College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2012-2013

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics - Comprehensive Exam, Master of Science

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2013

This non-thesis advanced degree allows students to explore the discipline of mathematics by concentrating in two of four areas: analysis and topology; algebra and combinatorics; applied mathematics and dynamical systems; and actuarial and financial mathematics. As students progress through this graduate program they can develop greater proficiency in both solving and posing mathematical questions.


What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Mathematics - Comprehensive Exam?

Whether it is the beauty of a simple solution to a seemingly complex problem or the careful execution of a precise mathematical method, you're drawn to the elegance of mathematics.  You have the mix of creativity and analytical skills needed to see to the heart of a problem and address it from a new perspective. You love to see past the surface of things and understand why they work.  If you are ready to take the next step toward engaging your passion for mathematics, Northern Arizona University can help.

Through a rigorous course of study, NAU's Master's Degree in Mathematics will not only prepare you for a wide range of career options, but will also provide an excellent foundaiton for further academic pursuits in a variety of disciplines.  With faculty specializing in numerous areas of mathematics, you can choose the Thesis Option within this degree in order to experience the challenges of contemporary research in mathematics.  Whatever your future holds, you will receive rigorous training in a diverse and collaborative environment and emerge ready to tackle the challenges that await.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Higher education
  • High-tech industries
  • Government agencies
  • Insurance industry
  • Finance
  • Bio-tech industry

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Economist
  • University professor
  • Actuary
  • Operations researcher
  • Lawyer
  • Cryptographer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Computer scientist

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 34 - 38
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam is required.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 34 - 38 units:

    Select 9 units from each of two of the following Content Emphasis blocks (18 units):
  • If not taken within the Content Emphasis blocks, complete (0-6 units):Complete the following (1 unit):
    • Option A - Additional Community-College Emphasis
      • Teach a minimum of 3 units of mathematics at the college level for 4 semesters, while concurrently enrolled in the MAT 608 (1 unit) during each of the 4 semesters.
      • This teaching requirement is normally satisfied by being a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for 4 semesters.
      • Complete: MAT 595 and MAT 596
      • Take 3-9 units from the above list of elective courses, so that your total units add up to at least 38 units.
      Option B - No Additional Community-College Emphasis
      • Take 9-15 units from the above list of elective courses, so that your total units add up to at least 34 units. Substitutions may be allowed by petition to the department's Graduate Operations Committee.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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