## Master of Science in Mathematics

## Mathematics, MS

**Offered in: CHICAGO**

## Admission

Applicants for admission to graduate work in mathematics must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate work in the University. Students must have completed an undergraduate degree, not necessarily in mathematics, but must have completed linear algebra and at least three semesters of calculus (equivalent to Math 231, Math 232 and Math 233 at Roosevelt) with grades of C- or higher and with a B (3.0) average.

## Advising

Following acceptance to the program, students meet with the graduate advisor to plan a program of study. All students are required to obtain approval for their course selections each semester. All courses presented for the degree must be approved by the graduate advisor. Up to nine semester hours of transfer credit may be considered for the program.

## Prerequisites

Graduate students must satisfactorily complete the prerequisite courses listed below with grades of C- or higher and with a B (3.0) average, as well as any courses required of international students by the English Language Program. It is possible to make up any deficiencies after being admitted as a graduate student, but no credit will be granted towards the degree for meeting these requirements. Students may enroll in prerequisite courses and certain graduate courses concurrently, provided the prerequisites for those graduate courses have been satisfied.

## Actuarial Science Concentration

Actuaries use quantitative tools to analyze and plan for future financial situations. Admission requirements for the program are the same as those for the MS in mathematics except that an accounting course is also required.

The completed degree requires a total of 33 hours. In addition to a core of mathematical probability and statistics, candidates should take courses that prepare them for the actuarial professional exams. The electives, therefore, include a combination of math, finance, and economics classes. If any of the core courses were taken as an undergraduate, substitutions may be made from the math electives with the approval of the graduate advisor.

**Prerequisites**

Graduate students must satisfactorily complete the prerequisite courses listed below with grades of C- or higher and with a B (3.0) average, as well as any courses required of international students by the English Language Program. It is possible to make up any deficiencies after being admitted as a graduate student, but no credit will be granted towards the degree for meeting these requirements. Students may enroll in prerequisite courses and certain graduate courses concurrently, provided the prerequisites for those graduate courses have been satisfied.

Program prerequisites must be completed within the first year (18 credits) of coursework. Any of these prerequisites may be waived by a placement exam. The prerequisite courses are an Accounting course, Math 347 (Theory of Probability), and Math 367 (Financial Mathematics). For descriptions of these prerequisites please see the course listings in the Undergraduate Catalog.

**Requirements**

The completed degree requires a total of 33 hours of graduate coursework and taking at least one professional actuarial exam. At least six courses must be listed exclusively at the graduate level. Such courses in mathematics are designated below with an asterisk. Students who have passed the P or FM exam prior to taking MATH 480 must substitute a different elective for this course. Note that MATH 449, ECON 421, ECON 423, FIN 408, and FIN 485 satisfy the requirements of the CAS and SOA for VEE courses provided a grade of B- or higher is achieved. Students are encouraged to complete the VEE requirements; note that many students fulfill a portion of the VEE coursework as undergraduates with courses equivalent to ACSC 349, ECON 101, ECON 102, FIN 311, and FIN 312. A list of approved courses may be found on the SOA website.

## Computer Science Concentration

As computer technology evolves, so do the mathematical applications including probability and statistics, numerical analysis, data analytics, cryptography, neural networks, genetic algorithms, bioinformatics, and other fields of scientific computing. Students interested in working with computers while pursuing their MS in mathematics have the option of combining at least 18 hours of mathematics coursework with up to 15 hours in computer science for a total of 33 semester hours.

**Prerequisites**

Graduate students must satisfactorily complete the prerequisite courses listed below with grades of C- or higher and with a B (3.0) average, as well as any courses required of international students by the English Language Program. It is possible to make up any deficiencies after being admitted as a graduate student, but no credit will be granted towards the degree for meeting these requirements. Students may enroll in prerequisite courses and certain graduate courses concurrently, provided the prerequisites for those graduate courses have been satisfied. Program prerequisites must be completed within the first year (18 credits) of coursework. Any of these prerequisites may be waived by a placement exam. The prerequisites courses are an introductory programming course; Math 245 (Discrete Structures) OR Math 290 (Mathematical Reasoning); and Math 347 (Theory of Probability) OR Math 352 (Analysis). For descriptions of these prerequisites please see the course listings in the Undergraduate Catalog.

**Requirements**

The completed degree requires a total of 33 hours of graduate coursework. At least six courses must be listed exclusively at the graduate level. Such courses in mathematics are designated below with an asterisk.

## Statistics Concentration

The concentration in statistics prepares graduates for diverse and vital areas that may include medical research, drug testing, environmental risk assessment, quality assurance, economic forecasting, and the exploration of space. Students interested in applying statistics to other fields while pursuing their MS in mathematics have the option of combining at least 24 hours of mathematics coursework with up to 9 hours in a cognate field (such as biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, education, finance, psychology, or sociology) for a total of 33 semester hours. If any of the core courses were taken as an undergraduate, substitutions may be made from the math electives with the approval of the graduate advisor.

**Prerequisites**

Graduate students must satisfactorily complete the prerequisite courses listed below with grades of C- or higher and with a B (3.0) average, as well as any courses required of international students by the English Language Program. It is possible to make up any deficiencies after being admitted as a graduate student, but no credit will be granted towards the degree for meeting these requirements. Students may enroll in prerequisite courses and certain graduate courses concurrently, provided the prerequisites for those graduate courses have been satisfied. Program prerequisites must be completed within the first year (18 credits) of coursework. Any of these prerequisites may be waived by a placement exam. The prerequisite courses are Math 217 (Introduction to Probability and Statistics); Math 245 (Discrete Structures) OR Math 290 (Mathematical Reasoning); and Math 347 (Probability and Statistics I) OR Math 352 (Analysis). For descriptions of these prerequisites please see the course listings in the Undergraduate Catalog.

**Requirements**

The completed degree requires a total of 33 hours of graduate coursework. At least six courses must be listed exclusively at the graduate level. Such courses in mathematics are designated below with an asterisk.

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Last updated December 4, 2018