M.A. in Mathematics

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Program Description

The Master of Arts in Mathematics is a thirty-six hour program designed for persons who will specialize in mathematics teaching at the pre-university or two-year college level. The M.A. in Mathematics is a non-thesis program. Students who wish to pursue doctoral studies in mathematics are encouraged to pursue the M.S. in Mathematics.


Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in Mathematics must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) of all previous college work
  4. Official GRE scores
  5. Two letters of recommendation

An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred for admission into the Mathematics program. However, GPA and GRE scores do not constitute the primary criteria for admission. Based on a review of an applicant's undergraduate transcript, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics may require completion of undergraduate stem courses as a condition for admission.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires a minimum of thirty-six hours of graduate credit. An oral comprehensive examination is administered by the advisory committee for each degree candidate. The oral examination must be scheduled with the Graduate Advisor at least three weeks in advance. Request forms are available in the department office. Students must be enrolled the semester in which they take the comprehensive examination. Requirements specified in the degree plan are subject to minor modification by the department. Also, to ensure a balanced program, all electives must be approved by the department chair or an authorized representative of the graduate Mathematics faculty.

M.A. in Mathematics

Choose all from:
MATH 5386 <MTH 586> Seminar in Algebra For Teachers
MATH 5387 <MTH 587> Seminar in Geometry For Teachers
MATH 5388 <MTH 588> Seminar in Analysis For Teachers
MATH 5389 <MTH 589> Seminar in Probability and Statistics For Teachers
MATH 5360 <MTH 560> Special Topics1
Choose three from:
Graduate courses in MATH2
3 Secondary Field Choose four from:
Graduate courses in a second field2
1 This is a directed reading/research course, and the student must produce a written report on the research conducted.
2 Selections must be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.


Mathematics (MATH)

Senior Courses Open to Graduate Students
With departmental approval, a maximum of six hours of the following senior (4000-level) courses may be taken for graduate credit toward the MA in Mathematics.

MATH 4366 <MTH 466> Elementary Analysis
MATH 4367 <MTH 467> The Evolution of Mathematics
MATH 4377 <MTH 477> Algebraic Structures

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