Graduate Mathematics Program Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy  |  Master of Science  |  Master of Arts  |  International

The Mathematics Department offers graduate degree programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Master of Arts degrees in mathematics.

Doctor of Philosophy

See the timeline for detailed information about our program.

The following requirements are in addition to the general requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree as described by the Graduate School.

  1. A minimum of 36 credits must be earned in mathematics courses numbering 700 and above. Four basic sequences 733-734, 735-736, 741-742, and 761-762 or their equivalents are required.
  2. Exams:
    1. Preliminary exams
    2. Qualifying exams
  3. A proficiency in one of the languages French, German or Russian must be demonstrated.
  4. Seminar Requirement:
    It is expected that all advanced graduate students regularly attend and participate in the department colloquia and/or seminars. The intention is for the student to gain experience digesting advanced material and to be part of the mathematical community.

Master of Science

Prerequisite: A minimum of 15 credits in mathematics courses numbered 200 and above is required.


  1. A total of 30, 33, or 36 credits in approved courses must be earned, depending on whether at least 15, 12-14, or 9-11 credits, respectively, are in mathematics courses numbered 700 and above. A minimum of 24 credits must be earned in mathematics courses. At least two of the basic sequences 631-632, 633-634 and 661-662 are required.
  2. M.S. exams

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in mathematics is intended solely for teachers of secondary school mathematics.

Prerequisite: A minimum of 9 credits in mathematics courses numbered 200 and above is required.


  1. A total of 30 credits must be earned; at least 18 credits of which are in mathematics courses numbered 600 or above. These courses must include at least one of the following year-long sequences: 613-614, 615-616, 624-625, 631-632, 633-634, and 661-662. All courses from other departments must be numbered 700 or above, be pertinent to the teaching of secondary school mathematics, and be approved by the graduate committee.
  2. A three hour written examination covering the material in one of the year-long sequences listed above.

A Note to International Students

All international students whose native language is not English, including those applying for transfer from U.S. institutions, are required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test (PBT), or 213 on the computer-based test (CBT), will not be required to take any courses in English as a second language.

A cumulative score of 59 on the Reading, Writing, and Listening sections of the Internet-based test (iBT) is also acceptable. Note that the Speaking section is not included in this score.