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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
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Mathematics [M.S.]

This program provides students with a flexible and rigorous education in advanced mathematics. It can serve students with a wide range of backgrounds and career goals. The program provides a broad background in mathematics for secondary teachers pursuing continued education. Graduates are also prepared for employment in business, government, community college teaching, or for the pursuit of a doctoral degree in mathematics.

This is a designated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program.


Program Admission

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfy the minimum Graduate School requirements.
  • Possess an undergraduate degree with a mathematics major, a strong mathematics minor, or a major in a related field that includes numerous mathematics courses.
  • GPA in math courses should be at least 2.75.
  • Students should have completed the following courses as part of their undergraduate degree.
    • Multivariable Calculus
    • Introductory Linear Algebra or Matrix Algebra
    • A proof-based mathematics course

Conditional Admission - Students who do not satisfy these requirements for admission may be considered for conditional admission, subject to meeting the requirements while beginning graduate study. Hours earned in making up deficiencies are in addition to those normally required for the degree.

Department Information

Mathematics & Statistics | Debra Ingram, Ph.D., Department Head | 515 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.1444, dingra12@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Andrew Wilfong, Ph.D., 515 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.1444, awilfon2@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

The M.A. in Mathematics requires the completion of 30 hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree to be distributed with the approval of the department among required courses, restricted elective courses, research courses, elective courses in mathematics and cognate courses as follows. 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.

Required Courses: 0-9 hours

Students with undergraduate credit equivalent to any or all of these courses will substitute with approved mathematics electives for these hours.

Research Courses: 2-4 hours

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.

 /  Research Study (2/3 hrs) for either two or three hours in a 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 Mathematics and Statistics Department, 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.