Master of Science

Graduate Coordinator : Dr. Annie Childers

The Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences provides advanced preparation for careers in private industry or government or for doctoral study. Mathematics is critical to most areas of today’s highly technological workforce, and the master’s program is a passport to this exciting and expanding career field.

Class size is kept small to provide maximum teacher-student interaction, and the excellent, dedicated graduate faculty enhances the learning experience. The program is designed to accommodate full-time employees, with most classes offered late evenings and nights. It can be completed in two years by including summer classes.

Because computers are an indispensable tool for the applied mathematician, two computer labs are available with top-notch, research-quality math-science computers and software. The program is continually adding to and updating its software, and a number of courses in the program require computer use.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 2.70 (4.0 scale) or 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • Courses with a grade of C or greater in matrix algebra, differential equations, an advanced calculus sequence, statistical methods, and a scientific programming language
  • Six appropriate advanced mathematics hours with grades of C or greater (i.e., Analysis, Topology, Numerical Analysis, Mathematical Statistics)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination score
  • Letters of recommendation

Applicants lacking prerequisite classes must complete specified preparatory courses. Contact the program coordinator for details.

Program Requirements

The master of science in mathematical sciences includes 12 hours of core courses*, 9 hours from area of emphasis (Applied Mathematics** or Applied Statistics***), 9 hours of elective courses, and 3 Master’s Research Project hours or 6 alternate elective hours. Thus, in total the program requires 33 semester credit hours with a Master’s Research Project of 36 semester credit hours without the project. The program also requires written comprehensive exams over the core courses, a portfolio, and an oral final examination.

Core Courses*:

  • 7311 Advanced Linear Algebra
  • 7322 Advanced Differential Equations
  • 7323 Advanced Numerical Analysis I
  • 7350 Mathematical Statistics I

Emphasis Area: Applied Mathematics**

Emphasis Courses

  • MATH 7312 Computational Linear Algebra
  • MATH 7324 Advanced Numerical Analysis II
  • MATH 7325 Partial Differential Equations

Approved Elective Courses

  • MATH 5302 Complex Analysis
  • MATH 5308 Integral Transforms
  • MATH 7351 Mathematical Statistics II
  • MATH 7352 Mathematical Statistics III
  • MATH 7353 Linear and Nonlinear Regression
  • MATH 7354 Experimental Design
  • MATH 7355 Sampling Techniques
  • MATH 7399 Selected Topics
  • MATH 5305 Financial Math
  • MATH 7390 Teaching Collegiate Math

Emphasis Area: Applied Statistics***

Emphasis Courses

  • MATH 7351 Mathematical Statistics II
  • MATH 7352 Mathematical Statistics III
  • MATH 7353 Linear and Nonlinear Regression

Approved Elective Courses

  • MATH 7354 Experimental Design
  • MATH 7355 Sampling Techniques
  • MATH 7312 Computational Linear Algebra
  • MATH 7399 Selected Topics
  • MATH 5305 Financial Math
  • STAT 7343 Programming in SAS
  • STAT 5342 Intro to SAS
  • STAT 7340 Advanced Statistical Methods I
  • STAT 7341 Advanced Statistical Methods II
  • MATH 7390 Teaching Collegiate Math

Assistantship
There are a limited number of teaching and research assistantships available. The stipend amount is $4,000 per semester with tuition being paid by the University. A fulltime assistantship requires 20 hours work per semester. In addition, graduate assistants can usually be employed during the summer semesters for an additional $2000 to $4000. Graduate Assistantship Application Form 

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