May 27, 2020  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Mathematics (MTH)

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Advisor: Bingwu Wang Ph.D.
515 Pray-Harrold


  1. To develop competence in mathematics and related areas beyond the undergraduate level.

  2. To improve the teaching of mathematics.

  3. To prepare for study beyond the master’s level in mathematics or mathematics education.

  4. To strengthen the mathematical background of professionals needing analytical and quantitative skills.

  5. To meet the needs of teachers continuing their education.

  6. To provide opportunities for research in mathematics and mathematics education.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must:

  1. Meet the Graduate School’s degree admission requirements; and

  2. Possess a strong undergraduate major in mathematics (approximately 30 hours with a GPA of 2.75 in mathematics courses). Students without such a major may be admitted to the program after meeting requirements specified by the department.

Degree Requirements
The master of arts degree in mathematics requires at least 30 graduate hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, distributed with the approval of the department according to the course requirements below. Approval by the student’s advisor of each semester’s courses prior to registration is recommended. Final approval for the degree by the coordinator of advising is required.

Research Requirement
Students must select one of the following options:

Option I: Four hours of thesis research. Additional thesis hours may be taken, but will not replace the requirements listed below under required courses, restricted electives, electives and cognates. Before starting thesis research, students must submit to the department head a request to form a thesis committee to be made up of three faculty members in the department. The chair, who will direct the research, is usually selected by the student and requires the approval of the department head. The chair, in consultation with the student, will then recommend for department-head approval the other two committee members. At the conclusion of their research, students must submit to the department head the original thesis plus three copies written in a manner suitable for publication and approved by the thesis committee. A presentation, based on the thesis, will be made to at least three departmental faculty members.

Option II: At least two hours in research study. Students who elect this option will, with the approval of the coordinator of advising, select a supervisor to direct the research study. A copy of the study, written in good and acceptable form, must be filed with the department.

Course Requirements:

The M.A. in Mathematics requires the completion of 30 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, restricted elective courses, research courses, elective courses in mathematics and cognate courses as follows:

Restricted Elective Courses: 5-6 hours

One course from two of the following three groups:

Research Courses: 2-4 hours

 /  Research Study (2/3 hrs) for either two or three hours in research study or four hours of thesis research

Elective Courses in Mathematics: 5-23 hours

Usually no more than six hours in mathematics education courses. Thesis or research study hours in mathematics education do not count as part of this six-hour limitation.

Cognate Course: 0-6 hours

May be taken, in consultation with the graduate advisor, outside the Department of Mathematics, but in an area related to mathematics. The number of such hours permitted in the program will be based on the student’s background and needs. Current or prospective teachers of mathematics may take, instead of cognates, up to six additional hours in mathematics education beyond those permitted as electives above.

Program Total: 30 hours

Course Rotation Schedule

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* Students with undergraduate credit in any or all of these courses (MATH 411 , MATH 416  or MATH 420 ) will substitute approved mathematics electives for these hours.

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: Mathematics

The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form from the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.

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