Prospective Students

Degree Programs

Mathematical Sciences offers a variety of degree programs which are briefly described below. More detailed information can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Ph.D. program

The doctoral degree is a research degree intended to prepare students for professional careers mainly, but not exclusively, in academia. The main requirements are passing written qualifying exams in three areas of study, passing an oral candidacy exam in the area of specialization, and writing and defending a thesis. The program includes an optional concentration in Statistics.

M.S. program in Mathematics

This degree is offered under two separate options, a pure math (general) option and a computational mathematics option. The general option is intended for students who plan to be a collegiate teacher of mathematics or may wish to pursue doctoral studies in mathematics. The computational mathematics option is intended for students who intend to specialize in computational and applied mathematics in preparation for professional employment in an interdisciplinary or computationally intensive environment. The requirements include 32 hours of graduate course work and passing comprehensive exams.

M.S. program in Statistics and Analytics (interdisciplinary program)

The Master of Science degree program in statistics and analytics (STAN) is intended to provide training for professional careers, or to serve as a foundation for pursuing a Ph.D. degree. Toward this end, students with degrees other than in mathematics, as well as mathematics majors, are encouraged to apply for admission. Requirements for this degree may be satisfied by completing course work in one of the following areas of study: Statistics; Business Analytics; Computational Analytics; Educational Statistics & Psychometrics; Quantitative Social Sciences; or Operations Analytics.

The requirements include 30 credit hours of graduate course work and passing comprehensive exams. For more information see Application page.

M.A. program in Secondary Mathematics

This program is designed for secondary school teachers of mathematics and requires 30 semester hours of graduate work. Prospective candidates for the Master of Arts degree in secondary mathematics are expected to have earned a Baccalaureate degree or equivalent with a major in a mathematical science (mathematics, statistics, operations research, or computer science), engineering, or a physical science and credit in courses equivalent to MATH 2564, MATH 3083, MATH 3113, and MATH 3773. See the link “For Teachers-- In-Service Program” for additional information and requirements.