College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2012-2013
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, Master of Science
What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Mathematics?
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Higher education
- High-tech industries
- Government agencies
- Insurance industry
- Bio-tech industry
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- University professor
- Operations researcher
- Computer scientist
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.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||34 - 38|
|Thesis||Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Comprehensive Exam||Comprehensive Exam may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Oral Defense||Oral Defense may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Research||Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
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):
COMPREHENSIVE EXAM or THESIS (Select One):
Electives. Fulfill the remainder of your unit requirements, as dictated by your choice of Option A or Option B (below). With your advisor's guidance, choose from the following list of courses:
- MAT 511, MAT 516, MAT 526, MAT 531, MAT 535, MAT 542, MAT 562, MAT 563, MAT 565, MAT 567, MAT 612, MAT 618, MAT 632, MAT 641, MAT 661, MAT 665, MAT 667, MAT 685, MAT 690, MAT 697
- STA 570, STA 571, STA 572, STA 574, STA 575, STA 673, STA 674, STA 675, STA 676, STA 685, STA 697
- Comprehensive Exam
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.
- 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.
- Option A - Additional Community-College Emphasis
Electives. Selected with your advisor's guidance from the following (6-12 units):
- STA 570, STA 571, STA 572, STA 574, STA 575, STA 673, STA 674, STA 675, STA 676, STA 685, and STA 697
- MAT 699, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis. Please note: You may end up taking more than the 6 units of thesis credit you can count toward your degree because you must register for it each semester while you are working on your thesis. (6 units)
- Have a mathematics faculty member serve as your thesis advisor
- Get your research committee's approval of your specific thesis plan
- Perform satisfactorily on an oral defense of the thesis conducted by your research 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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