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Mathematics

Mathematics 2013-2014

Degree Requirements

The official departmental requirements for the MA, MS and PhD degrees are available upon request from the Department of Mathematics. The following description serves as a guideline. Every student's course of study must be approved in consultation with a designated departmental adviser.

Master of Arts in Mathematics

This degree requires completion of 45 quarter hours of graduate- level courses, including 12 hours of approved mathematics courses at the 4000 level. At most 10 hours of courses from another university may count toward the degree. No thesis is required.

Master of Science in Mathematics

This degree requires completion of 45 quarter hours of graduate- level courses, including 12 hours of approved mathematics courses at the 4000 level. Up to 15 hours may be in an approved cognate area. At most 10 hours of courses from another university may count toward the degree.


Demonstrated competency in a tool is required and may be chosen from among the following: proficiency in the use of a modern computing typesetting system; outside courses; laboratory experience; or reading competency in French, German or Russian. No thesis is required.

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics

This degree requires completion of at least 135 quarter hours (see details below) beyond the BA or BS degree; completion of a written dissertation that makes a significant contribution to the research literature in mathematics; completion of a tool requirement. Although a master's degree is not a prerequisite for acceptance into the PhD program, each student is required to obtain a master's degree in mathematics as soon as possible upon completion of 45 hours in the PhD program.

Course Requirements
Of the 135 hours, at least 36 must be at the 4000 level. Up to 35 credits may be taken in other relevant disciplines, as approved by the mathematics department graduate committee. Courses should be chosen in consultation with, and are subject to the approval of, the student's academic advisor.

Examinations
Every student admitted to the PhD program is expected to pass a written preliminary examination in analysis and a written preliminary examination in algebra. Both preliminary examinations are designed to test whether students in the PhD program have the adequate undergraduate preparation to continue in the program with a reasonable chance of success. Both examinations are offered twice per year: during the week immediately preceding the first week of the fall quarter, and during the first week of the winter quarter. A student must pass both exams by no later than the end of the winter quarter of his/her second year in the program unless the graduate committee grants an extension of this deadline for exceptional and documented reasons.

Tool Requirement
It is strongly recommended that students satisfy their tool requirement by demonstrating the ability to use a modern computer typesetting system. Other options include: reading competency in two languages selected from French, German and Russian; a series of outside courses in another discipline; a significant laboratory experience involving mathematics.