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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Graduate Program

The Department offers a graduate degree of Master of Science in Mathematics with specializations in:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics and Operations Research
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Post-secondary Mathematics Education

Admission applications should be sent to the Graduate School. The Graduate School web page provides additional information about the application procedures and downloadable application forms. Applications for teaching assistantship should be sent to the department.

You can view a list of some recent theses and special projects written by our graduate students here.

Program of Study

Students are assigned an academic advisor to plan an appropriate program of study. Requirements for each specialization appear in more detail in the Graduate Catalog.

Pure Mathematics

This specialization focuses on the theory underlying modern mathematics. It prepares students for further advanced study in mathematics, community college teaching, and fields where a solid grounding in theoretical mathematics is required.

  • Required Courses
    • Math 421 (Linear Algebra II)
    • Math 437 (Differential Geometry)
    • Math 450 (Real Analysis I)
    • Math 451 (Complex Analysis)
    • any two of Math 520 (Topics in Algebra), 545 (Real Analysis II), 550 (Topics in Analysis), 555 (Functional Analysis)
  • Electives (9 hours)
  • Thesis, special project, or exam (with additional 500 level course)

Computational and Applied Mathematics

This specialization may be of interest to students with undergraduate majors in mathematics, computer science, engineering, and physics, who need to use computers to solve industrial and scientific problems. Graduates choosing this option receive training in the formulation of mathematical solutions to industrial or scientific problems and the development and implementation of algorithms for the solution of such problems.

  • Required Courses
    • Math 421 (Linear Algebra II)
    • Math 450 (Real Analysis I)
    • Math 464 (Partial Differential Equations)
    • Either Math 465 (Numerical Analysis) or Math 466 (Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications)
    • Either Math 545 (Real Analysis II) or Math 555 (Functional Analysis)
    • Either Math 552 (Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations) or Math 565 (Advanced Numerical Analysis)
  • Electives (9 hours; Math 550, 567, Stat 575, and OR 587ab are recommended)
  • Thesis, special project, or exam (with additional 500 level course)

Statistics and Operations Research

Our graduate program in Statistics and Operations Research gives students the foundation to apply mathematical and statistical methods in industry, government, and scientific research. Graduates of our program have positions in business, academia, and government.

  • Required Courses
    • Stat 480a and 480b (Mathematical Statistics)
    • OR 440 (Deterministic Models)
    • OR 441 (Stochastic Models) or OR 442 (Simulation)
    • One of the following two semester sequences Stat 581/582, Stat 584/588, Stat 579/589, OR 587a/587b, OR 585/586
  • Electives (9 hours)
  • Thesis, special project, or exam (with additional 500 level course)

Post Secondary Mathematics Education

The post-secondary math education specialization contains both mathematics theory and pedagogy. Graduates will be well positioned to obtain a teaching position at a community college or teach dual-credit courses from many universities.

  • Three courses from the following
    • Math 420, 421, 423, 435, 437, 450, 451, 464, 465, 466, OR 440, Stat 480a, 480b, 482
  • Two content and pedagogy courses
    • Math 531 (Algebraic Content, Pedagogy, and Connections)
    • Math 532 (Geometric Content, Pedagogy, and Connections)
    • Math 533 (Discrete Mathematics Content, Pedagogy, and Connections)
    • Math 534 (Calculus Content, Pedagogy, and Connections)
    • Stat 535 (Probability and Data Analysis Content, Pedagogy, and Connections)
  • Two 500-level MATH/STAT/OR electives other than those above
  • Two courses from the following
    • EPFR 501, EPFR 515, CI 510, CI 562
  • Thesis, special project, or exam (with additional 500 level course)


Contact Dr. G. Stacey Staples, Graduate Program Director of the Department for additional information.

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