Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The recipient of a PhD degree will have demonstrated that he or she can successfully perform original research in a specific mathematical area. To receive this degree, a student must maintain a B average over 72 credit hours of course work and pass departmental preliminary and comprehensive examinations. However, the defining requirement for this degree is the writing of a dissertation embodying a substantial piece of original mathematical research.

Master of Arts and Master of Science

The main requirements for these degrees are the maintenance of a B average in course work and the passing of a Master of Arts oral exam or the writing of a Master of Science thesis. Although it does not have to be as extensive or original as a PhD dissertation, a Master of Science thesis should clearly demonstrate the student's mastery of the chosen topic. The number of courses and the flexibility in choosing the courses depend on the specific program. The Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees require 24 credits, whereas the Master of Arts in applied math requires 30 credits.

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Dual Master of Science Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science

The basic purpose of this program is to provide the well-qualified student with a challenging and enriching educational experience in the combination of mathematics and computer science. Requirements include 39 credits of course work plus six more credits either in the form of a thesis or in the form of two additional graduate courses, one in mathematics and one in computer science, followed by an oral examination.

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