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Graduate Studies

M.S. in Mathematics

Contact:

Kettler Hall 200   260-481-6225
Peter D. Dragnev, Chair
W. Douglas Weakley, Graduate Program Director

The M.S. degree in Mathematics is the appropriate program if:

  1. You are, or plan to be, employed in a position in business or industry that requires significant proficiency in mathematics or statistics, or
  2. You wish to earn HLC certification as a secondary school teacher, or
  3. You wish to enter a doctoral program in mathematics or statistics.

To qualify for admission, you should have a background in mathematics that includes multivariate calculus and linear algebra; coursework in analysis, differential equations, discrete mathematics, or abstract algebra will be helpful.

Academic Regulations

In addition to satisfying regulations that apply to all Purdue University graduate students, you must earn at least a grade of B in each course
used to satisfy degree requirements. However, your advisory committee may agree to accept up to two courses in which you earn grades of C.

Teaching Assistantships

A limited number of half-time teaching assistantships (with the title graduate aide) are available and provide tuition reduction and a stipend. Contact the department chair for details.

Program Requirements

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • MA 51100 - Linear Algebra with Applications (3 cr.)
  • MA 54000 - Analysis I (3 cr.)
  • STAT 51900 - Introduction to Probability (3 cr.)
  • Choose at least one additional course from the following list:
    • MA 512 - Introduction to Optimization Problems (3 cr.)
    • MA 52500 - Introduction to Complex Analysis (3 cr.)
    • STAT 52800 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (3 cr.)

Additional Courses (18 credits)

Credits in additional courses are approved by your advisory committee. The courses are to be selected from graduate–level courses in mathematics or statistics, but may include courses from computer science, engineering, physics or business appropriate for your emphasis.

Total Minimum Credits: 30

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the Graduate Director.