Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Program Details

Masters Program
Current as of: 01/14/2014

Degree Type: MS

Program Description

The aim of the Master's Degree program is to provide a balanced foundational education in mathematical and statistical analysis, an understanding of appropriate applications of the theory, and some depth in an area of specialization.The program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate major in mathematics or statistics. However, students with a strong record in mathematics from any other area of study will usually find their preparation to be adequate. The department believes that the applied nature of the program is enhanced by interaction with at least one other department in the Graduate School. Therefore, an out-of-department sequence taken from another department is required, and serves to help the future applied mathematician gain an appreciation for communicating with other scientists and engineers. In addition, the thesis project is often linked to an Air Force or defense department organization, further enhancing the student's appreciation for and experience in working with the non-mathematician. ned for students who have completed an undergraduate major in mathematics or statistics. However, students with a strong record in mathematics from any other area of study will usually find their preparation to be adequate. The department believes that the applied nature of the program is enhanced by interaction with at least one other department in the Graduate School of Engineering and Management. Therefore, an application sequence taken from another department is required, and serves to help the future applied mathematician gain an appreciation for communicating with other scientists and engineers. In addition, the thesis project is invariably linked to an Air Force or defense department organization, further enhancing the student's appreciation for and experience in working with the non mathematician.

The Master of Science (MS) program nominally takes 18 months (six quarters) to complete. Entering students are assigned an Academic Advisor to assist in setting up a tentative education plan merging the student's interests with program requirements. The student will eventually select a thesis advisor, with the approval of the Department Head, who will guide the student’s thesis research. An oral defense of the thesis in the presence of the advisor and at least two faculty readers is also required. Although the readers’ assessment of the thesis work is important, the thesis advisor is solely responsible for assigning a letter grade to the thesis.

Degree Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree in mathematics or science with a strong record in mathematics with an overall GPA of 3.0 (4.0 system)
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 500 (verbal) and 600 (quantitative)
  3. United States citizenship

Minimum Requirements for M.S. degree

Complete an approved education plan containing at least 48 hrs with a GPA of 3.0 (4 pt system) or better which includes the following:

  • MATH 600 (Mathematical Analysis) or MATH 602 (Modern Applied Mathematics I)
  • MATH 601 (Complex Analysis)
  • STAT 601 (Theory of Probability)
  • STAT 602 (Mathematical Statistics)
  • Out-of-department sequence (8 hrs)
  • Three courses (12 hrs) in area of specialization
  • Thesis (12 hrs) and oral defense