**Program Description**** | ****Admission | Degree Requirements | ****Courses**

# Program Description

The Master of Arts in Mathematics is a thirty-six hour program designed for persons who will specialize in mathematics teaching at the pre-university or two-year college level. The MA in Mathematics is a non-thesis program. Students who wish to pursue doctoral studies in mathematics are encouraged to pursue the MS in Mathematics.

**Admission**

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in Mathematics must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Studies:

- A Graduate Studies Application with the application fee
- Official transcript(s) of all previous college work
- Official GRE scores
- Two letters of recommendation

An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred for admission into the Mathematics program. However, GPA and GRE scores do not constitute the primary criteria for admission. Based on a review of an applicant's undergraduate transcript, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics may require completion of undergraduate stem courses as a condition for admission.

**Degree Requirements**

The degree requires a minimum of thirty-six hours of graduate credit. An oral comprehensive examination is administered by the advisory committee for each degree candidate. The oral examination must be scheduled with the Graduate Advisor at least three weeks in advance. Request forms are available in the department office. Students must be enrolled the semester in which they take the comprehensive examination. Requirements specified in the degree plan are subject to minor modification by the department. Also, to ensure a balanced program, all electives must be approved by the department chair or an authorized representative of the graduate Mathematics faculty.

Item |
Requirement |
Options |
HoursRequired |

1 | Specified Courses |
Choose MTH 586 <MATH 5386> Seminar in
Algebra For Teachersall from:MTH 587 <MATH 5387> Seminar in Geometry For Teachers MTH 588 <MATH 5388> Seminar in Analysis For Teachers MTH 589 <MATH 5389> Seminar in Probability and Statistics For Teachers MTH 560 <MATH 5360> Special Topics ^{1} |
15 |

2 | Electives |
Choose Graduate courses in MATHthree from:^{2} |
9 |

3 | Secondary Field | Choose Graduate courses in a second fieldfour from:^{2} |
12 |

TOTAL |
36 |

Notes: |

^{1} |
This is a directed reading/research course, and the student must produce a written report on the research conducted. |

^{2} |
Selections must be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. |

# Courses

**Senior Courses Open to Graduate Students
**With departmental approval, a maximum of six hours of the
following senior (4000-level) courses may be taken for graduate credit toward the MA in Mathematics.

MTH 466 <MATH 4366> Elementary Analysis |

MTH 467 <MATH 4367> The Evolution of Mathematics |

MTH 477 <MATH 4377> Algebraic Structures |