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Research Hours Policy

Master of Science (M.S.) Students

  1. M.S. students who are completing a master's project should register for one hour of MATH 8920 during their last semester in the program.
  2. M.S. students who are completing a master's thesis should register for a total of six hours of Math 8910 during their last two semesters in the program.
  3. In very rare circumstances an M.S. student may be allowed to register for Math 9700 (independent study) hours. This will be evaluated by the graduate coordinator on a case by case basis.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Students

Ph.D. students begin the program with an allowance of zero research hours per semester. As students demonstrate maturity by passing certain milestones in the Ph.D. program this allowance is increased as follows.

  1. When a student completes the three required prelims his or her research hours allowance is increased by three hours per semester.
  2. When a student completes the Ph.D. breadth requirement his or her research hours allowance is increased by three hours per semester.
  3. When a student completes his or her comprehensive oral exam his or her research hours allowance is increased by three hours per semester.