Degrees & Policies
The Math Department offers both full-time and part-time programs leading to the following degrees:
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Master of Science (MS)
- Master of Science in Industrial and Applied Mathematics (MSIAM)
- Master of Science in Operations Research (MSOR)
A detailed description of these degrees and their requirements are provided on their pages. Here are some policies that apply to all of our graduate degrees.
- Nearly all graduate courses in the Mathematics department meet after 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, so that students who work during the day may take one or two courses each semester at night. Students in the part-time program may progress according to their abilities and available time, subject to the seven-year time limitation established by the University.
Special Student Status
- Students with a bachelor’s degree who are not matriculating in a degree program but would like to take a few graduate-level courses should also complete the application and must satisfy all admissions requirements, with the exception of taking the GRE. Also, students applying for special student status must submit two letters of recommendation.
- An adviser will monitor the student’s progress and advise the student on the courses to take. Any courses taken outside the department and some courses from within the department will require approval from the adviser. An adviser should assist the PhD student in finding a thesis supervisor. The thesis supervisor will act as the adviser for the student and will also guide the student through the dissertation.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Satisfactory progress means satisfying requirements in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) General Regulations and in the regulations specified in the departmental booklet. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences sets minimum standards for all students to fulfill. Departments and programs may have additional requirements that exceed those of the GSAS. Receipt of financial support administered by the GSAS is contingent on satisfactory academic progress toward the degree and on meeting department-specific guidelines. See the GSAS General Regulations for further details.