Programs of Study
The University of Mississippi offers three degrees through the Graduate School--Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. The requirements for each program are listed below.
The Department offers various forms of stipends to its graduate students in the form of assistantships and fellowships. In particular, students interested in pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics should visit the GAANN Fellowship page.
Master of Arts or Master of Science
Program • The program for the master's degree in mathematics is designed to meet the needs of four groups: (1) students attracted to mathematics as a major scholarly pursuit, including students who plan eventually to work toward the doctorate in this field; (2) students preparing for the teaching of mathematics, particularly in high schools and community colleges; (3) students preparing for nonteaching professions or vocations, such as Civil Service, actuarial work, or statistical work, in which mathematics plays a principal part; (4) students who wish to supplement study in other fields with suitable courses in mathematics.
Prerequisite • The full four-semester sequence of calculus is prerequisite to all graduate courses. Prerequisite to a major graduate program is a background preparation in mathematics equivalent to the undergraduate major in the College of Liberal Arts; that is, courses through calculus, supplemented by at least 18 hours in mathematics on the higher level which is to include the advanced calculus sequence.
Foreign Language Requirement • A reading knowledge of French or German is desirable, especially for the first group named above, but is not a requirement for the master's degree.
Master of Science
A candidate for the Master of Science degree must complete 30 graduate hours, including at least two of the following three sequences: Modern Algebra (MATH 525, 526); Theory of Functions of Real Variables (MATH 653, 654); and Theory of Functions of Complex Variables (MATH 655, 656). The candidate may satisfy the 30 semester hour requirement in one of three ways: 1) 30 hours of graduate mathematics; 2) 24 hours of graduate mathematics and an approved 6-hour minor; or 3) 24 hours of graduate mathematics and an approved master's thesis.
Master of Arts
A candidate for the Master of Arts degree must complete 30 graduate hours, including the first course from five of the following seven sequences: Topology (MATH 501, 502); Modern Algebra (MATH 525, 526); Applied Probability (MATH 573, 574); Statistics (MATH 575, 576); Theory of Functions of Real Variables (MATH 653, 654); Theory of Functions of Complex Variables (MATH 655, 656); and Graph Theory (MATH 681, 682). The M.A. candidate must complete the second course in two of these sequences. The candidate may satisfy the 30 semester hour requirement in one of three ways: 1) 30 hours of graduate mathematics; 2) 24 hours of graduate mathematics and an approved 6-hour minor; or 3) 24 hours of graduate mathematics and an approved master's thesis.
Doctor of Philosophy
Requirements • An advisory committee consisting of five members of the graduate faculty will be appointed for each graduate student who declares his or her intention to become a candidate for the degree. The candidate must complete a minimum of 48 course hours of graduate work, exclusive of the dissertation. This must include the sequences Modern Algebra (MATH 525, 526); Theory of Functions of Real Variables (MATH 653, 654); and Theory of Functions of Complex Variables (MATH 655, 656). Of the 48 course hours, 36 must be in courses open only to graduate students. Reading knowledge of one foreign language is required; French, Russian, or German is recommended. This requirement may be satisfied by the completion of six hours of an undergraduate language at the sophomore level or by making an appropriate score on the Graduate School Foreign Language Test of the Educational Testing Service.
Written comprehensive exams will be administered covering the required sequences and one other approved sequence. Successful completion of these comprehensive exams is required. In addition, the candidate must satisfy the advisory committee as to the extent of the candidate's research ability and activity, as well as the suitability and excellence of course work presented. Prospective students are advised to communicate and consult freely.
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