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M.S. in Pure Mathematics


Departmental Requirements for M.S. in Mathematics:
Pure Mathematics

The Master of Science degree in pure mathematics requires that the student demonstrate knowledge in certain core areas. There are two options. Both options require a student to earn a grade of A or B in 18 hours of core courses.

Core courses:

Option I:

  1. Advanced Calculus I and II (MATH 5043 and 5053)
  2. Modern Algebra I and II (MATH 5003 and 5013)
  3. General Topology (MATH 5303)
  4. Complex Variables (MATH 4283)

Option II:

  1. Advanced Calculus I and II (MATH 5043 and 5053)
  2. Modern Algebra I and II (MATH 5003 and 5013)
  3. Six hours from the following list: Real Analysis I and II (MATH 5143 and 5153), Complex Analysis I and II (MATH 5283 and 5293), Geometric Topology (MATH 5313) and Algebraic Topology I (MATH 6323), Algebra I and II (MATH 5613 and 5623).

Elective courses: Students working towards the M.S. degree in pure mathematics should complete nine hours of course work selected from the following list:

Combinatorial Mathematics (MATH 4663), Number Theory (MATH 4713), Groups and Representations (MATH 4813), Advanced Linear Algebra (MATH 5023), Fourier Analysis and Wavelets (MATH 5213), Partial Differential Equations (MATH 5233), Ordinary Differential Equations (MATH 5243), General Topology (MATH 5303), Geometric Topology (MATH 5313), Numerical Analysis for Differential Equations (MATH 5543), Numerical Analysis for Linear Algebra (MATH 5553), Algebra I (MATH 5613), Algebra II (MATH 5623), Algebraic Topology I (MATH 6323).

Alternative course selections:

· Courses taken as an undergraduate can be used to satisfy requirements for core and elective courses as long as they are consistent with the Graduate College requirements.

· Substitutions for any of the nine hours of electives requires consent from the Graduate Committee. In no case may more than nine hours outside the mathematical sciences (mathematics, statistics, or computer science) be counted toward the M.S. degree.

Courses taken in graduate school: The courses taken in graduate school must total 32 hours, which may include two hours for a Master's report. If a student elects to write a thesis, the minimum number of hours is reduced to 30. The courses taken on the M.S. degree program must include 21 hours of courses in the mathematical sciences numbered 5000 or above. All the courses for the M.S. degree program must constitute a coherent whole and must be approved by the student's advisory committee.

Creative component, report, or thesis: Each student must complete a creative component, report, or thesis. Under any of these three options, a written document and a public presentation based on this individually directed project is required.

Other requirements: The university catalog contains detailed procedures applicable to all Master's degrees.