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M.A. in Pure Mathematics

All student course programs must be approved by a faculty advisor prior to registering for classes each quarter, as well as any changes throughout the quarter. (This program is offered only under the Comprehensive Examination Plan.)

Full-time students are required to register for a minimum of twelve (12) units every quarter, eight (8) of which must be graduate-level mathematics courses taken for a letter grade only. The remaining four (4) units can be approved upper-division or graduate-level courses in mathematics-related subjects (MATH 500 may not be used to satisfy any part of this requirement).

The degree may be terminal or obtained on the way to the Ph.D. A total of forty-eight (48) units of credit are required. No units of MATH 299 (Reading and Research) may count towards this total. No more than four (4) units of any combination of MATH 295 (Special Topics) and/or MATH 500 (Apprentice Teaching) may be used.

Twenty-four (24) of the forty-eight (48) units must be graduate-level mathematics courses approved in consultation with a faculty advisor. The remaining twenty-four (24) units may contain no more than eight (8) units of upper-division mathematics courses and no more than twelve (12) units of graduate courses in a related field outside the department (approved by the Department of Mathematics).

Comprehensive Examinations

Seven (7) written departmental examinations are offered, grouped in three areas. A student must pass two examinations, one from Area 1 and one from Area 2, both with a Master's Pass or better.

Qualifying Examination Subject Areas
AREA 1 Complex Analysis
(MATH 220A-B-C)
Real Analysis
(MATH 240A-B-C)
AREA 2 Algebra
(MATH 200A-B-C)
Applied Algebra
(MATH 202A-B-C)
(MATH 290A-B-C)
AREA 3 Numerical Analysis
(MATH 270A-B-C)
(MATH 281A-B-C)

Foreign Language Requirement

There is no Foreign Language requirement for the M.A. in Pure Mathematics.

Time Limits

Full-time M.A. students are permitted seven (7) quarters in which to complete all degree requirements. While there are no written time limits for part-time students, the Department has the right to intervene and set individual deadlines if it becomes necessary.

Master's Transferring to Ph.D.

A Master's student may submit a written request to transfer into the Ph.D. program, once the qualifying exam requirements for the Ph.D. program have been met and a dissertation advisor has been selected. The advisor must submit a written statement convincing the Qualifying Exam and Appeals Committee (QEAC) that the student is comparable to excellent students directly admitted into the Ph.D. program. The number of transfers that can be approved by QEAC in any given year is extremely limited. The department does not offer support to transferred students before they have advanced to candidacy. Even after advancement, support is not guaranteed, as it depends on availability of funding. Transferring from the Master's program may require renewal of an I-20 for international students, and such students should make their financial plans accordingly. To be eligible for TA support, non-native English speakers must pass the English exam administered by the department in conjunction with the Center for Teaching Development.