MS in Mathematics

Admission Requirements

Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field Mathematics or a related field. Applicants must have 20 semester hours of undergraduate work in mathematics beyond calculus. Additional requirements vary by area as noted in each section.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study, and an average of 3.00 in all mathematics courses beyond calculus.
  • Tests Required GRE General. The GRE Subject Test (in Mathematics or in Computer Science, depending on the area of interest) is highly recommended but not required
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 100, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based TOEFL); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 600 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
    • IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 7.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic work.
  • Personal Statement Required.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 32.
  • Course Work At least 24 hours must be in mathematics courses, of which 12 hours must be at the 500-level. The student must complete a course of study in one of the following concentrations or, in exceptional cases approved by the Graduate Studies Committee, a general program of study without concentration can be followed.

Concentration in Pure Mathematics

Course Title
Concentration Requirements
Complex Analysis with Applications
Second Course in Abstract Algebra I
Real Analysis I
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Topology II
Second Course in Abstract Algebra II
Real Analysis II
Complex Analysis I
Complex Analysis II
Other courses may be substituted with the permission of the director of graduate studies.
Remaining courses to be selected in consultation with an advisor
Students must do one of the following:
Pass a written comprehensive examination in pure mathematics
Write a thesis and pass an oral defense

Concentration in Applied Mathematics

Course Title
Concentration Requirements
Complex Analysis with Applications
Applied Differential Equations
Applied Partial Differential Equations
Remaining courses to be selected in consultation with an advisor
Students must do one of the following:
Pass a written comprehensive examination in applied mathematics
Write a thesis and pass an oral defense

Concentration in Mathematical Computer Science

Course Title
Concentration Requirements
Computer Algorithms I
Combinatorics
Numerical Analysis
Select at least three courses as follows:
Two 500-level MCS courses
One MCS graduate-level course OR
Linear and Non-Linear Programming
Other courses may be substituted with permission of the director of graduate studies
Remaining courses to be selected in consultation with an advisor
Students must do one of the following:
Pass a written comprehensive examination in mathematical computer science
Write a thesis and pass an oral defense
  • Comprehensive Examination Optional. Students who do not pass a written comprehensive examination must complete a thesis.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Thesis or course work only (with written comprehensive examination). No other options are available.