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Degree Requirements


Masters | PhD | Math for Secondary Teachers



The Master of Arts and Master of Science programs require a total of 32 semester hours of graduate credit. Each student should submit a detailed plan of study for approval by the advisor by the time the first 16 semester hours of graduate credit have been completed. There is no foreign language requirement for the Master of Arts or Master of Science degree programs.

Master of Science: Candidates for the Master of Science degree must write a suitable thesis.

Master of Arts: Candidates for the Master of Arts degree must pass the departmental qualifying examination at the master's level.

At least two of the following sequences must be completed, and at least one semester of one of the remaining sequences must be taken: MATH 6/71051 and 6/71052 MATH 6/72051 and 6/72052 MATH 6/72151 and 6/72152 MATH 6/76051 and 6/76052 With prior permission from the graduate studies committee, up to 6 semester hours of mathematically related coursework from other departments can be applied to meet the 14- semester-hour elective requirement. Candidates for the Master of Arts degree must pass the departmental qualifying examination at the master's level in algebra and analysis.

The following two sequences are required: MATH 6/70061 and 6/70062 MATH 6/72251 and 6/72252 At least 20 semester hours must be in MATH or CS courses at the 60000 level or above. Only 3 of the 6 hours of thesis will be counted toward the 20 semester hours at the 60000 level. The remaining 12 semester hours can be taken from graduate-level coursework in MATH or CS. With permission of the advisor, up to 12 semester hours of 50000-level MATH and/or CS courses may be applied toward the total required for the degree. Candidates who do not have an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics should include MATH 52031 and 52045 in their program. Master of Arts degree candidates must pass the departmental qualifying examination at the master's level in numerical analysis, probability or statistics, and one additional area chosen from among the areas listed for master's programs. While students entering the master's program in applied mathematics are not required to have an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics, they are expected to have proficiency in numerical analysis and statistics at the level of MATH 40012— Introduction to Statistical Concepts and MATH 42202— Introduction to Numerical Computing II. They are also expected to have taken computer science coursework equivalent to CS 23021— Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming. Those who do not meet these specific requirements may be granted conditional admission by the Graduate Studies Committee

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Program Requirements Students who wish to pursue the Ph.D. must pass the qualifying examination at the Ph.D. level. A minor of up to 10 hours will be counted toward the completion of the degree subject to the approval of the student's advisor and the graduate studies committee. Language: reading knowledge of French, German or Russian is required for those pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics. Candidacy: This examination will be a comprehensive examination in the field of the major subject, and will be a substantially deeper test than the qualifying examination.

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Master of Arts Program for Secondary Math Teachers

The students are required to take at least 32 semester hours of graduate credit with at least 16 semester hours at the 60000 level and 22 semester hours in mathematics. The program features new graduate-level courses with advanced content directed at secondary teachers, offered in the evenings and during the summer.  If the student follows the recommended coursework path the degree would be completed in three years. The student's program is designed by an advisory committee, consisting of members of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and TLCS (Education). Through an initial interview, the advisory committee helps the student clarify his or her educational objectives and formulate a graduate program that reflects a balance among professional needs, academic training and related outside interests.   Students in the mathematics for teachers program are required to pass a final qualifying examination in general mathematics.

Recommended Coursework (3 years):

·        9 hours at TLCS (Education) at 60000 level: three 3-hour courses. 

-         Research in Mathematic Education (3 hours)

-         Seminar in Mathematics Education (3 hours)

-         Teaching Mathematics Using Computers (3 hours)

·        15 hours MATH at 50000 level:  The students are expected to pick five courses from the list below. First four courses are new graduate-level courses specially designed for the program and taught in the evenings with one class meeting a week. They are offered in the Fall and Spring on 2-year rotation basis. The remaining courses are regular departments' graduate courses appropriate for secondary teachers. At least two or three of them are usually offered during the summer.

-         Algebra for High-School Teachers I (3 hours)

-         Geometry for High-School Teachers (3 hours)

-        Analysis for High-School Teachers (3 hours)

-        Probability and Statistics for High-School Teachers (3 hours)

-         Advanced Calculus (3 hours)

-         Theory of Matrices (3 hours)

-         Linear Geometry (3 hours)

-         Euclidean/ Non-Euclidean Geometry (3 hours)

-         Intro to Scientific Computing I   (3 hours) 

-         Theory of Numbers (3 hours)

-         Graph Theory and Combinatorics  (3 hours)

·        8 hours of MATH courses at 60000 level.  Secondary Math from Advanced Perspective is a new seminar-style course to be offered every year starting Fall 2010. The course will prepare students for a Capstone Project  directed jointly by Math and Education  faculty to be completed during the summer.

-         Seminar in Mathematics Education: Secondary Math from Advanced Perspective I (3 hours)

-         Seminar in Mathematics Education:  Secondary Math from Advanced Perspective II (3 hours) (Spring 2011)

·        Capstone Project directed jointly by ED and Math faculty (2 hours)

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