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MS – Pure Mathematics

MS: Concentration in Pure Mathematics

The Master of Science (MS) in Mathematics degree with concentration in Pure Mathematics is designed for students with a strong mathematical background who intend to continue for a PhD degree. While earning the MS degree, students are encouraged to complete one or more of the basic 500-level course sequences which lead to a written preliminary examination.

The student must fulfill the Graduate College requirements specified in the Graduate College catalog as well as departmental requirements detailed in the MSCS Graduate Handbook, which includes:

Core courses (16 credit hours)

  • MATH 417 (Complex Analysis with Applications)
  • MATH 516 (Second Course in Abstract Algebra I)
  • MATH 533 (Real Analysis I)
  • One course selected from: MATH 446 (Introduction to Topology II), MATH 517 (Second Course in Abstract Algebra II), MATH 534 (Real Analysis II), MATH 535 (Complex Analysis I), MATH 536 (Complex Analysis II)

Departmental 500-level courses completed with an A or B (12 credit hours)

  • Courses may include independent study.
  • Courses CANNOT include MATH 589 (Teaching and Presentation of Mathematics).

One additional 400- or 500-level course (4 credit hours) selected as follows:

  • Course may include independent study.
  • Course may include MATH 589 (Teaching and Presentation of Mathematics).

Students must pass the master's examination in Pure Mathematics AND satisfy the following requirement among the 32 credit hours completed toward the degree:

  • Complete 9 hours of 500-level courses, NOT including independent study. (Graduate College policy)