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Master in mathematics

This program requires a minimum of 24 semester hours plus a thesis or a minimum of 36 hours without a thesis. Non-thesis students who select the degree option with a minor will have a minimum of 27 hours in the major and a minimum of 9 hours in the minor. A student may select a minor or non-minor degree option.

Background Requirements

The minimum undergraduate requirements are:

  • MATH 3380  Analysis I
  • MATH 4307  Modern Algebra
  • MATH 4315  Analysis II
  • MATH 4330  General Topology
  • 18 hours of elective advanced Mathematics.

These requirements may be reduced if the applicant shows evidence of taking equivalent courses elsewhere. Students are required to make up background courses if they do not have sufficient undergraduate mathematics. This background work must be completed before enrolling in graduate courses.


Core Courses: (9 hours):

  • MATH 5307  Modern Algebra
  • MATH 5373  Theory of Functions of Real Variables
  • Either MATH 5329  General Topology OR MATH 5331  Metric Spaces

Minor (option): The minor should be selected from the list of approved minors in the graduate catalog.

Elective Courses: All students are required to choose one of the following options and then select their elective courses accordingly.

Option Math Electives
No thesis and no minor   27 hours
No thesis and a minor 18 hours
Thesis and no minor 15 hours
Thesis and a minor 9 hours

Comprehensive Examination: All students are required to take a three-part written comprehensive exam.  Topics include the following:

  • MATH 5307  Modern Algebra
  • MATH 5373  Theory of Functions of Real Variables
  • MATH 5329  General Topology