## Our Mission

The mission of our Master of Science in mathematical sciences program is to prepare and train the next generation of mathematical scientists. M.S. students will familiarize themselves with a broad base of mathematical techniques from many areas of the mathematical sciences. They will be involved in a significant research project and will be taught to effectively disseminate their findings through written publication and oral presentation. Upon receiving the M.S. degree these students will be competent in a broad array of mathematical science techniques and will be effective communicators and teachers of basic mathematical sciences.

## Program Structure

The M.S. program is structured to introduce the student to many areas of the mathematical sciences and develop deep knowledge in the student's chosen area of specialization.

#### Prerequisites

Entering students are expected to have basic courses in linear algebra, differential equations, a computer language, and statistics, and foundational courses in advanced calculus (or real analysis), modern abstract algebra and probability.

#### Breadth* *

The M.S. breadth requirement consists of six graduate courses: one from each of algebra, analysis, computing, operations research, statistics, and one additional course in operations research or statistics.

#### Concentration* *

In addition, six courses are selected to define an identifiable concentration area.

#### Research and Dissemination of Results

As a means of integrating the student's program of diverse study, a master's project must be completed by the end of the second year. The student makes an oral and written presentation of the master's degree project.

#### M.S. Thesis Option

A student can opt to complete a M.S. thesis instead of the written M.S. project described above. If the student chooses this option then two of the concentration courses will be replaced with six hours of M.S. research.