at Sam Houston State University

(approved by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics April 2010)

Link to graduate catalogue at Sam Houston

Master of Science, 36 Semester Hours, Thesis or Non-Thesis.

Common Requirements:
    1.  Core courses: MATH 6333, 6334, 6335, 6336.
    2.  Required courses: MATH 5397, 6332, 6368, 6379.
    3.  An examination over the four core courses and one of the required courses.

    4.  One of the following:
          A.  A thesis of 6 semester hours and 6 additional hours of approved courses offered for graduate credit in Mathematics.
          B.   STAT 561, MATH 6398 and 6 additional semester hours of approved courses offered for graduate credit in Mathematics.

Senior Courses Open to Graduate Students
Courses open to students pursuing Master of Science programs:
   MATH   4366    Elementary Analysis (Credit 3)
   MATH   4376    Topics in Applied Mathematics (Credit 3)

   MATH   4377    Algebraic Structures (Credit 3)

A maximum of six hours of 4000-level courses may be taken toward the completion of the master’s degree. Course requirements in 4000-level courses will be appropriately modified for graduate credit.


There are ten required courses.  A tentative cycling of these courses is here.

Four courses are taken in the student’s first year:

  MATH 6333, Analysis I

  MATH 6334, Analysis II

  MATH 6335, Algebra I

  MATH 6336, Algebra II

Four courses are taken in the either the student’s first year or second year, depending on the cycling:

  MATH 6332, Topology (first or second year)

  MATH 6379, Functions of a Complex Variable (first or second year)

  MATH 5397, Discrete Mathematics (first or second year)

  MATH 6368, Numerical Linear Algebra (first or second year)

Two courses are usually taken in the student’s second year:

  STAT 5361*, Theory and Applications of Probability

  MATH 6398*, Research

(*Some students may choose a thesis “Plan A” option instead of these two courses.)

There are two elective “Topics” courses, for students in their second year (one offered each fall, one offered each spring.)  These courses will be selected from a list created by the math area faculty. 

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