M.S. in Mathematical Sciences

Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences

The Masters of Science Program in Mathematical Sciences is intended to prepare students for further studies in mathematics or to provide career advancement opportunity.

Admission

The following are in addition to the University's graduate admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, applied mathematics or mathematical sciences from an accredited university or college. A bachelor’s degree in some other discipline is also acceptable provided the applicant has sufficient mathematics background. The following courses (or equivalent courses) are required for those whose bachelor’s degrees are not in mathematics, applied mathematics or mathematical sciences: Advanced Calculus, Linear Algebra, Complex Variables and Algebraic Structures.
  • A 'B' average or higher in upper division mathematics courses.
  • Graduate Record Examination taken within the past five years, with at least 151 (based on the revised score scale) on the quantitative portion. The GRE requirement can be waived for those who have earned graduate degrees from accredited institutions. The GRE verbal portion is also required and will be considered when the admission applications are evaluated. Risk Analysis Management Track applicants are allowed to use Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) to meet the admission requirement instead of GRE. The minimum required GMAT total score is 500.
  • Three letters of recommendation concerning the candidate’s achievement and potential, from persons familiar with the candidate’s previous academic performance.
  • International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.3 overall on the IELTS is required.
  • Approval of the Graduate Committee.

Option 1

The student must complete 24 semester hours of graduate coursework. This coursework must include 5 courses from the following two lists, with at least two courses from each list.

List A

  • MAA 5406 Complex Analysis (3 credits)
  • MAA 5616 Introduction to Real Analysis (3 credits)
  • MAP 5316 Ordinary Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • MAS 5311 Graduate Algebra (3 credits)
  • MAS 5312 Galois Theory (3 credits)
  • MHF 5107 Graduate Set Theory (3 credits)
  • MHF 5306 Graduate Mathematical Logic (3 credits)
  • MHF 5325 Theory of Recursive Functions (3 credits)
  • MTG 5326 Introduction to Algebraic Topology
  • MAP 5415 Introduction to Fourier Analysis

List B

  • MAD 5405 Numerical Methods (3 credits)
  • MAP 5236 Mathematical Techniques of Operations Research (3 credits)
  • MAP 5326 Partial Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • MAP 5407 Methods of Applied Analysis (3 credits)
  • MAS 5145 Applied Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • MAP 5467 Stochastic Differential Equations
  • STA 5446 Probability Theory I
  • STA 5447 Probability Theory II

Electives

The remaining 9 hours of course work will be used to fashion a coherent program of study best suited to the student’s needs and interest. This requires the prior approval of the Graduate Committee and may be done in one or a combination of the following ways: a) Further work from lists A and B. b) A maximum of 2 courses of independent study, taken with Mathematical Sciences faculty. c) Graduate level course work in Engineering, Physics or Statistics.

Master’s Project

The student will complete his or her graduation requirements by writing an expository paper under the direction of a faculty member. The student may earn six credit hours (MAT 5970 Master’s Research) in preparing the project. Successful completion of the Master’s project requires a grade of ‘B’ or higher, as well as approval of a committee consisting of three mathematics faculty (including the director).

Remarks: The course work must be completed with a 3.0 or higher Grade Point Average (GPA) and a grade of ‘C’ or higher in each course. A maximum of six graduate semester hours may be transferred into the program from outside the University, subject to the approval of the Graduate Committee. A total of 30 credit hours is required for graduation.

Option 2

This course work must include 7 courses from List A and List B in Option 1, with at least 3 courses from each list.

Electives

Same as in Option 1.

Option 2 has no Master's Project requirement

Remarks: The course work must be completed with a 3.0 or higher Grade Point Average (GPA) and a grade of ‘C’ or higher in each course. A maximum of six graduate semester hours may be transferred into the program from outside the University, subject to the approval of the Graduate Committee. A total of 30 credit hours is required for graduation.

Graduate Application Request Form

For Graduate Assistantship please contact Zhenmin Chen 305-348-1081 or email chenzh@fiu.edu. You may also email the Mathematics Department at math@fiu.edu