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Graduate Studies in Mathematics

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Master of Science in Mathematics


The MS in Mathematics is designed to enhance and enrich training in the field of mathematics for persons who teach at the secondary level or in community colleges, and for people who plan to work as applied mathematicians in industry or government agencies. The department offers the Master of Science degree with thesis and non-thesis tracks.

Admission Requirements

Students should have an undergraduate major in mathematics or related field. Those lacking the appropriate background will be required to complete leveling work. The departmental graduate advisor in consultation with the mathematics faculty will review the student's transcript and determine if leveling work is needed. The departmental graduate advisor will assist the student in selecting a graduate committee. The committee should consist of a minimum of three members, two of whom are from the graduate faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Physics. The third can be from the graduate faculty of a department in which the student takes support work.

Degree Requirements

The MS in Mathematics requires 36 hours of approved work in Mathematics and supporting areas. At least 24 hours will be 5000 level mathematics courses excluding a thesis. These courses will include Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, and Probability and Statistics. The remaining 12 hours will be selected from approved mathematics or supporting courses. A student may elect to do a master's thesis. The chair of the student's graduate committee will direct the master's thesis.

Comprehensive Examination

The department requires an oral comprehensive examination for the MS degree. The comprehensive examination will be administered by the student's graduate committee during the last semester of the program. The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies or a representative from the Graduate Office will be invited to participate in the oral examination. If the result of the oral comprehensive examination is less than satisfactory, additional course work in areas of weakness may be recommended before rescheduling the examination.

Course Offerings
Fall 2008 Spring 2009 Fall 2010 Spring 2010
508 Abstract Algebra 520 Real Analysis 505 Probability and Statistics 550 Linear Algebra
511 Operations Research 560 Numerical Analysis 506 Dynamical Systems 509 Complex Variables
530 Mathematical Modeling   584 Instructional Technology  

Tarleton Department of Mathematics