MA in Mathematics

The Master of Arts in Mathematics degree program provides advanced training in the theory of mathematics and probability and in their applications to a broad range of disciplines. This program prepares students for positions in education, government agencies, industry, or nonprofit institutions, or for further graduate study leading to a PhD degree. To enter, students need a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or in a closely related discipline.

Course Requirements

Eight semester courses (32 credits) approved for graduate study are required. These courses should constitute a coherent program relevant to the objectives of the student. Ordinarily, all courses are in mathematics, or probability and statistics. However, students may petition the departmental graduate committee to use courses from other departments to partially satisfy this requirement.

Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for this degree.

Comprehensive Examination

This examination, which is offered in April of each year, serves as a master’s degree examination. Students judged to be inadequately prepared for the first examination are allowed to take the examination again. More detailed information is provided upon admission.