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# Masters degree: Traditional Track

This option
provides a solid mathematical background, roughly
comparable to the first two years of a doctoral program, possibly complemented
with some classes outside the department. This option is primarily
aimed both at those students who contemplate continuing on into the
Ph.D. program, or to those planning to pursue a teaching career in 4
year colleges.
## Requirements:

## Thesis Option

- Requires a minimum of 32 credit hours, with at least 21 credit hours in mathematics (excluding MATH 691 credits).
- The core courses must include two sequences selected from the
following:
- MATH 607, 608 (Real Analysis);
- MATH 609, 610 (Numerical Analysis);
- MATH 611, 612 (Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations);
- MATH 613, 626 or 627, 630 (Graph Theory/Number Theory/Combinatorics;
choose two courses out of the three options);
- MATH 617, 618 (Complex Analysis);
- MATH 622, 623 (Differential Geometry);
- MATH 636, 637 (Topology);
- MATH 641, 642 (Analysis for Applications I and II);
- MATH 653, 654 (Algebra).

- Each student must write a thesis. A maximum of 6 credit hours of
MATH 691 (Research) may be included in the degree plan for this purpose.
- Students with a GPR of 3.5 or above for course work on the degree
plan may petition for exemption from the final exam.

## Non-Thesis Option

- Requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, with at least 24 credit
hours in mathematics.
- The core courses must include two sequences selected from the
following:
- MATH 607, 608 (Real Analysis);
- MATH 609, 610 (Numerical Analysis);
- MATH 611, 612 (Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations);
- MATH 613, 626 or 627, 630 (Graph Theory/Number Theory/Combinatorics;
choose two courses out of the three options);
- MATH 617, 618 (Complex Analysis);
- MATH 622, 623 (Differential Geometry);
- MATH 636, 637 (Topology);
- MATH 641, 642 (Analysis for Applications I and II);
- MATH 653, 654 (Algebra).

- No student for this degree can be exempt from the final
examination.