Master of Science
in Mathematics
Sam Houston State University

 Contact: Dr. Ken W. Smith, MS graduate advisor
    email: KenWSmith @ SHSU . edu 
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   The graduate faculty at Sam Houston are committed to working closely with graduate students, helping them to develop their greatest potential in mathematics.  Our classes are small and dynamic, led by energetic and experienced faculty.  Graduates of the program continue on to doctoral programs, to community college teaching positions or to positions in industry. 

The Curriculum

    The MS program in mathematics is 36 semester hours (two years) with core classes in algebra, analysis, topology, complex analysis, linear algebra and discrete mathematics.  There is an option for a thesis.  Specific details on the curriculum are here and a tentative schedule is here.


    We offer six to ten new assistantships each year.  Teaching assistants grade, tutor or teach developmental mathematics classes.  Stipends as of 2012 are $13,005 per 9 months.  Preliminary decisions about Fall teaching assistantships are usually made about March 1 but assistantships are often not filled until early summer.

    Students interested in a teaching assistantship should contact Dr. Ken Smith at the email address above.

Guidance for graduate students

    Some suggestions to streamline the application and approval process are given here.

(Last modified on May 10, 2013)


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  1. Grad Studies Application

  2. Official transcripts

  3. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

  4. Official GRE scores

  5. Three letters of recommendation

  6. There may be additional requirements and deadlines for international students

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