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Degree Requirements

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Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Mathematics degree requires completion of Math 515 Real and Linear Analysis, two courses in one of three areas of emphasis, a prescribed number of additional graduate courses, and a culminating activity that may be a comprehensive examination, a project, or a thesis. Students interested in teaching at the advanced secondary or community college level or in transferring to a doctoral program should follow the thesis or exam options. Students interested in moving into private sector or governmental positions requiring advanced knowledge of statistics, operations research, cryptology, or scientific computing should consider the exam or project options.

General M. S. requirements as stated in Boise State University’s Graduate Catalog apply. Any transfer credits, whether from another university or from another graduate program at Boise State University, must be approved for application to the degree requirements by the supervisory committee working within constraints developed by the Mathematics Graduate Committee. A 400/500 cross-listed course cannot apply towards the degree if already taken for an undergraduate degree.

Thesis Option. The thesis option is for those students interested in research and who may want to pursue a Ph.D. in the future. It requires 30 graduate credits comprised of at least 24 course credits and 6 credits of thesis work. The thesis must be an original contribution by the student to mathematical knowledge. The student must present and defend the thesis research at a final oral examination.

Project Option. The project option is for those students interested in becoming practicing mathematical scientists in the private sector or in government. It requires 30 graduate credits comprised of at least 24 course credits, a 3 credit internship, and a 3 credit project related to the internship experience. The project must be related to the internship experience and must be presented and discussed at a public oral presentation.

Exam Option. The exam option is for students interested in advanced study of mathematics and who may want to pursue further study or teach in the future. It requires 31 credits comprised of 30 credits of course work and a one credit comprehensive exam. The comprehensive examination consists of one written three-hour exam (covering the content of MATH 514 and two courses in the student’s chosen area of emphasis) and a seminar presentation of a research report based on current literature in the student’s emphasis area.

Master of Science in Mathematics

Course Number and Title Credits
Required Core Graduate Mathematics CourseMATH 515 Real and Linear Analysis 3
One of the following areas of emphasis

  • Applied Mathematics

MATH 537 Applied Mathematics (3 cr)

MATH 566 Numerical Analysis II (3 cr)

  • Pure Mathematics

At least two of the following:

MATH 506 Advanced Algebra (3 cr)

MATH 507 Advanced Number Theory (3 cr)

MATH 509 Symmetric Key Cryptology (3 cr)

MATH 512 Advanced Topology (3 cr)

MATH 522 Set Theory (3 cr)

  • Statistics

MATH 562 Probability and Statistics (3 cr)

At least one of the following:

MATH 572 Computational Statistics (3 cr)

MATH 573 Time Series Analysis (3 cr)

MATH 574 Linear Models (3 cr)

Additional graduate courses and a culminating activity chosen from one of the following possibilities:

  • Comprehensive Examination

Seven courses totaling at least 21 credits (21 cr)

MATH 690 Master’s Comprehensive Examination (1 cr)

  • Project

Five courses totaling at least 15 credits (15 cr)

MATH 590 Practicum/Internship (3 cr)

MATH 591 Project (3 cr)

  • Thesis

Five courses totaling at least 15 credits (15 cr)

MATH 593 Thesis (6 cr)

Total 30-31


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