Master of Science in Mathematics
The Master of Science degree program is designed to provide a broad and in-depth background and prepare the student for further study at the doctoral level or for an industrial or academic career.
For full admission to the M.S. degree program in mathematics, the applicant must have completed all requirements for a bachelor's degree in mathematics at an accredited institution. The applicant should have a grade point average of at least 3.0 over the last two years of undergraduate work and have taken the Graduate Record Examination, achieving at least the 50th percentile on the quantitative part of the general aptitude test. The student should have completed course work in modern algebra, differential equations, advanced calculus, and introductory analysis. Applicants not fully meeting these requirements may be allowed to make up deficiencies at ISU.
Two 600-level sequences are required. The department routinely offers the following sequences:
MATH 625-626 Real Analysis 6 cr
MATH 627-628 Complex Analysis 6 cr
MATH 631-632 Abstract Algebra 6 cr
MATH 641-642 Numerical Analysis 6 cr
MATH 662-663 Differential Equations 6 cr
MATH 671-672 Topology 6 cr
Of the remaining 18 credits at least 12 must be taken in graduate mathematics and at most 6 may, subject to departmental approval, be chosen from graduate courses in other disciplines. The student must complete a written examination in one of the two required sequences, and must pass a final oral examination which is intended to verify satisfactory understanding of the major field. Each student's program must be approved by the departmental graduate committee.