Degree Requirements

Below we detail each of the masters degree that we offer.  There is a brief commentary as to who might be interested in each degree, followed by a description of the requirements of the degree.  For more detail on the courses listed, please consult the course catalog.

Apart from the summer MAT program intended for in-service high school teachers, each of the programs listed below is excellent preparation for subsequent Ph.D. studies, or work in industry, government, or college teaching.


Master of Arts in Mathematics

In its core requirements, this program emphasizes the traditional areas of algebra, analysis and topology. Under this program, a student may wish to write a thesis under the direction of one of the faculty.  There is also a non-thesis option which requires additional courses to be taken.

  • Total Hours:  32 hours, with at least 15 hours in MTH at 600 level.  Up to 6 hours of the 32 may come from non-MTH courses, subject to the approval of the  Graduate Committee.  (Independent study hours do not count toward the 32 hours.)
  • Required Courses:
    • MTH 591 (3), 621 (4), 641 (4); 
    • Two of 622, 632, 638, 651, 691, including at least one of 651, 691.
  • Thesis option: Requires a 6 credit hour thesis (MTH 700) in addition to the 32 hours.
  • Written Exams: 2 exams in MTH, including at least one of Algebra and Real Analysis.
  • Final Oral Exam: Final Project
  • GPA: 3.00 GPA overall and in all MTH courses except those which cannot count towards the degree.
  • Combined Bachelor's / M.A. program: More information

Master of Science in Mathematics

The required courses in this program include a selection in both pure and applicable mathematics.  The program can provide suitable background for further graduate study in the mathematical sciences or for a career in education, business, industry, or public service.  Each program must be approved by the Graduate Committee before the end of the student's first year of graduate study.

  • Total Hours:  32 hours, with at least 15 hours in MTH at 600 level.  Up to 6 hours of the 32 may come from non-MTH courses, subject to the approval of the  Graduate Committee.  (Independent study hours do not count toward the 32 hours.)
  • Required Courses:
    • MTH 621(4); 
    • At least one of MTH 641(4), MTH 651(4), and MTH 691(4); 
    • At least one of MTH 632(3), MTH 638(3).
  • Written Exams:  2 exams in MTH, including at least one of Algebra and Real Analysis.
  • GPA:  3.00 GPA overall, in all courses in the approved program, and in all other  MTH courses except those which cannot count towards the degree.
  • Final Oral Exam: Final Project
  • Combined Bachelor's / M.S. program: More information

Master of Science in Mathematics—Applied Option

  • Total Hours:  32 hours, with at least 15 hours at the 600 level in MTH and STA and at least 9 of those hours in MTH.  (Independent study hours do not count toward the 32 hours.)
  • Required Courses:
    • MTH 532 (3), MTH 538 (3);
    • one of STA 563 (4) or STA 583 (3);
    • one of MTH 632 (3) or 638 (3);
    • two from MTH 535 (3), 536 (3), 539 (3), 553 (3); 595 (3).
  • Written Exams:  2 exams in MTH.
  • GPA:  3.00 GPA overall, and at least 3.00 GPA in all MTH courses, except those which cannot count towards the degree.

Master of Arts in Teaching in Mathematics (Summer Only)

This degree is designed to strengthen and broaden the mathematical training of secondary school teachers.  A person who selects this program must have previously obtained teacher certification in mathematics. This coursework is offered in a three-year, summer rotation.

  • Total Hours: 30 hours
  • Required Courses:
    • MTH 508: Mathematical Problem Solving with Technology
    • MTH 604: Discrete Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers
    • MTH 605: Calculus for Secondary School Teachers
    • MTH 606: Geometry for Secondary School Teachers
    • MTH 607: Algebra for Secondary School Teachers
    • STA 609: Probability and Statistics for Secondary School Teachers
    • EDT 663: Advanced Methods for AYA Mathematics
    • MTH 689: Research in Mathematics Education; and
    • Two electives courses selected to improve the candidate's ability to teach mathematics.
  • Candidates must conduct an independent research study.
  • GPA: 3.00 GPA overall and in required EDT, MTH and STA courses except those which cannot count towards the degree.