Master of Science in Mathematics

Western Carolina University

Program Description

Master of Science in Mathematics

Western Carolina University

Master of Science in Mathematics

In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements, applicants must have achieved an average grade of B or higher as defined by the major department in upper-level undergraduate courses in the major. A personal interview may be requested. The General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is required, as are three recommendations from former instructors who are in a position to judge the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study.

Graduate School Admission Requirements

Admission to any graduate program at WCU requires admission to the Graduate School. Graduate students are required to have access to technology that meets the University computer requirements.

Degree Requirements.
Applicants for admission to the Graduate School are expected to hold a bachelor’s-level degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time they begin their program of study. Certain programs may require specific degrees or coursework as a requirement for admission (see Program Admission Requirements for individual programs). An applicant may be required to take additional coursework as either co-requisites or pre-requisites to strengthen or supplement the undergraduate background.

At the time of application, all degree-seeking applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree may be offered regular, provisional, or conditional admission. Failure to produce the proper credentials (final official transcript verifying conferral of a baccalaureate-level degree) during the first semester of admission will result in a withdrawal of the offer of admission, withdrawal from all current classes, a registration hold being placed upon the student’s record, and forfeiture of tuition and fees (see Fees, Expenses, Financial Aid – Refund Policies).

As part of the online application, the Graduate School requires submission of the names and contact information of three references.  Most programs require letters from all three recommenders. However, even if a program does not require any recommendation letters, the Graduate School requires the name and contact information of three recommenders.  This requirement applies to all Graduate School applicants (including non-degree applicants).

Program Description

The program for the MS degree in applied mathematics requires a minimum of 30 semester hours including:

Required Courses (15 hours)

  • MATH 530 - Mathematical Modeling Credits: 3
  • MATH 622 - Introduction to Functional Analysis Credits: 3
  • MATH 640 - Numerical Analysis Credits: 3
  • MATH 662 - Matrix Analysis Credits: 3
  • MATH 672 - Design of Experiments Credits: 3
  • One Course Selected From (3 hours)
  • MATH 624 - Complex Analysis Credits: 3
  • MATH 634 - Partial Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems Credits: 3
  • MATH 661 - Algebraic Coding Theory Credits: 3
  • MATH 670 - Nonparametric Statistics Credits: 3


  • MATH 693 - Topics in Mathematics Credits: 1-6, R6

Electives (12 hours)

12 hours, to include no more than 6 hours of master’s thesis; any 500 or 600-level course except MATH 601, 602, 603, 609, 610, 694; and no more than 6 hours from the sciences, approved by the Department of Mathematics.


Thesis Option: Students who elect to write a thesis must pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis.

Non-thesis Option: Students who elect the non-thesis option must complete a master’s project which includes an oral presentation and a written paper.

Proposed Tuition and Required Fees per Semester for Full-Time Students (enrolled at least 9 hours)

  • In-State:  $3870.00
  • Out-of-State: $ 8662.50
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2016
Full time
3,870 USD
Start date Sept. 2016
USA Cullowhee, North Carolina
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