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Master of Arts in Mathematics

Minimum Total for Graduation: 30 Hours

The M.A. in Mathematics is a two-year program.  It emphasizes more computational aspects of mathematics for students who are interested in jobs in business, industry, and government.  The program also retains the flexibility to prepare students for teaching mathematics at the undergraduate level or to undertake doctoral work in mathematics.

The M.A. in Mathematics program requires a total of 30 credit hours with two different research requirements:

  • Plan A: Twenty four (24) hours of course work and six hours of Thesis.
  • Plan B: Twenty seven (27) hours of course work, two Plan B papers (one credit hour each) plus Graduate Student Seminar (one credit hour).


Admission Requirements for the M.A. in Mathematics program:  


To be admitted to the program, candidates must meet the following criteria: 

  • Hold at least a four year undergraduate degree or equivalent degree from a college of university of recognized standing and meet the requirements for regular admission to the College of Graduate Studies.
  • Overall undergraduate average GPA of 2.7 or higher 
  • Minimum of 20 semester hours of mathematics with and average GPA of 2.7 or higher, which must include
    • Multivariable Calculus or equivalent
    • Linear or Abstract Algebra
  • Minimum TOEFL for International Students: See the Page: Information for Prospective Graduate Students.
  • General GRE is recommended (if a student applies for a graduate assistantship, GRE is required.  The GRE requirement may be waived by the Department in exceptional cases.


Program Requirements for the M.A. in Mathematics Program:

  • ​Algebra Requirements (6 hours)
    • MTH 525 - Modern Algebra II 3(3-0)
    • MTH 623 - The Theory of Groups 3(3-0)

  • Analysis Requirements (9 hours)
    • MTH 533 - Advanced Calculus II 3(3-0)
    • MTH 632 - Introduction to Real Analysis and Its Applications 3(3-0)
    • MTH 636 - Introduction to Complex Variables 3(3-0)


  • Computational Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)  Select one of the following:
    • MTH 520 - Optimization Theory 3(3-0)
    • MTH 534 - Applied Mathematics and Differential Equations 3(3-0)
    • MTH 578 - Combinatorics I 3(3-0)
    • MTH 638 - Theoretical Numerical Analysis 3(3-0)


  • Perspectives in Math Requirement (3 hours)  Select one of the following:
    • MTH 673 - History of Advanced Mathematics 3(3-0)
    • MTH 761 - Methods for Teaching College Mathematics 3(3-0)


  • Statistics Requirement (3 hours)
    • Any Statistics course offered by the mathematics department numbered STA 500 or higher.


  • Research Requirements (6 hours)  Select either plan A or plan B:
    • Plan A (6 hours)
      • Completion of a thesis, i​ncluding an oral examination over the thesis
    •  Plan B (6 hours)  Required Courses (3 hours)
      • 1 hour or MTH 693, plus 1 h​​our of MTH 698 for Plan B paper 1, and 1 hour of MTH 698 for Plan B paper 2:
      • MTH​ 693 - Graduate Seminar in Mathematics and Its Applications 1-4(Spec)    
      • MTH 698 - Plan B​ Project 1-2(Spec)

Total: 30 hours


View the Graduate Program Bulletin for the M.A. in Mathematics HERE