MA in Mathematics, Including Statistics

The MA in Mathematics, including Statistics, prepares students for a position in the fields of education or industry, or for further graduate study leading to a PhD by giving them an advanced and broad preparation in mathematics or statistics. To enter, students need a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or a closely related discipline.

Course Requirements

Eight semester courses (32 credits) approved for graduate study are required; these 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.

For the statistics track, the following core courses are required:

  • CAS MA 575: Linear Models
  • CAS MA 576: Generalized Linear Models
  • CAS MA 581: Probability
  • CAS MA 582: Mathematical Statistics
  • CAS MA 583: Introduction to Stochastic Processes

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. The student may choose to take the examination either in mathematics or in statistics. Students judged to be inadequately prepared for the first examination are allowed to take the examination again. More detailed information is provided upon admission. For the statistics track, the comprehensive exam is typically taken after completing the required core courses.