Degree Requirements

The Master of Science degree requires a total of 30-33 semester hours of graduate work in mathematics and statistics. With the permission of the graduate coordinator and the chair, the coursework may include up to six hours of graduate courses from outside the department. To fulfill part of these requirements each student must select one of the following plans:

A. Thesis Plan (30 total credit hours)

Each student must complete two semester hours of seminar (MAT 595) and four semester hours of thesis (MAT 599). Each student must present a thesis, acceptable to his/her thesis committee, prior to graduation. The student will report orally on the thesis to a general audience during the final semester before graduation. The thesis defense will be followed by an oral examination on the student’s course work.  The student must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination administered during the semester the student plans to graduate.

B. Non-thesis Plan (33 total credit hours)

Each student must complete two semester hours of seminar (MAT 595) and a one-semester hour research project (MAT 596) or internship (MAT 598).  The student must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination administered during the semester the student plans to graduate.

Core Requirements (12 credit hours)

Each student must complete:

Additional Requirements (12 credit hours thesis and 18 credit hours non-thesis)

The remaining hours of course work are selected from MAT 500 - 599 or STT 500 - 599 in consultation with an advisor, who will assist in selecting those courses best suited to the student’s goals and interests. A candidate for the M.S. degree may petition the graduate coordinator for permission to apply up to six hours of graduate coursework from outside the department toward fulfillment of degree requirements. This petition must address the relevance of this coursework to the student’s academic goals and to a coherent program of study. Detailed advising guidelines supplied by the department recommend courses for students preparing for further graduate work; for careers in teaching community college of secondary school; and for careers in industry, business and government.


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