The MA in mathematics comprises three concentrations: mathematics, statistics, and mathematics in the community college. Full time students enrolled in the mathematics in the community college concentration generally hold teaching assistantships to gain experience as they complete their MA program.
The degree requirements are as follows.
1. Research Skills Requirement
The Graduate School’s research skills requirement is satisfied by demonstrating competency in an appropriate foreign language or by completing certain courses depending on the concentration. Students should see the Graduate Director for information specific to their concentrations.
All students complete at least 24 s.h. of coursework including required courses specific to each concentration area as detailed below. Specific course requirements may be waived for students who have previously taken equivalent courses.
Plus electives to equal at least 26 semester hours
(if some of the preceding courses were taken before graduate work was begun).
3. Students must score satisfactorily on a comprehensive examination.
4. Thesis or Research Project
Students specializing in Mathematics or Statistics must either write a thesis or complete a research project under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. Students electing the thesis option enroll in MATH 7000 for 6 s.h. Students electing the non-thesis option are required to complete an additional 9 s.h. of course work prefixed MATH and numbered above 4999.
5. Students pursuing the Mathematics in the Community College concentration
Must prepare a teaching portfolio under the direction of a faculty mentor. They must also give a presentation to an undergraduate audience and complete an additional 9 s.h. of course work prefixed MATH and numbered above 4999.