Master of Science in Mathematics

Inquiries

Please send all inquires and questions regarding our graduate programs to the program directors: Professor Bruce Blackadar (Mathematics Ph.D.) or Professor Ilia Zaliapin (Mathematics M.S.; Statistics & Data Science Ph.D.).

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Degree Programs

We offer an M.S. in Mathematics with degree options in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

The MS Graduate Handbook (PDF) provides essential information concerning this degree program. For additional information, see the Graduate School website or contact Professor Ilia Zaliapin, Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Professional Opportunities

We encourage our graduate students to strive for excellence in their research and their course work. We also provide professional development opportunities for our students in the form of mentoring and workshops within the department and through the Graduate School via the Graduate Student Association. Many of our students also participate in external internships, and have opportunities to collaborate with researchers from other departments at UNR and from outside institutions.

Important Dates Spring 2017:

 

Degree Options

Within the M.S. program students can choose one of three program options: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or Statistics. (Note: We are currently revising our course offerings, and the outdated information below will be revised before the Spring 2017 semester.)

Pure Mathematics

This option provides a solid foundation in the theoretical aspects of mathematics. To graduate, students must successfully complete:

  • Math 713 (Abstract and Real Analysis I),
  • Math 731 (Modern Algebra I), and
  • At least one of the following three courses:
  • Math 714 (Abstract and Real Analysis II),
  • Math 732 (Modern Algebra II) or
  • Math 742 (Algebraic Topology).

Applied Mathematics Option

This option provides a broad technical background for solving real-world problems.  Students are required to complete

  • Math 713 (Abstract and Real Analysis I) as well as
  • One of the following sequences:
  • Math 701-702 (Numerical Analysis and Approximation I and II)
  • Math 721-722 (Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos I and II),
  • Math 751-752 (Operations Research I and II),
  • Math/Stat 753 - Stat 754 (Stochastic Models and Simulation and Mathematical Statistics) or
  • Math 761-762 (Methods in Applied Math I and II).

An internship may be included in the plan of study, subject to availability and approval of the graduate adviser.

Statistics Option

This option provides students with technical background in the theory, methods, and applications of statistics to prepare them for an industrial career or for doctoral studies in statistics. To graduate, students must successfully complete

  • Math/Stat 661 (A First Course in Probability),
  • Stat 652 (Introduction to Regression and Linear Models)
  • Math 713 (Abstract and Real Analysis),
  • Stat 754 (Mathematical Statistics),
  • Stat 755 (Multivariate Data Analysis), and
  • At least one of the following courses:
  • Stat 753 (Stochastic Models and Simulation),
  • Stat 756 (Survival Analysis) and
  • Stat 758 (Time Series Analysis).

Degree Plans

There are two degree plans within each program of study:

Plan A (Thesis)

This plan requires students to write and successfully defend a thesis. Requirement for graduating with Plan A:

  • Students must complete at least 30 credits of acceptable graduate courses.
  • Students must complete 6 thesis credits (Math 797).
  • Student must complete 12 non-thesis credits at the 700 level.
  • Student must complete at least 21 credits through on-campus courses at the university. For transfer credits, please consult the Graduate Director.

Plan B (Non-thesis)

This plan requires students to pass a comprehensive examination given by the department. Requirements for graduating with Plan B are:

  • Students must complete at least 32 credits of acceptable graduate courses.
  • Students musst complete at least 18 credits of 700 level courses.
  • Students must complete at least 23 credits through on-campus courses at the university. For transfer credits, please consult the Graduate Director.
  • Students must complete 1 credit of the "Comprehensive Exam" course (Math 795).

Graduate Progression

As you plan your graduate experience, the following remarks should be kept in mind:

  • Any changes to the above "Program of Study" and "Degree Plan" requirements are subject to the following:
  • Any student wishing to change her/his core course requirements must petition the Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics in writing.  The Graduate Committee must then approve any such changes in writing.
  • The Graduate Committee has to approve in writing any changes in the requirements for the comprehensive exam topics for any Math/Stat graduate student.
  • Record of the approval(s) will be placed in the student's file in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and sent to the Graduate School for its files.
  • In all cases, at least 24 credit hours of courses numbered 600 or higher must he taken in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, including at least 18 credits at the 700 level. For the statistics option, students who have taken Math/Stat 461 and Stat 452 can waive this requirement. However, they cannot get graduate credits for Math/Stat 661 and Stat 652 unless they have taken these courses under these numbers. Only students taking the Statistics Option may get 700 level credits for Stat 757. Students should be sure they are in compliance with all requirements of the Graduate School.