Frequently Asked Questions
about the MS program in Mathematics
Sam Houston State University
Frequently Asked Questions:

1.Are there night classes or online classes in the MSMath program? Occasionally a class will be offered in the early evening, say 5  6:30 but most of our classes are day classes. All of our classes are on campus, facetoface, in a small casual setting where faculty can work closely with students.

2.Is there a tuition waiver with the teaching assistantship? Sorry, not at this time. We hope to see tuition waivers in the future....

3.What are typical teaching assistant duties? Most students teach two sections of MATH 0332, a developmental mathematics course for first year students. (Mrs. Mary Lou Shelton provides supervision for these courses.) Other students grade for faculty or work in our tutoring center or work for Distance Learning (DELTA.)

4. Is there support in addition to the assistantships? Yes, there are graduate scholarships. More information is available here.

5.What are the graduate classes for 20122013? Here is a tentative schedule for 201213.
Fall 2012 classes (first year graduate students will take Analysis I, Algebra I and Numerical Linear Algebra):
MATH 5360, Differential Geometry (secondyear students) Brian Loft, TR 1112:20
*STAT 5361, Theory & App of Probability (elective for secondyear students) Melinda Holt, TR 12:301:50
*MATH 5360, Topics in Algebra, Ken Smith, MW 56:20
MATH 6333, Analysis I (firstyear students) Damon Hay, TR 9:3011:50
MATH 6335, Algebra I (firstyear students) Luis Garcia, MW 1112:20
MATH 6368, Numerical Linear Algebra (first & secondyear students) Ed Swim, 34:30 MW
MATH 6398/6099, Research project/Thesis
Spring 2013 (tentative)
MATH 5360, Applied Math (secondyear students) John Alford
MATH 5397, Discrete Math (first and second year students) Marty Malandro
MATH 6334, Analysis II (firstyear students) Damon Hay
MATH 6336, Algebra II (firstyear students) Luis Garcia
MATH 6398/6099, Research project/Thesis
(*An asterisk denotes an elective.)

6. What paperwork is required for graduation?

There is a “declaration of major” form which should be filled out in the spring of the first year. If the student does a thesis, there are additional forms which must be processed throughout the completion of the thesis.
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