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Master of Science in Mathematics


1. A bachelor's degree in mathematics, or a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 24 upper division units in mathematics from an accredited college or university;

2. A grade of "C" or better in MATH 247, 361A-B, 364A and 444, or their equivalents. Deficiencies will be determined by the Graduate Advisor.

Advancement to Candidacy

In addition to University requirements, the student must have completed all prerequisite courses listed above with no grade less than "C". Students must have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and should file for Advancement upon completion of at least six units (and no more than nine units) on the Program, with at least a 3.0 GPA. Program of study must be approved by the appropriate Graduate Advisor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics Chair, Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics or designee, and Dean of Graduate Studies.


1. A minimum of 30 graduate and approved upper-division units in mathematics including:

  • A. MATH 540
  • B. Two additional courses selected from MATH 550, MATH 561, MATH 562.
  • C. Two additional courses selected from MATH 545, MATH 555, MATH 565, and MATH 566.
  • D. An additional 3 units of 500-level mathematics courses.

Three units must be in a course designated as fulfilling the program requirement in geometry; these courses include MATH 451, MATH 456, and MATH 542.

2. Complete one of the following culminating activities. (Note: In order to satisfy the culminating activity requirement (thesis, project, or comprehensive examination dependent upon the program), students must earn at least three (3) units and no more than six (6) units related to the completion of the culminating activity):

  • A. Pass a comprehensive written examination in two areas of Pure Mathematics. Specific requirements for passing of the comprehensive examinations can be found on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website at
  • B. Subject to the approval of the Pure Mathematics Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, write a thesis in mathematics and defend it orally.

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