MS Mathematics


 

This program gives students a deep and comprehensive understanding of mathematics through special courses in various mathematical fields such as analysis, algebra, and combinatorics. The program’s coursework enables students to delve into both pure and applied mathematics, and its thesis requirement prepares graduates for mathematical research at the doctoral level.

 Degree Requirements

The student in the program must:

  1. Complete eighteen (18) units of required math courses and twelve (12) units of math electives;
  2. Pass a comprehensive examination, a written exam that covers algebra, analysis and a third area. The third area may be chosen by the student from other fields covered by the courses s/he has taken;
  3. Submit a Master’s thesis which is considered by the department as a scholarly worthwhile contribution to mathematical knowledge. The thesis will count for six (6) units towards the total thirty-six (36) units required;
  4. Present the results of the thesis research in a conference.

 Coursework

The student must complete eighteen (18) units of required subjects, consisting of the following:

  • MA 250: Algebraic Structures I
  • MA 267: Modern Complex Analysis I
  • MA 259: Linear Algebra
  • MA 265: Modern Real Analysis I
  • MA 245: Introduction to Research and Thesis Writing
  • Any one of the following courses:
    • MA 260: Topological Structures
    • MA 295C.1: Seminar in Finite Geometry
    • MA 295C.4: Seminar in Groups and Design
    • MA 295C.8: Seminar in Hyperbolic Geometry
    • MA 295C.9: Geometric Crystallography
    • MA 295C.10: Seminar in Color Symmetry
    • MA 295C.11: Seminar in Tilings and Patterns

The student must also complete twelve (12) units of electives in mathematics.

 Comprehensive Exams

This is a written exam that covers algebra, analysis and a third area. The third area may be chosen by the student from other fields covered by the courses s/he has taken.

 Thesis

The student must submit a thesis in mathematics adjudged acceptable by the Department of Mathematics through a public oral examination.

 Admission

Prospective students may go to the Admissions page to learn more about the application procedure.