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Master of Arts (Mathematics)

The Master of Arts in Mathematics program is intended primarily for teachers or would-be teachers of secondary and tertiary mathematics courses. This program is intended to those whose undergraduate preparation was not really a BS Mathematics degree but would like to teach, seeking a “mathematics content” (as opposed to a “teaching methods”) master’s degree program.

The MA Math program aims to provide the students:

  1. a deeper understanding in the core areas of mathematics: algebra, analysis, and geometry that will enable them to teach mathematics in high school or college.
  2. demonstration of skills in pattern recognition, generalization, critical analysis, synthesis, and problem-solving.
  3. understanding of the importance of mathematics in the modern world including inter-relationships within math and its connection to other disciplines.
  4. an appreciation of the concept and role of proof and reasoning and demonstrate knowledge in reading and writing mathematical proofs.
  5. skills in communicating mathematical ideas orally and in writing using clear and precise language.
  • Admission into the Program

    Applications for admission to the program are processed by the College of Science (more information here). Students can apply for admission during the 1st semester or 2nd semester.

    Aside from the general requirement for the master’s degree set forth by the College of Science, applicants of the MA Math program must have a bachelor’s degree with at least 9 units of calculus course.

  • Program Curriculum

    Students admitted into the MA Math program must complete 34 units of course work, including a research paper to be presented in a colloquium and a one-unit graduate seminar. Students should also pass a comprehensive examination prior to graduation. The comprehensive examination is a written examination which covers abstract and linear algebra (201 and 203), analysis (202.1 and 202.2), and a third area of choice.

    Refer to the table below for the curriculum checklist.

    First Year
    1st Semester 9 units   2nd Semester 9 units
    Math 201 3 Math 202.2 3
    Math 202.1 3 Math 203 3
    Math 205 3 Math 204 3
    Second Year
    1st Semester 9 units   2nd Semester 7 units
    Math 208 3 Math 209.2 3
    Math 209.1 3 Math Elective 3
    Math 290 3 Math 296 1
    Third Year
    1st Semester     2nd Semester  
    Comprehensive Examination (written)      

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  • Disqualification from the Program

    A student is disqualified from the program if either

    1. the student did not pass any of the courses in a particular semester;
    2. the student did not achieve a GWA of at least 2.0 during the academic year;
    3. the student did not pass the comprehensive examination twice;
    4. non-compliance with the Maximum Residence Rule; or
    5. absence without official leave (AWOL).
  • Registration Matters

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