Master of Science programs
We offer an M.S. in Mathematics with degree options in Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics and an M.S. in Statistics & Data Science.
The M.S. Graduate Handbook (PDF) provides essential information concerning each degree program.
For additional information, see the Graduate School website or contact the Mathematics Graduate Director, Professor Chris Herald, or the Statistics & Data Science Graduate Director, Professor Ilya Zaliapin.
Within the M.S. in Mathematics program, students can choose one of two program options: Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. All M.S. degree programs (Mathematics or Statistics & Data Science) have two possible degree plans: the Thesis Plan or the Comprehensive Exam Plan (Non-Thesis Plan).
This option provides a solid foundation in the theoretical aspects of mathematics. The required courses for this option are
- 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 741 (Algebraic Topology).
- 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), 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 & Data Science
This degree program provides students with a technical background in the theory, methods, and applications of statistics to prepare them for an industrial career or for doctoral studies in statistics. The required courses for this degree are
- STAT 645 (Introduction to Statistical Computing)
- STAT 661 (A First Course in Probability),
- STAT 667 (Statistical Theory),
- STAT 755 (Multivariate Data Analysis),
- STAT 757 (Applied Regression Analysis), and
- STAT 760 (Statistical Learning).
There are two degree plans within each program of study:
Plan A (Thesis)
This plan requires students to write and successfully defend a thesis. The 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).
- Students must complete 12 non-thesis credits at the 700 level.
- Students 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 must 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).
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.