University of Vermont

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College of
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

MS in Mathematics

Overview

The Department offers programs towards the Master of Science, Master of Science in Teaching, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences. Students in the M.S. program can choose a major subject from among analysis, algebra, discrete mathematics and applied mathematics. Students in the MS or PhD program can pursue research with faculty specializing in classical analysis, harmonic analysis, Fourier analysis, algebra, number theory, graph theory, combinatorics, complex systems, fluid mechanics, biomathematics, differential equations, numerical analysis, and modeling.

The department offers an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) leading to a B.S. and M.S. degree in five years. Interested students should contact the department by the end of their sophomore year.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

Because of the breadth of pure and applied mathematics, it is recognized that applicants for admission will have diverse backgrounds. Admission requirements are therefore flexible. Applicants should have demonstrated strength in either pure or applied mathematics, a bachelor's degree with a major in mathematics or a closely related discipline, and satisfactory scores on the general Graduate Record Examination.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science

Each student must complete one of the following options:

  1. Twenty-four semester hours of acceptable graduate credits in advanced mathematics courses; six semester hours of thesis research culminating in a master's thesis, or
  2. Thirty semester hours of acceptable graduate credits in advanced mathematics courses; no thesis required.

Under either option students must take, or acquire the knowledge of the content in, the courses MATH 331 and MATH 333, and must satisfactorily complete at least four 300-level mathematics courses and the seminar 382. In both options students must select a major concentration from among the areas: Analysis, Algebra, Applied Mathematics, or Discrete Mathematics. The concentration shall consist of at least nine approved hours in advanced mathematics courses in the respective area, three of which must be at the 300-level; students in option b. may count the six hours of thesis credit towards these nine hours. With approval of the student's advisor up to six hours of courses outside mathematics may be used to fulfill the major or degree requirements.