Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Mathematics, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: Mathematics and Statistics 
Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways  
This Major shares a common core with the Applied Mathematics, M.A.  


The Major provides the experience and knowledge to understand and appreciate prior accomplishments in the discipline and develop the skills necessary for a meaningful contribution to the intellectual advancement and applications of the discipline.   It prepares its graduates to pursue long-term careers in their field by providing solid and cutting-edge knowledge, as well as a technical education enabling them to take on leading positions in a modern economy.

Major Research Areas

Algebra & Number Theory, Applied Statistics, Approximation Theory, Bio-Mathematics, Complex & Harmonic Analysis, Cyber-Security & Cryptography, Data Science, Differential Equations, Graph Theory & Combinatorics, Low-Dimensional Topology, Mathematics Education, Mathematical Physics, Operator Theory, Probability, Statistical Learning, Stochastic Processes & Modelling

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in mathematical sciences or related area.
  • GRE - At least a 55th percentile Quantitative score; Verbal and Analytical Writing scores are also considered.
  • At least a 3.00 GPA in undergraduate math courses, and specifically in the following courses or their equivalents: Elementary Abstract Algebra, Bridge to Abstract Mathematics, and Intermediate Analysis.
  • Three letters of recommendation (two of which should be from college level mathematics/statistics professors).
  • A completed math department application form, including a statement of goals
  • A completed departmental graduate teaching assistantship application form (if such a position is desired).

The Graduate Admissions Committee may provisionally admit applicants from other majors to the Master’s Program if they meet the GPA requirement.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 31 hours

  • Shared Core Requirements – 4 Credit Hours
  • Other Required Courses - 3 Credit Hours
  • Mathematics Knowledge Breadth and Depth - 6 Credit Hours Minimum
  • Electives - 6 Credit Hours
  • Thesis/Non-Thesis– 6 Credit Hours minimum

Core Requirements (4 Credit Hours)

Additional Required Courses (3 Credit Hours)

Students must complete the following course.  If taken at the undergraduate level (MAA 4212) or its approved analogue is taken, then an approved elective may be taken in place of MAA 5306:

Mathematics Knowledge Breadth and Depth Courses (6 Credit hours minimum)

The Program offers structured coursework to ensure both breadth and depth of disciplinary knowledge.  The student must complete either two pairs of courses from the Fundamental Knowledge categories, or one pair of courses from the Fundamental Knowledge categories and one group of courses from Mathematical Depth categories with at least a 3.00 grade average. Each course may count towards one category.

Fundamental Knowledge in Algebra, Analysis or Topology

Course Groups Representing Mathematics Depth

Applied Algebra and Number Theory

Applied Mathematics:


Complex Analysis:

Dynamical Systems:

Functional Analysis:

Graph Theory

Harmonic Analysis

Partial Differential Equations:

Theory of Computing:

Statistical Methods

Mathematical Statistics

Linear Models and Multivariate Analysis


Stochastic Processes And Time Series Analysis

Electives (6 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students select graduate courses listed  above in consultation with their advisor. Courses cannot count in more than one area.

Comprehensive Exam

The student must either successfully defend a thesis (the Thesis Option) or pass one of the written Fundamental Qualifying Examinations (the Exam Option).  

Thesis/Non-Thesis (6 Credit Hours)


Students in the non-thesis option complete an additional six (6) hours of electives from the graduate courses listed above.


  • Credit Hours: 2-19 (6 Credit Hours)
  • A student who elects the Thesis Option must register for a minimum of six (6) credit hours in MAT 6971  , only six (6) hours of which may be applied toward the 30-hour degree requirement.

Department Handbook

The student is responsible for familiarizing themselves with the additional program requirements and expectations listed in the program handbook, particularly those concerning timely progress.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway

Also available as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway