The M.A. in Mathematics is a twoyear 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:
 Applicants must meet all CMU Graduate Studies admission requirements. International students should take note of any special admission considerations required by the College of Graduate Studies, including TOEFL requirements.
 Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of 20 semester hours of mathematics including Multivariate Calculus (equivalent to MTH 233), Abstract Algebra (equivalent to MTH 523), and Advanced Calculus (equivalent to MTH 532). Students missing one or more of these courses may be considered for Conditional Admission. Applicants granted Conditional Admission will be asked to take the missing course(s) when they begin the program. A grade point average of 2.7 overall and a 2.7 in mathematics are required.
 Applicants must submit a Statement of Purpose of at least 100 words and not to exceed two pages. The Statement of Purpose should explain their relevant academic and professional experiences, discuss motivation for applying to the program, and describe their goals after completing the program.
 Both admission to the program and awards of Graduate Assistantships are competitive. Applicants interested in a Graduate Assistantship position must submit a Graduate Assistantship Application along with General GRE scores and three letters of recommendation directly to the Department of Mathematics. Evaluation for Graduate Assistantships is based on the nature of previous coursework, grades, general GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. The deadline for applying for a Graduate Assistantship is February 15. Application materials received after February 15 are considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
Program Requirements for the M.A. in Mathematics Program:

Algebra Requirements (6 hours)
 MTH 525  Advanced Linear Algebra
 MTH 623  The Theory of Groups and Rings

Analysis Requirements (9 hours)
 MTH 533  Advanced Calculus II
 MTH 632  Introduction to Real Analysis and its Applications
 MTH 636  Introduction to Complex Variables

Applied Mathematics Requirement (3 hours) Select one of the following:
 MTH 520  Optimization Theory
 MTH 534  Applied Mathematics and Differential Equations
 MTH 638  Theoretical Numerical Analysis

Core Electives (6 hours) Select two of the following:
 MTH 527  Representation Theory of the Symmetric Group
 MTH 578  Combinatorics and Graph Theory
 MTH 625  Theory of Modules and Fields
 MTH 634  Fourier Analysis
 MTH 637  Complex Variable Theory
 MTH 543  Curves and Surfaces
 MTH 645  Algebraic Topology
 MTH 673  History of Advanced Mathematics
 MTH 761  Methods for Teaching College Mathematics
 MTH 762  A Survey of Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education
 STA 584  Mathematics Statistics I

Research Requirements (6 hours) Select either plan A or plan B:

Plan A (6 hours)
 Completion of a thesis, including an oral examination over the thesis
 Plan B (6 hours) Required Courses (3 hours)
 1 hour or MTH 693, plus 1 hour 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 Application
 MTH 698  Plan B Project
 Electives (3 hours)
 Electives may be chosen from any graduate level course and may be selected from a department other than mathematics. Electives must be chosen with approval of your advisor.