Graduate mathematics courses: approved graduate mathematics courses include all classes numbered above 500. Temporary advisor: upon admission to the graduate program, the graduate coordinator will assign each student a temporary advisor until the student chooses a permanent one. Students should communicate with their advisors as soon as they arrive on campus.

**Requirements for Degree—Thesis Program.**

**Credit hour**s (30): minimum 24 course work hours in approved graduate mathematics with a grade of C+ or better in each and six thesis hours (Math 699R). Twelve of the course hours must be from 600-level courses. No credit is given for prerequisite courses such as Math 342 or Math 372.
**Examinations**: Each student must pass a written master’s examination consisting of two 4-hour tests, namely an algebra exam and an analysis exam, essentially covering material from Math 313; Math 371; Math 372 or Math 473 for algebra, and Math 341; Math 342; Math 352 for analysis.

These exams will be administered three times per year. Both exams must be passed within the first year of matriculation in order for financial support to continue. This means that students will have three attempts to pass these exams. With permission, however, undergraduates and other prospective graduate students may take and pass the exam early, prior to matriculation.

Exams will typically be scheduled during the week prior to the start of classes for Fall and Winter semesters, usually the last week of August and first week of January. It will also be administered in mid to late February, usually during the President’s Day weekend. It is expected that exams will be graded and returned to the students within a week. Students will be encouraged to discuss the results of the exam with their advisors to decide which classes to take.

If students do not pass both exams by the end of their first academic year, financial support will be discontinued at the end of that semester. For example, if a student fails the third attempt in February, then the student will not be financially supported in the following spring and summer terms.

**Thesis**. Each student in the program is required to write a thesis on a mathematical topic at a level well beyond what they encounter in the classroom. The master's thesis usually includes an introductory chapter that is a comprehensive survey of the literature on the student's research topic.
**Oral defense of thesis**. Upon completion of the thesis and before graduation, the student is required to give an oral presentation of his work.

**Requirements for Degree—Nonthesis Program.**

**Credit hours**: (32): minimum 30 course work hours in approved graduate mathematics, with a grade of C+ or better in each and two hours for the project (698R). Eighteen course hours must be taken from courses numbered 600 or above. No credit is given for prerequisite courses such as Math 342 or Math 372.
**Examinations**: Each student must pass a written master’s examination consisting of two 4-hour tests, namely an algebra exam and an analysis exam, essentially covering material from Math 313; Math 371; Math 372 or Math 473 for algebra, and Math 341; Math 342; Math 352 for analysis.

These exams will be administered three times per year. Both exams must be passed within the first year of matriculation in order for financial support to continue. This means that students will have three attempts to pass these exams. With permission, however, undergraduates and other prospective graduate students may take and pass the exam early, prior to matriculation.

Exams will typically be scheduled for the week prior to the start of classes for Fall and Winter semesters, usually the last week of August and first week of January. It will also be administered in mid to late February, usually during the President’s Day weekend. It is expected that exams will be graded and returned to the students within a week. Students will be encouraged to discuss the results of the exam with their advisors to decide which classes to take.

If students do not pass both exams by the end of their first academic year, financial support will be discontinued at the end of that semester. For example, if a student fails the third attempt in February, then the student will not be financially supported in the following spring and summer terms.

**Project, Paper and Presentation**: Complete a project (Math 698R) focused on an area of advanced mathematics, write a paper about the project, and present a 45-minute talk based on the paper.