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MS in Mathematics Degree Requirements

General requirements

See the current Graduate Catalog section on Degree Requirements for general items.

Course 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, as well as a prescribed number of additional graduate courses.
View the MS in Mathematics course requirements

Transfer credits, whether from another university or from another graduate program at Boise State University, must be approved by the supervisory committee using guidelines developed by the Mathematics Graduate Committee. A 4xx/5xx dual-listed course cannot apply towards the degree if already taken for an undergraduate degree.

Culminating Activities

The MS in Mathematics additionally requires a culminating activity, which is either a thesis, project, or exam. Students interested in teaching at the advanced secondary or community college level, or in research and PhD programs, 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 project or exam options.

Thesis option

The Thesis option 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 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.

Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive Examination consists of one written three-hour exam (covering the content of MATH 515 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.