The nature of the Master of Science in Mathematics degree is the advanced study of mathematical concepts appropriate for individuals who wish to teach mathematics in college level positions not requiring the doctoral degree. This program is not intended for individuals seeking state licensure to teach mathematics in grades 7-12. It is appropriate, however, for individuals seeking credentialing to teach college-level mathematics courses as part of a dual credit course program in a high school. The curriculum includes 36 hours of study across the 5000 and 6000 levels. In addition, each student will complete a culminating, applied research project that integrates the curriculum and applies it to an appropriate area of study determined by the students and their faculty advisors.
Admission to the program will occur once a year for the summer term. Thus, applications will be accepted and reviewed only once a year, with the deadline for applications on February 15.
An application packet must include:
- Completed application
- Appropriate application fee
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Resume or CV
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement/professional goals
Applicants will have to meet the requirements for admission into graduate school along with the program requirements listed below:
- A Bachelor’s degree in mathematics or related field from an accredited institution
- Courses in calculus up to, and including, Multivariable Calculus
- A semester in linear algebra or matrix algebra
- An Introduction to proof or proof-intensive course such as analysis
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Ability to attend on-campus classes
- Access to, and competency in, the use of technology
- Internet access
- Proficiency in web-based communication
Due to the blended nature of this program, it is important that candidates can demonstrate the ability to access the online portion of the courses, as well as attend the bi-weekly on-campus classes. The personal statement will be used to determine the candidate’s commitment to the completion of the program, ability to attend the on-campus classes, and competency in the use of technology.
Students that have not taken the appropriate mathematics pre-requisite courses may be conditionally accepted while they work to make up their deficiencies. The assessment of applicants will depend on their personal statement, letters of recommendation, grades, quality of courses and programs, and other academic records submitted by the applicant.
Applications will be screened for completeness and fulfillment of minimum requirements by the graduate director. The review of applicants will be completed by the graduate committee by March 20.