Master's in Mathematics: Plan A Requirements


Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits:

  • 14 credits in Mathematics at the 8-xxx or 5-xxx level (with graduate credit in Mathematics) - including one 8-xxx sequence from the general area in which the thesis is to be written.

  • at least 6 credits in related field(s) (either within Mathematics or in another department, 8-xxx or 5-xxx graduate level),

  • and 10 thesis credits

  • All courses on the official program must be for a grade (A/N grade basis, not S/N).

  • The GPA minimum for the M.S. course requirements is 2.8.

Graduate Degree Plan

Students must complete a Graduate Degree Plan. The Graduate Degree Plan for the Master's degree should be approved by the advisor and DGS, and filed with the Graduate School after 10 credits have been completed and at least one semester before the Final Examination.


Students must find a thesis advisor from among the School of Mathematics faculty. The DGS may assist with this, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the student.


Students may choose to minor in a subject outside of mathematics. 6 credits must be completed in that department, and meet any other requirements for that department. The program must be approved by the DGS in the minor department as well as the advisor and the DGS in the School of Mathematics.

Final Oral Exam

The Final Oral Examination is a defense of the thesis. The examining committee consists of three members. If there is an outside minor, one examiner must be from that department.


The Graduate School's Master's Thesis Formatting and Submission, outlines information about thesis formatting and submission process. For specific questions, contact by e-mail: the Director of Graduate Studies.