The M.S. program in Mathematics is designed to provide the mathematical background needed to pursue careers in applied mathematics, statistics, industry, and teaching. Students in the program have the option to concentrate in Applied Mathematics or Secondary Education. Applicants for the program must choose their concentration area when they submit their application for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Each concentration includes the completion of 30 credit hours of approved coursework for the degree program and passing the M.S. Qualifying Examination.

M.S. Mathematics: Secondary Education Concentration.
Overview

The Master of Science in Mathematics (Secondary Education Concentration) prepares students to successfully teach mathematics at High School level. It is designed for teachers who wish to improve their level of competence in mathematics or wish to serve as High School Mathematics Specialists, or wish to teach mathematics at the High School level.

The program is for people who (1) are currently teaching mathematics in the High schools, or (2) plan to teach mathematics in the High schools, or (3) wish to switch careers and would like to obtain the M.S Degree in mathematics and also earn credits toward fulfilling the requirements for a High School Teaching Licensure.

Admission to the M.S in Mathematics (Secondary Education Concentration)

  1. Applicants must fulfill the requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research. (i.e., have a B.A. / B.S. degree).
  2. Applicants must have successfully completed 18 or more credit hours of College level Mathematics content courses that include Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Discrete mathematics. Equivalent courses completed in other subject areas such as physics, engineering, business, computer sciences etc. may apply.

GRE:  Not required

M.S. Mathematics: Applied Mathematics Concentration.
Overview

The Master of Science in Mathematics (Applied Mathematics Concentration) is designed for those with a strong undergraduate background in mathematics who wish to better prepare themselves for careers that include statistics, applied mathematics, or who intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree at another institute.  The program is designed so that the student can concentrate in an area of Applied Mathematics, Statistics, or Operation Research.

Admission to the M.S in Mathematics (Applied Mathematics Concentration)

  1. Applicants must fulfill the requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research. (i.e., have a B.A. / B.S. degree).
  2. Applicants must have successfully completed at least six courses (i.e., 18 or more credit hours of College level Mathematics content courses) above Multivariable Calculus preferably including two of the following or their equivalent: Ordinary Differential Equations, Introduction to Numerical Analysis, Probability and Statistics, and Advanced Calculus.
  3. Applicants are expected to be familiar with at least one mathematical or statistical computer package such as R, Maple, Minitab, Matlab, Mathematica, SPSS, SAS, etc.

GRE:  Not required

M.S. Mathematics: Secondary Education Concentration.

Program of Study
The program consists of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to be chosen in consultation with the advisor. At least seven of the courses must be at the 400 level. With the approval of the Department of Mathematics, the program accepts transfer credits in accordance with university-wide graduate policy. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) recommend that teachers of secondary school mathematics be knowledgeable in the contents of Probability and Statistics, Geometry, History of Mathematics and Foundations of Algebra. 

Graduate Program Policies
The policies for the College of Graduate Studies and Research are found here.

Core Courses
Five course from the following list15
Discrete Mathematical Structures
Modern Geometry
MATH 444 - Problem Solving, Modeling & Projects with Technology
New Directions In Teaching Mathematics In The Junior And Senior High School
Mathematical Modeling
Project In Mathematics
Electives - choose one of two options15
Option 1 - (five courses from the following list)
Simulation Modeling And Analysis
Galois Theory: Historical And Modern
Probability And Statistics
Foundations Of Geometry
Abstract Algebra I
History Of Mathematics
Number Theory
Complex Variables
Abstract Algebra II
Theory Of Equations
Introduction To Real Analysis
Linear Algebra II
Teaching Mathematical Problem Solving In The Secondary Schools
Computers In The Teaching Of Secondary School Mathematics
The Nature Of Mathematical Abilities In School Children
Option 2 - Up to 6 credit hours of courses from the following list and up to 9 credit hours of 400 level courses taken for teacher licensure
Simulation Modeling And Analysis
Galois Theory: Historical And Modern
Probability And Statistics
Foundations Of Geometry
Abstract Algebra I
History Of Mathematics
Number Theory
Complex Variables
Abstract Algebra II
Theory Of Equations
Introduction To Real Analysis
Linear Algebra II
Teaching Mathematical Problem Solving In The Secondary Schools
Computers In The Teaching Of Secondary School Mathematics
The Nature Of Mathematical Abilities In School Children
Total Hours30


Culminating/Capstone Experience Assessment 
Students fulfill their culminating experience requirement for the program through demonstration of their abilities in solving problems (i.e., passing the Qualifying examination) and completing a project.

Students must complete:
1.    Qualifying Examination for the M.S in Mathematics 
Pass a written comprehensive examination that covers topics in the areas of Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Elementary Analysis, and Mathematics Structures.
2.    Project for the M.S in Mathematics (Secondary Education Concentration)
Complete a written project under the supervision of a faculty member while enrolled in Mathematics 495 [Project in Mathematics], or complete a 400 level Mathematics course with a project component, approved by the advisor. The students who enroll in Mathematics 495 must present an oral report to a committee consisting of at least three faculty members. 
 

M.S. Mathematics: Applied Mathematics Concentration.

Program of Study
The program consists of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to be chosen in consultation with the advisor.   At least seven of the courses must be at the 400 level. With the approval of the Department of Mathematics, the program accepts transfer credits in accordance with university-wide graduate policy.

Graduate Program Policies
The policies for the College of Graduate Studies and Research are found here.

Core Courses (choose one of two options):
Project Option6
Discrete Mathematical Structures
Project In Mathematics
Thesis Option9
Discrete Mathematical Structures
MATH 590 - Thesis
Electives - (21 cr if doing a thesis)24
Linear Programming: Theory And Practice
Modern Geometry
Multivariate Statistical Analysis
Applied Regression Analysis
Experimental Design
Galois Theory: Historical And Modern
Introduction To Stochastic Models
Simulation Modeling And Analysis
Advanced Topics In Operations Research: Decision Theory
Mathematical Modeling
Advanced Topics In Operations Research: Mathematical Programming
Ordinary Differential Equations II
Partial Differential Equations
Numerical Analysis II
Complex Variables
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Introduction To Real Analysis
Linear Algebra II
Statistical Computer And Data Analysis Packages
Total hours30

Culminating/Capstone Experience Assessment
Students fulfill their culminating experience requirement for the program through demonstration of their abilities in solving problems (i.e., passing the Qualifying examination) and completing a project or thesis.

1. Qualifying Examination for the M.S in Mathematics
All students must pass a written comprehensive examination that covers topics in the areas of Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Elementary Analysis, and Mathematics Structures.  If a student has passed the first three actuary exams for the SOA or CAS, then they must show proof to the advisor and will be exempted from the Qualifying examination.

2. Project/Thesis for the M.S in Mathematics (Applied Mathematics Concentration)
Complete a written project or thesis under the supervision of a faculty member while enrolled in Mathematics 495 [Project in Mathematics] or MATH 590 [Thesis].The student must present an oral report to a committee consisting of at least three faculty members.

In order to register for the project course MATH 495 or the thesis course MATH 590, students must submit a signed topic approval form with an abstract of the proposed research project.  Students may register for 1-4 credits per term with 6 credits required for the thesis and 3 credits required for the project.   All MATH 590 credits must be earned within the equivalent of 2 academic years.