Degree Requirements

We offer two plans to obtain the M.S. degree. In Plan I the student has to prepare a thesis while Plan II provides a broader education via coursework. In either plan a student must satisfy the following requirement.

  • Completion of 30 semester hours of mathematics courses as approved by the student's graduate study committee and the graduate program director. The grade of each course has at least to be a B. 24 hours have to be on the 600 level or above. No courses below MA520 can be counted towards the degree requirements.

For Plan I (Thesis) the specific requirements are

  • at least 9 hours in a primary area of specialization,
  • at least 6 hours in a secondary area of specialization,
  • at least 9 hours must be outside the primary area,
  • at most 6 hours of research may be included in the 30 hour requirement,
  • completion of a thesis, and
  • an examination on material in the primary area.

For Plan II (Nonthesis) the specific requirements are

  • at least 12 hours in a primary area of specialization,
  • at least 6 hours in a secondary area of specialization,
  • at least 9 hours must be outside the primary area,
  • no research hours may be included in the 30 hour requirement,
  • two examinations on material in the two areas.

It takes usually less than 2 years to obtain the degree.