Master of Science

Total: 32 semester hours.

  • The purpose of this program is to offer students who hold a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a related field an opportunity to broaden their knowledge in the several fields of mathematics and its applications. The program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in business, industry, or government, or for the PhD program in mathematics.

Areas of Specialization

Pure Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, Applied Analysis 

Course Requirements

Eight 4-semester-hour graduate courses are required for the degree. To qualify for the degree, students must obtain a minimum cumulative average of 3.000, equivalent to a grade of B. Required courses for different specializations vary.

Concentration: Pure Mathematics

7 Required: Algebra 1, Analysis 1, Algebra 2, Analysis 2, Topology 1, Combinatorial Analysis/Representation Theory, Geometry 1/Algebraic Geometry. 1 Elective: Algebra 3, Geometry 2, Topology 2, or an advanced course in Analysis.

Concentration: Discrete Mathematics

7 Required: Algebra 1, Analysis 1, Algebra 2, Probability 1, Combinatorial Analysis, Discrete & Computational Geometry, Graph Theory. 1 Elective: Topology 1 or Probability 2. 

Concentration: Probability/Statistics 

7 Required: Algebra 1, Analysis 1, Analysis 2, Probability 1, Probability 2, Mathematical Statistics, Applied Statistics. 1 Elective: Regression, ANOVA and Design; Topics in Statistics; Nonparametric Methods in Statistics; or Time Series.

Concentration: Applied Analysis

7 Required: Algebra 1, Analysis 1, Analysis 2, Algebra 2, ODE 1, PDE 1, Numerical Analysis. 1 Elective: advanced course in Analysis or Geometry 1.

  • Thesis Options for All Master’s Programs

At the end of their first year in the program, students in the master’s-level programs may choose the option of a Master’s Degree with Thesis. A student with the master’s thesis option should register for a master’s thesis course with the supervisor during one of the semesters of the final year of the student’s master’s program. The written thesis may present original research or an original approach to a problem, or it can be expository in nature. After the supervisor’s approval, the thesis will be reviewed by a referee. The student will make an oral presentation of the thesis before a committee of three faculty members, including the supervisor and the referee. A letter grade (A, B, or F) will be given for the thesis after the presentation. For students enrolled in the Northeastern MS degree program to be considered for admission to the PhD program, they must pass a series of qualifying exams (see the description of the PhD program).