciences, biology, computer science, engineering, physics, statistics, or education) The recommended mathematical preparatory coursework for this program includes junior/senior level coursework in advanced calculus and linear algebra.


Degree Requirements

Permanent Advisor

Acceptance into the Master’s program with outside specialization is subject to having obtained a permanent advisor from among the Mathematics faculty. Incoming students or students who do not yet have a permanent advisor remain in the "general" Mathematics masters program.

The outside area of specialization and the student’s MS committee should be chosen as early as possible, preferably by the end of the first year of study. Areas of outside specialization must be approved in advance by the student's committee. The committee must include at least one member from the area of specialization plus at least two members from the Mathematics Department.. Under the direction of the advisor, the committee will plan and supervise the course of study and the writing of the thesis or master's paper.


General Course Requirements

  • A minimum of 35 credit hours of course work

  • Math courses at the 300 level and below will not be counted towards the 35 hour requirement

  • A minimum of 24 credit hours taken on campus

  • A minimum of 9 of the 35 credit hours taken outside mathematics

  • 6 hours of course work taken outside the the department must be at the 600 level or above.

  • A minimum of 18 hours of coursework in mathematics at the 500 level or above (excluding MATH x99 and MATH 530)

  • The Seminar requirement must be satisfied – a maximum of 2 credits may be counted toward the 35 credit hour degree requirement

  • At most 1 hour of MATH 584 (Supervised College Teaching) may be counted towards the 35 credit hour requirement


Other Course Requirements

  1. The program must include three of the six courses:

    • MATH 501
    • MATH 517
    • MATH 545
    • MATH 550
    • MATH 560
    • MATH 566


  2. The program must include at least one additional course selected from an area of mathematics, as approved by the student's advisor, not represented in the student’s choices used to fulfill the requirements above.


Final Project and Examination

Same requirements as for the MS in Mathematics