Master of Arts in Mathematics

The Master of Arts in Mathematics program will provide an opportunity for individuals to pursue advanced study in mathematics and to develop skills that can lead to success in today’s technologically oriented society. Whether the goal involves applying mathematics to solve problems in business and industry, teaching in higher education or preparing for further graduate study in mathematics or related fields, this program enables each student to pursue a course of study that is appropriate for his or her interests. The program has been of special interest to high school teachers seeking to enrich their knowledge of mathematics. The graduate course work will fill gaps and broaden and extend the undergraduate mathematics background of each student. There is sufficient flexibility in the program for students to tailor the curriculum to meet their needs.

Additional admission requirements

In addition to the basic requirements for graduate admissions, the applicant for the Master of Arts in Mathematics will usually be expected to have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours of mathematics at the undergraduate level, including courses in calculus through vector calculus, linear algebra, and abstract algebra.

Graduation requirements

In addition to the course requirements outlined below, students will pass a comprehensive examination given by the Department of Mathematics

Course requirements

Students will complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credits in mathematics. Twelve semester hours will provide a core experience for all graduate students, including two courses in analysis, an advanced course in linear algebra, one course in abstract algebra, and two courses in analysis.

Students will also complete 3-9 s.h. from Bank A, 6-12 s.h. from Bank B, and a minimum of 3 s.h. in Seminar and Research. Students should enroll in the required core courses first. The Mathematics Seminar is required and should be taken after most of the course work is completed. The comprehensive exam is usually taken during the Mathematics Seminar.

NOTE: The course requirements below are effective beginning Fall 2006 semester. Students who were admitted into the M.A. Math Program before the Fall 2006 semester have the option of continuing to follow the old requirements or adopting these new requirements.

I. Required Core ....................................12 S.H.

Math 01.502 Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
Math 01.510 Real Analysis
Math 01.512 Complex Analysis
Math 01.524 Abstract Algebra I

II. Bank A……………………3-9 S.H.

Math 01.511 Real Analysis II
Math 01.513 Complex Analysis II
Math 01.527 Abstract Algebra II

III. Bank B……………………6-12 S.H.

Math 01.500 Foundations of Mathematics
Math 01.503 Number Theory
Math 01.504 Mathematical Logic
Math 01.505 Probability & Statistics
Math 01.507 Differential Geometry
Math 01.515 Engineering Applications of Analysis
Math 01.520 Topics-Applied Mathematics
Math 01.521 Non-Linear Differential Equations
Math 01.522 History of Mathematics
Math 01.525 Modern Geometry
Math 01.526 Point Set Topology
Math 01.529 Numerical Analysis
Math 03.511 Operations Research I
Math 03.512 Operations Research II
Math 03.550 Topics-Discrete Mathematics

IV. Seminar and Research……….3-6 S.H.

Math 01.533 Mathematics Seminar (Required)
Math 01.550 Independent Study

Total……………………………….30-33 S.H.


Program Coordinator

Ming-Sun Li, Ph. D
Program Coordinator
Department of Mathematics
Robinson Hall
(856) 256-4500 x 3889