**Graduate
Studies**
## **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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