Mathematics, Pure & Applied Mathematics Concentration (M.S.)

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers an MS in Mathematics with two different concentrations and an MS in Statistics. The Statistics degree will be discussed under Statistics. We also offer an MS in Mathematical and Computational Modeling/PSM. In addition, the department offers the Ed.D. in Mathematics Education. The Master of Science degree in Mathematics is offered with concentrations in mathematics education, or pure and applied mathematics. Concentrations consist primarily of taking four to six courses in the area of the concentration. The MS degrees in Mathematics provide students with the advanced material needed for positions of leadership in business, industry and government as well as for teaching at the high school and community college level. The concentration in mathematics education will upgrade the skills of teachers and offers a special combination of courses in mathematics, mathematics education and the use of technology in mathematics education. This degree does not lead to certification. All the concentrations prepare students to pursue doctoral degrees.

At present, 27 full-time faculty members are teaching graduate courses in pure and applied mathematics, mathematics education or statistics. Our curriculum in mathematics has extensively integrated modern methods of computing. The special interests of the faculty include algebra, analysis, applied statistics, chaos theory, combinatorics, data mining, detection of gravitational waves, dynamical systems, fluid dynamics, game theory, graph theory, mathematical modeling, mathematics education, methods and techniques of teaching mathematics, modeling in the biological, chemical and physical sciences, obesity modeling, operations research, problem solving, representation theory, statistical computing and graphics, and the use of technology in education.

Program Requirements

Pure Mathematics
MATH 521Real Variables I3
MATH 525Complex Variables I3
MATH 531Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 535Linear Algebra I3
Applied Mathematics
MATH 530Mathematical Computing3
MATH 560Numerical Analysis3
MATH 584Operations Research3
MATH 591Applied Industrial Mathematics3
Electives and Culminating Experience
Select 9 credits (or 6 credits if electing Thesis Option) from the list (see below)6-9
Culminating Experience
Select one of the following options:0-3
Comprehensive Examination
Comprehensive Examination
In the term that you will sit for exam, register for the section which matches your major & advisor. Successfully pass exam.
Master's Thesis
Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.
Total Credits33


Select the following if equivalent courses haven't been previously taken (only 6 credits can be used for credit):
MATH 515Intermediate Analysis I3
MATH 516Intermediate Analysis II3
MATH 518Foundations of Abstract Algebra3
Select 3-9 credits from the following:
CMPT 576Object-Oriented Software Development3
CMPT 578Introduction to Artificial Intelligence3
CMPT 581Systems Software Design3
CMPT 587Microcomputers and Computer Interfaces3
CMPT 588Fundamentals of Programming Languages3
CMPT 589Computer Simulation of Discrete Systems3
CMPT 593Structured System Design and Analysis3
CMPT 678Neurocomputing3
MATH 521Real Variables I3
MATH 522Real Variables II3
MATH 525Complex Variables I3
MATH 526Complex Variables II3
MATH 530Mathematical Computing3
MATH 531Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 532Abstract Algebra II3
MATH 535Linear Algebra I3
MATH 536Linear Algebra II3
MATH 540Probability3
MATH 551Topology3
MATH 554Projective Geometry3
MATH 560Numerical Analysis3
MATH 564Ordinary Differential Equations3
MATH 566Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 568Applied Mathematics: Continuous3
MATH 569Applied Mathematics: Discrete3
MATH 580Combinatorial Mathematics3
MATH 581Graph Theory3
MATH 584Operations Research3
MATH 585Fundamentals of Scientific Computing3
MATH 586Fundamentals of Mathematical Models3
MATH 587Fundamentals of Optimization3
MATH 588Professional Science Master Mini-Projects6
MATH 590Advanced Topics3
MATH 591Applied Industrial Mathematics3
MATH 595Seminar1-4
MATH 690Independent Study in Mathematics3
MATH 697Culminating Experience for PSM6
MATH 698Master's Thesis3
STAT 541Applied Statistics3
STAT 542Statistical Theory I3
STAT 543Statistical Theory II3
STAT 544Statistical Computing3
STAT 545Practicum in Statistics I3
STAT 546Non-Parametric Statistics3
STAT 547Design and Analysis of Experiments3
STAT 548Applied Regression Analysis3
STAT 549Sampling Techniques3
STAT 595Topics in Statistics3
STAT 597Research Methods in Statistical Science3
STAT 640Biostatistics I3
STAT 641Biostatistics II3
STAT 642Introduction to Stochastic Processes3
STAT 645Advanced Topics in Statistics3
STAT 646Multivariate Analysis3
STAT 647Practicum in Statistics II3
STAT 648Advanced Statistical Methods3
STAT 649Independent Study in Statistics3