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Master of Arts in Mathematics

The Master of Science and Master of Arts degrees are designed to provide students with the opportunity to study graduate level mathematics so that they may

(1) obtain preferred employment in mathematics with government or industry
(2) teach at the junior college level or be better prepared to teach at the secondary school level, or
(3) continue working toward a doctor of philosophy degree.

The Master of Arts program is a broadly based program which includes a study of algebra, analysis, topology, and the foundations of mathematics.

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Academic Bulletin):

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

Total Course Requirements: 30 hours*
MAT courses, 700-level (3 hrs)
MAT courses, 600 or 700-level (21 hrs)
MAT 798-799 Research and Thesis (6 hrs)

Other Degree Requirements

An advanced course in real analysis (MAT 725).
Oral defense and examination of thesis.
  

NON-THESIS REQUIREMENTS

Total Degree Requirements: 30 hours*
MAT courses, 700-level (9 hrs)
MAT courses, 600 or 700-level (21 hrs)
 

Other Degree Requirements

An advanced course in real analysis (MAT 725).
Comprehensive examinations over coursework.
  

*All_coursework must be approved by the department graduate committee. The student must complete two two-course sequences. If the student has not completed two semesters of advanced calculus then one of the sequences must be MAT 625-626. At most one of these sequences may be a completion of a sequence that was started as an undergraduate.

Requirements for Admission:

Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Graduate Admissions). Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission to M.S. or M.A. programs are as follows:

Unconditional
• Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college with a major (or equivalent) in mathematics;
• Overall GPA of 3.0 or above in all mathematics courses beginning with the last elementary calculus course.
• Minimal GPA of 3.0 in all mathematics courses beginning with the first calculus course;
• Minimal GPA of 3.0 in all major courses; and
• If the major is in a related field (not mathematics), the student must have credit for three calculus courses (including a multivariable calculus course), a proof-based course, a matrix/linear algebra course, and a differential equations course. 

Conditional
Recommendation of the department graduate committee or
• a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college with a major in a related field and at least a 3.0 GPA in their major courses;
• Credit for three calculus courses (including a multivariable calculus course), a proof based course, and a matrix/linear algebra course with a 3.0 GPA in all mathematics courses beginning with the last elementary calculus course;
• GPA of 3.0 or above in all mathematics courses beginning with the last elementary calculus course; and
• two letters of recommendation from college teachers addressing the candidate’s ability to do mathematics graduate work.

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