|Major Code: 8073
||Degree Awarded: Master of Science
|Delivery Mode(s): Classroom
||Admission Status: Graduate
|Admission Materials: letters of recommendation, résumé, statement of objectives, transcripts
||Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
The master’s degree program in mathematics is designed to produce mathematicians with competence in analysis, differential equations, and computational mathematics who have breadth and versatility in mathematics and its applications in related fields. The master’s program is organized so that students will have the freedom to select their mathematics electives to achieve more knowledge in a particular area in which they may wish to develop expertise. The program also allows students to obtain an appropriate background for industrial employment or to pursue further graduate studies toward the doctoral degree in mathematics or a related area.
Students are encouraged to consider which combination of elective mathematics courses are appropriate for their choice of specialization and to discuss the program with their advisers as soon as graduate study begins.
Applicants should have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in mathematics or a related area and must have completed undergraduate courses in differential equations, linear algebra, analysis, probability, and statistics. Courses taken to satisfy admission prerequisites cannot be counted toward the degree requirements.
General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented under Graduate Academic Information .
The master of science degree in mathematics can be pursued with either a thesis or nonthesis option; each requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Under the thesis option, an oral defense is required and up to six credit hours of the thesis research are used in place of electives. Theses that combine mathematics with its applications in science or engineering are encouraged. Nonthesis option candidates may take up to 6 credits of graduate courses outside of the mathematics program, subject to the approval of the department head. Nonthesis option candidates must successfully complete a written final program examination in the areas of analysis, differential equations and computational mathematics.