College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2012-2013

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics, Master of Science

This advanced program of study offers students a choice between a thesis and an extended coursework This 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.

Careers

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

Through a rigorous course of study, the Master's Degree in Mathematics takes an undergraduate degree in mathematics one step further. Students select two of four concentration areas allowing them to focus on preparation for further study in pure mathematics or to select applied options for career preparation.

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.

     

Overview

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.

Details

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):
  • COMPREHENSIVE EXAM or THESIS (Select One):
      • 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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