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Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics: Pure Mathematics - MA

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Students in the MA program in Pure Mathematics want to investigate mathematics beyond the undergraduate level. Most have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. But there are always several with an undergraduate degree in a related topic and a few students whose undergraduate background is completely unrelated. In both of these cases the students filled out their mathematics background prior to applying for admissions.

Students use this program for various purposes. Many use their added mathematics background as part of a competitive application to a doctoral program. In-service teachers gain permanent certification via their MA. Others use their degree to seek employment or advancement to positions that require an advanced degree. Several seek positions as instructors at local area colleges. Others are in areas unrelated to education.

Admission Requirements for the MA in Pure Mathematics

The general college admission requirements  must be satisfied. These include the Graduate Record Examination and two letters of recommendation.  The Department’s requirements are flexible. They are intended to encourage students without a prior specialization in mathematics to pursue a degree in mathematics.

Degree Requirements for the MA in Pure Mathematics

Thirty credits (10 courses) from courses chosen as follows:

3. Geometry and Topology Requirement

4. Elective Course Requirement (15 credits)

Fifteen credits (5 courses) from MATH 70000 and/or STAT 70000-level courses approved by the graduate mathematics adviser are required. The department’s course rotation schedule may make it necessary to substitute a limited number of courses at the MATH 60000 level with permission of the adviser. 

5. Written comprehensive examination

Written comprehensive examinations are required in algebra and analysis (see 1 and 2 above) and in two additional areas to be chosen by the student with the adviser’s approval. The comprehensive examinations must be completed in the student’s final semester. Students who fail an examination may repeat the examination. If a student fails an examination twice, the department chair will appoint a committee to review the student’s case. The student may be allowed to repeat the examination for a final time or may be required to leave the program.

6. Reading knowledge

Students must exhibit a reading knowledge of French, German, Russian or another language with a sufficiently rich mathematical literature.


For further information on the MA in Pure Mathematics, please contact Professor John Loustau:

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