This program is designed for the student who wants to obtain a general education in mathematics at the Master's level. This program is also an appropriate preparation for our Ph.D. program in mathematics. The recommended mathematical preparatory coursework for this program includes junior/senior level coursework in advanced calculus, abstract algebra and linear algebra.
1. The program must include three out of the six courses:
2. The program requires two sequences selected from the following options:
Note: if a sequence is not offered due to enrollment restrictions then students must select amongst the available sequences in any given year.)
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.
A final oral examination is required for all MS degrees. The Examination is conducted by the Advisory Committee and is open to faculty and graduate students in the Department as well as other interested parties. The student must complete one of the following options for the MS.
The Graduate Coordinator will assist with room scheduling once the date and time for the defense have been established with your committee.
The student’s committee must have adequate time to review the thesis or paper before the final examination. Therefore, the committee must have the thesis or paper at least two weeks (including two weekends) before the final examination which meets the following standards:
Results of the final oral examination will be reported on the GS24. Voting is limited to the members of the student’s committee, and a majority vote is necessary to pass the examination. A tie vote is interpreted as failure to pass the examination. All committee members must vote to either Pass or Fail the student; there is no option to withhold a signature. Committee members who are not academic faculty do not have a vote on the final examination.
If significant revisions to the thesis or expository paper are required by the committee after the final oral examination is complete, a reasonable amount of time must be given for committee members to re-review the thesis once the revisions have been made.
A candidate who fails the final examination may be reexamined once and, for the reexamination, may be required to complete further work. The reexamination must be held not later than 12 months after the first examination. The examination must not be held earlier than two months after the first examination unless the student agrees to a shorter time period. Failure to pass the second exam results in dismissal from the Graduate School.