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Pure Mathematics - M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. PDFDownload to print

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics and Computer Science Building
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The Master of Arts in Pure Mathematics comprises a flexible program of coursework in mathematics beyond the bachelor's degree emphasizing theoretical areas of the discipline (algebra, analysis, geometry, number theory and topology). There is no thesis requirement or option. Students in the pure mathematics Ph.D. program can apply for this M.A. degree after completing the requisite number of credit hours.

The Master of Science in Pure Mathematics is primarily a terminal, pre-professional degree comprising coursework beyond the bachelor's degree emphasizing theoretical ares of the discipline (including algebra, analysis, geometry, number theory and topology). Students are required to write and defend a thesis in an area greed upon with a faculty advisor.

The Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics is for students interested in becoming professional scholars, college and university teachers or independent workers in private, industrial or government research institutions.

Admission Requirements

M.A. and M.S.: Official transcript(s), goal statement, three letters of recommendation and resume or vita. Students applying for either master's degree are not required to have an undergraduate degree in pure mathematics; however, they are expected to have proficiency in algebra and analysis at the level of Introduction to Modern Algebra (MATH 41011-41012) and Introduction to Analysis (MATH 42001-42002). Those who do not meet these specific requirements may be granted conditional admission by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Ph.D.: Admission into the Ph.D. also requires passing the departmental qualifying examination at the master's level in algebra and analysis.

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Arts and Master of Science programs require a total of 32 semester hours of graduate credit. Each student should submit a detailed plan of study for approval by the advisor by the time the first 16 semester hours of graduate credit have been completed.

Ph.D: Each student is required to take a set of basic courses as outlined in the Departmental Information and Policy Guide. Students may petition to have specific course requirements waived if a grade of B (3.000) or higher was obtained for an equivalent course at another school. The basic courses will prepare the student for the candidacy examination. Students present at least one seminar during their graduate career.

Culminating Requirements

This examination will be a comprehensive examination in the field of the major subject, and will be a substantially deeper test than the qualifying examination.