Mathematical Sciences, M.S.

General

Program Description

Mathematical Sciences

Master of Science (30 Credit Hours)

Few programs prepare students better for jobs in an array of industries than our Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences. Our graduates teach, work in the industry and in government. Of course, many also enter doctoral programs.

Students in this program have multiple opportunities to work closely on projects with individual faculty members. These professors are actively involved in a wide variety of research areas including algebra, analysis, combinatorics, dynamical systems, geometry, Lie theory logic, mathematical biology, mathematical physics, number theory, numerical analysis, probability, representation theory, scientific computing, statistics, and topology.

The program includes two concentrations: one in mathematics and one in statistics. Both tracks provide people in teaching and other professions with the means for career advancement or career change. Courses are offered in the summer and late afternoon/evening to accommodate working professionals. And classes are small, providing personal attention for students. In addition, the Department of Mathematics also offers a Graduate Certificate in Statistics and one in Operations Research. For more information, contact the program director or visit the program’s website.

Exceptional students may complete the program in an accelerated way through the combined BS-MS degree (4+1 program).

Program Goals

  • Develop a thorough theoretical foundation in mathematics, including retention and integration of core knowledge, as well as more specialized knowledge in pure or applied mathematics, or statistics, sufficient for carrying out an independent project.
  • Develop good oral and written communication skills for conveying mathematical ideas and reporting the results of mathematical studies.
  • Provide a variety of project opportunities in the mathematical sciences including research theses, interdisciplinary projects, industry-inspired projects, internships, consulting, and development of educational resources.
  • Prepare students for immediate employment and career advancement in industry, education or government, or for continuing their studies at the doctoral level.

Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics Concentration, M.S.

Program Requirements

  • 30 credit hours

Required Courses

Core Course

  • MATH 502 Advanced Linear Algebra (3)

Complete 9 credit hours from the Mathematical Science Areas

  • MATH 503 Applied Algebra I (3)
  • MATH 511 Real Analysis I (3)
  • MATH 515 Complex Analysis (3)
  • MATH 530 Mathematical Statistics I (3)
  • MATH 550 Linear Models (3)
  • MATH 555 Bayesian Statistical Methods (3)

Mathematics Concentration (18 credit hours)

Two sequences, chosen from the following:

  • MATH 503 Applied Algebra I (3)
    MATH 604 Algebra II (3)
  • MATH 511 Real Analysis I (3)
    MATH 612 Real Analysis II (3)
  • MATH 511 Real Analysis I (3)
    MATH 515 Complex Analysis (3)
  • MATH 523 Partial Differential Equations I (3)
    MATH 623 Partial Differential Equations II (3)
  • MATH 545 Numerical Analysis I (3)
    MATH 645 Numerical Analysis II (3)
  • MATH 551 Linear Programming and Optimization (3)
    MATH 552 Operations Research (3)

One additional course from the following:

  • MATH 523 Partial Differential Equations I (3)
  • MATH 545 Numerical Analysis I (3)
  • MATH 551 Linear Programming and Optimization (3)
  • MATH 552 Operations Research (3)
  • MATH 601 General Topology (3)
  • MATH 607 Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 624 Dynamical Systems (3)

Remaining courses selected from the following:

MATH 500, 600 (excluding MATH 690), 700 courses:

  • MATH 503 Applied Algebra I (3)
  • MATH 511 Real Analysis I (3)
  • MATH 515 Complex Analysis (3)
  • MATH 523 Partial Differential Equations I (3)
  • MATH 530 Mathematical Statistics I (3)
  • MATH 531 Mathematical Statistics II (3)
  • MATH 540 Statistical Learning I (3)
  • MATH 541 Statistical Learning II (3)
  • MATH 545 Numerical Analysis I (3)
  • MATH 550 Linear Models (3)
  • MATH 551 Linear Programming and Optimization (3)
  • MATH 552 Operations Research (3)
  • MATH 555 Bayesian Statistical Methods (3)
  • MATH 560 Stochastic Processes (3)
  • MATH 561 Time Series Analysis (3)
  • MATH 580 Topics in Applied Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 585 Topics in Pure Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 589 Special Topics in Probability and Statistics (3)
  • MATH 601 General Topology (3)
  • MATH 604 Algebra II (3)
  • MATH 607 Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 612 Real Analysis II (3)
  • MATH 623 Partial Differential Equations II (3)
  • MATH 624 Dynamical Systems (3)
  • MATH 630 Theory of Probability (3)
  • MATH 645 Numerical Analysis II (3)
  • MATH 650 Statistical Quality Control (3)
  • MATH 651 Design of Experiments (3)
  • MATH 680 Special Topics in Applied Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 685 Special Topics in Pure Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 699 Independent Study in Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 700 Thesis (3)

Transfer Credit Policy

An applicant or student of the Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences can seek approval from the Program Director to transfer up to 12 credit hours to count towards the degree. These courses require a grade of “B” or higher while courses with a grade of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” will not be accepted.

Note:

Core course requirements may be waived if their content overlaps with prior undergraduate coursework. Petitions for such waiver should be presented to the Graduate Program Director. Students receiving a core course waiver must take additional elective graduate courses to fulfill the 30 credit hours required.

Mathematical Sciences, Statistics Concentration, M.S.

Program Requirements

  • 30 credit hours

Required Courses

Core Course

  • MATH 502 Advanced Linear Algebra (3)

Complete 9 credit hours from the Mathematical Science Areas

  • MATH 503 Applied Algebra I (3)
  • MATH 511 Real Analysis I (3)
  • MATH 515 Complex Analysis (3)
  • MATH 530 Mathematical Statistics I (3)
  • MATH 550 Linear Models (3)
  • MATH 555 Bayesian Statistical Methods (3)

Statistics Concentration (18 credit hours)

Two sequences, chosen from the following:

  • MATH 530 Mathematical Statistics I (3)
    MATH 531 Mathematical Statistics II (3)
  • MATH 540 Statistical Learning I (3)
    MATH 541 Statistical Learning II (3)
  • MATH 551 Linear Programming and Optimization (3)
    MATH 552 Operations Research (3)
  • MATH 560 Stochastic Processes (3)
    MATH 561 Time Series Analysis (3)
  • MATH 650 Statistical Quality Control (3)
    MATH 651 Design of Experiments (3)

One additional course from the following:

  • MATH 540 Statistical Learning I (3)
  • MATH 551 Linear Programming and Optimization (3)
  • MATH 552 Operations Research (3)
  • MATH 560 Stochastic Processes (3)
  • MATH 561 Time Series Analysis (3)
  • MATH 650 Statistical Quality Control (3)
  • MATH 651 Design of Experiments (3)

Remaining courses selected from the following:

MATH 500, 600 (excluding MATH 690), 700 courses:

  • MATH 503 Applied Algebra I (3)
  • MATH 511 Real Analysis I (3)
  • MATH 515 Complex Analysis (3)
  • MATH 523 Partial Differential Equations I (3)
  • MATH 530 Mathematical Statistics I (3)
  • MATH 531 Mathematical Statistics II (3)
  • MATH 540 Statistical Learning I (3)
  • MATH 541 Statistical Learning II (3)
  • MATH 545 Numerical Analysis I (3)
  • MATH 550 Linear Models (3)
  • MATH 551 Linear Programming and Optimization (3)
  • MATH 552 Operations Research (3)
  • MATH 555 Bayesian Statistical Methods (3)
  • MATH 560 Stochastic Processes (3)
  • MATH 561 Time Series Analysis (3)
  • MATH 580 Topics in Applied Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 585 Topics in Pure Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 589 Special Topics in Probability and Statistics (3)
  • MATH 601 General Topology (3)
  • MATH 604 Algebra II (3)
  • MATH 607 Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 612 Real Analysis II (3)
  • MATH 623 Partial Differential Equations II (3)
  • MATH 624 Dynamical Systems (3)
  • MATH 630 Theory of Probability (3)
  • MATH 645 Numerical Analysis II (3)
  • MATH 650 Statistical Quality Control (3)
  • MATH 651 Design of Experiments (3)
  • MATH 680 Special Topics in Applied Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 685 Special Topics in Pure Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 699 Independent Study in Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 700 Thesis (3)

Transfer Credit Policy

An applicant or student of the Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences can seek approval from the Program Director to transfer up to 12 credit hours to count towards the degree. These courses require a grade of “B” or higher while courses with a grade of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” will not be accepted.

Note:

Core course requirements may be waived if their content overlaps with prior undergraduate coursework. Petitions for such waiver should be presented to the Graduate Program Director. Students receiving a core course waiver must take additional elective graduate courses to fulfill the 30 credit hours required.

Admissions Criteria

A bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences or a major with a strong mathematical background, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper-division mathematics and statistics courses. Entering students are expected to have courses in multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and evidence of sufficient mathematical preparation. Applicants with deficiencies in the prerequisites for required courses in their chosen concentration will still be considered for the program but must make up any deficiencies.

Students requesting admission should submit the following:

  • A brief statement of goals.
  • One official copy of a transcript from each institution of higher learning attended, including documentation of graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors or immediate superiors in recent employment.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall priority deadline for completed applications: March 1 (This deadline is for those students seeking scholarships and assistantships.)
  • Fall deadline for all other completed applications: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 1

Contact Information

Martin Jones
program director
843.953.5735

Annalisa Calini
program director
843.953.5732

Last updated Jan 2020

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