# Mathematical Sciences—MS

Students can pursue a Master's Degree in Mathematical Sciences with an emphasis in discrete mathematics, pure mathematics, statistics, or applied mathematics. Applicants are not required to have an undergraduate degree in mathematics. Each concentration area has a set of required courses. Students completing a thesis qualify for a Plan A degree; a Plan B degree requires completion of a project, and a Plan C degree requires completion of course work plus passing the qualifying exams at the MS level.

## Concentrations—Core Courses and Electives

All students pursuing an MS in mathematical sciences must choose one of four concentrations.

*Note: It is important to recognize that many of these courses are offered only in alternate years. Students must plan carefully to complete the MS degree in the expected two academic years.*

## MS Plans

There are three different plans under which the MS in mathematical sciences can be earned. Regardless of the plan, students must complete the core courses in their chosen concentration (see above).

If you choose a research-based plan (Plan A or B), you should find an advisor by the end of your first semester, if possible, and no later than the end of your second semester.

If you choose Plan C, you should take Qualifying Exam no later than your second semester. Some students require more than one try to pass the exam.