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Mathematics & Statistics

Mathematics (MA)

Offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for admission, applicants must have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or a related field. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. Students entering the MA program without the appropriate background are expected to take certain undergraduate courses as prerequisite work.

The Information and Security track is designed for students with a technical background to get both theoretical and practical training to work with complex data -- how to directly manipulate data and understand the underlying theory of data analysis. Formal admission to the program requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the prerequisite classes and departmental approval.

Prerequisites

Note: Prerequisites may be waived for qualified persons with comparable prior education or experience.

General Track

Information and Security Track

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credit hours of approved graduate coursework including thesis or nonthesis option requirements
  • General Track
    • Tool of research: proficiency in Russian, German, French, or an approved computer language
    • Written comprehensive examination in mathematics
    • Capstone Experience:
      • Thesis Option: MATH-797 Master's Thesis Research (1-6) (6 credit hours required) and an oral defense of thesis.
      • Nonthesis Option: MATH-690 Independent Study Project in Mathematics (1-6) (3 credit hours required) on topic to be chosen in consultation with a faculty member, requiring an oral and written presentation of the research work, and 3 credit hours in approved graduate-level independent research, seminar, or research course, with all coursework completed with grades of B or better
  • Information and Security Track
    • Capstone Experience:
      • Thesis Option: MATH-797 Master's Thesis Research (1-6) (6 credit hours required) and an oral defense of thesis, and 6 credit hours of electives, with all coursework completed with grades of B or better
      • Nonthesis Option: MATH-690 Independent Study Project in Mathematics (1-6) (3 credit hours required) on topic to be chosen in consultation with a faculty member, requiring an oral and written presentation of the research, and 9 credit hours of electives, with all coursework completed with grades of B or better

Course Requirements

Complete one of the following tracks:

General Track

Core (12 credit hours)

Capstone Experience (6 credit hours)

Complete one of the following options:

Thesis Option
Nonthesis Option

Electives (12 credit hours)

  • 12 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework

Information and Security Track

Core (18 credit hours)

Information Security Policy Elective (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours with grade of B or better from the following:

Capstone Experience (9 credit hours)

Complete one of the following options:

Thesis Option
Required
Electives

Complete 3 credit hours with grade of B or better from the following or other graduate statistics course approved by program director:

Nonthesis Option
Required
Electives

Complete 6 credit hours with grades of B or better from the following or other graduate statistics courses approved by program director:


Requirements for Forthcoming Information & Security Track

(Coming fall 2017)


Core Courses (18 Credit Hours)

(1) MATH-603 Foundations of Mathematics or MATH-620 Intro to Analysis.
(2) MATH-631 Information theory
(3) MATH-616 Cryptography
(4) MATH/CSC-660 Tools of Scientific Computing
(5) MATH-665 Numerical Analysis
(6) STAT-618 Bayesian Statistics


6 credits of electives

6 credit hours at the graduate level subject to department approval, 3 of which can be internship.

Possible electives include
STAT-601 Advanced Probability and Statistics

  • MATH-601 Harmonic Analysis
  • MATH-615 Number Theory
  • MATH-650 Complex Analysis
  • MATH-651 Partial Differential Equations
  • MATH-691 Internship

Tool of Research

  • Proficiency in an approved computer language

Written Comprehensive Exam


Master's Capstone Experience

Choose one of the following two options:

(1) Master's Thesis Option

  • Math-797 Master's Thesis Research (6) and an oral defense of the thesis
  • One course from the following

    SIS-653 National Security Strategy (3)
    SIS-681 Intelligence and Foreign Policy (3)
    SIS-684 National Security Policy
    JLC-670-675 (Various topics in counterterrorism)
    JLC-683 or 684 (Various topics in cyber intelligence)

  • 3 additional credits of electives at the graduate level subject to department approval.

(2) Master's Research Project Option

  • Math-690 Independent Study Project in Mathematics (topic to be chosen in consultation with a faculty member) requiring an oral and written presentation of the research work.
  • One course from the following

    SIS-653 National Security Strategy (3)
    SIS-681 Intelligence and Foreign Policy (3)
    SIS-684 National Security Policy
    JLC-670-675 (Various topics in counterterrorism)
    JLC-683 or 684 (Various topics in cyber intelligence)

  • 6 additional credits of electives at the graduate level subject to department approval, 3 of which may be internship.