College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2012-2013

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics - Thesis, Master of Science

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

This thesis-based 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 - Thesis?

You understand and appreciate the beauty of mathematics. You relish equations, love the challenge of formulating a problem, and enjoy the satisfaction of finding a solution. If you’re ready to take the next step toward engaging your passion for mathematics, Northern Arizona University can help.

As you know, mathematics is a profession in its own right, but it’s also an essential tool in countless career fields – from physical and social science to business, engineering, and marketing. Government and industry employers need skilled mathematicians for operations research, numerical analysis, simulation and modeling, data analysis, market research, and commercial surveys. Here, you will receive rigorous training in a diverse and collaborative environment. And you will emerge ready to tackle the challenges that await.

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 37
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Thesis Thesis is required.
Oral Defense Oral Defense is required.
Research Individualized research is required.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 37 units:

    Select 9 units from each of two of the following Content Emphasis blocks (18 units):
  • 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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