The mission of the Graduate Mathematics program is to increase understanding and the ability to apply mathematics through in-depth study, novel applications, and research. The areas of emphasis are mathematics education and applications of mathematics and statistics. The faculty engages in research and scholarly activities at the forefront of their specialties, with established and developing connections with the mathematics and education communities at large, and leads students through program research activities and projects or theses. The program prepares students for careers in education, science, and industry and serves the community by providing expertise to local schools, coastal industry, and research centers.
Students pursuing the Master of Science degree with a major in Mathematics will choose between an Applied and Computational Mathematics and a Curriculum Content option. The Applied and Computational Mathematics option will especially benefit individuals employed in scientific, technical, or education fields who seek advancement or additional training to enhance their knowledge and skills. The Curriculum Content option specifically addresses the needs of in-service teachers wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills in learning, teaching and understanding mathematics. In each option, a capstone product allows students to focus their coursework on broad applications. The Applied and Computational Mathematics option requires a thesis; the Curriculum Content option allows for a thesis or project. The thesis option starts with a broad foundation, and then encourages a specialized study culminating in a thesis based upon original research, supported by the mathematical literature. The thesis requirement for the master’s degree will allow a person to pursue advanced graduate study, or to obtain employment in most areas that require a detailed knowledge of a specific aspect of mathematics. The project allows a student to demonstrate particular ability with some part of the Curriculum Content. The project will be an original work supported by a mathematical literature review.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a command of principles of general mathematics at the graduate level.
- Recognize mathematics outside the realm of the classroom, and apply graduate level mathematical content as a matter of professional practice.
- Communicate mathematics effectively at the graduate level, in oral and written form, with appropriate use of technology.
In addition to meeting all University requirements for admission to graduate study in degree-seeking status, applicants for the MS degree in mathematics must also submit an essay to the University’s Office of Graduate Studies: The essay, 300-500 words in length, should discuss the applicant’s educational and professional goals, pertinent work and undergraduate experience, and other factors relating to the chosen option for graduate study. If the applicant has a GPA below 3.0 in undergraduate mathematics courses, the essay should specifically address any factors that might have hampered the applicant’s undergraduate study. One or more letters of recommendation specifically addressing an applicant’s ability to do graduate level study of mathematics may be submitted to strengthen an application. The letters should be submitted directly to the Department at the time of application.
Applicants are expected to enter the program with adequate academic preparation for their chosen option, as detailed in the degree requirements below. If the graduate committee determines that an applicant’s preparation is deficient, the individual will be required to complete course work to remedy these deficiencies. Such course work will be regarded as leveling work, and will not count as credit towards the total required for completion of the MS degree in mathematics.
- Applicants for the Applied and Computational Mathematics option should have the equivalent of an undergraduate mathematics major, or an undergraduate mathematics minor and a minor in science. Specific leveling course work is MATH 3315, Differential Equations; MATH 3311, Linear Algebra; MATH 3470, Calculus III; and MATH 4342, Introduction to Mathematical Statistics. Students with no computer programming experience may find themselves at a disadvantage in certain courses without an introductory programming course.
- Applicants for the Curriculum Content option should have teaching certification, teaching experience, or both. Applicants seeking initial certification should consult the SMTE Coordinator or College of Education to make plans for certification as leveling work. Specific leveling course work within Mathematics is MATH 2305, Discrete Mathematics; MATH 2413, Calculus I; and MATH 3311, Linear Algebra.
The course of study for the MS program in mathematics consists of the components listed below. Graduation requirements are slightly different for the Applied and Computational Mathematics and Curriculum Content options.
Applied and Computational Mathematics Option
2. Elective courses may be chosen from the following list.
With prior approval from the Department Chair, a student may select offerings of MATH 5390 or MATH 5396 or graduate courses from outside the Department as electives.
Each student in the Applied and Computational Mathematics option is encouraged to participate in the departmental seminar and may simultaneously take MATH 5394 for one to three semesters at a rate of 1 to 3 credit hours per semester. A total of three semester hours credit for MATH 5394 is required. The final time MATH 5394 is taken, the student will prepare a thesis proposal. When a student is within 18 semester hours of graduation, he or she may form a graduate committee and defend the proposal for the thesis. (Guidelines for writing the thesis, including the required format and style, are available at the department website.) Immediately upon approval of the thesis proposal, the student registers for MATH 5995 , Thesis. The student continues to register for MATH 5995 each successive semester (Fall or Spring required, Summer by choice) until the thesis is completed. A student who does not complete a thesis in the semester for which he or she has registered will receive a grade of IP (In Progress). Not completing a thesis in four long semesters or failure to register for an incomplete thesis in the next long semester will terminate the thesis and will require that the entire thesis process be repeated starting with the preparation of a new thesis proposal.
Each student in the Applied and Computational Mathematics option must defend his or her thesis, ordinarily during his or her final semester. The student’s graduate committee will administer the defense. For more information, see the Department’s Thesis Guidelines.
Curriculum Content Option
2. Any of the following courses may be used as an elective.
With prior approval of the Department Chair, any course with significant and appropriate mathematical content may be taken as an elective.
3. Capstone Course
All students in the Curriculum Content option will take MATH 5393 - Literature Review and Research Methodology as an introduction to relevant literature, research methods and project design. This course serves as the capstone to the graduate program and as preparation for either a thesis or project.
- Thesis or Project. A thesis requires a student to articulate a problem in mathematics education related to significant mathematical content, propose a solution, and collect and analyze data in creating a solution of the problem. A project requires a student to demonstrate his or her ability to undertake a significant curriculum development, perform the appropriate research needed to implement the development, and communicate orally and in writing their understanding of that process.
- Students writing a thesis or project will prepare a proposal in MATH 5393 . When a student is within 18 semester hours of graduation, he or she may form a graduate committee and defend the proposal. Guidelines for writing the thesis or project, including the required format and style, are available on the Mathematics Department website.) Immediately upon approval of the proposal the student registers for MATH 5995 - Thesis or MATH 5997 - Directed Research , as appropriate. The student continues to register for MATH 5995 - Thesis or MATH 5997 - Directed Research each successive semester (Fall or Spring required, Summer by choice) until the thesis or project is completed. A student who does not complete a thesis or project in the semester for which he or she has registered will receive a grade of IP (In Progress). Not completing a thesis or project in four long semesters or failure to register for MATH 5995 - Thesis or MATH 5997 - Directed Research in the next semester after receiving a grade of IP will terminate the thesis or project and will require that the entire process be repeated starting with the preparation of a new proposal.
Each student in the Curriculum Content Option must defend his or her thesis or project, ordinarily during his or her final semester. The student’s graduate committee will administer the defense.
For Additional Information
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