Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mathematics (M.S.)

Program:  Master of Science (M.S.)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

Kettler Hall 200 ~ 260-481-6233

Peter D. Dragnev, Chair
W. Douglas Weakley, Graduate Program Director

The M.S. degree in Mathematics is the appropriate program if:

  1. You are, or plan to be, employed in a position in business or industry that requires significant proficiency in mathematics or statistics, or
  2. You wish to earn HLC certification as a secondary school teacher, or
  3. You wish to enter a doctoral program in mathematics or statistics.

Upon completion of the M.S. in Mathematics degree:

  • Students will master fundamental concepts across core areas in the mathematical sciences, with emphasis on at least one area including analysis, linear algebra, and applied statistics.
  • Students will develop expertise in reading, analyzing, and constructing mathematical and statistical arguments.
  • Students will learn to solve problems, use, and interpret appropriate models, and identify limitations of models.
  • Students will learn to effectively communicate technical mathematics and statistics, orally and in writing, at a level appropriate to the intended audience.
  • Students will have command of current software and technological resources useful in math and statistics, with a breadth of knowledge helpful in mastering future resources. 

To qualify for admission, you should have a background in mathematics that includes multivariate calculus and linear algebra; coursework in analysis, differential equations, discrete mathematics, or abstract algebra will be helpful.

Academic Regulations

In addition to satisfying regulations that apply to all Purdue University graduate students, you must earn at least a grade of B- in each course used to satisfy degree requirements. However, your advisory committee may agree to accept up to two courses in which you earn grades of C.

Teaching Assistantships

A limited number of half-time teaching assistantships (with the title graduate aide) are available and provide tuition reduction and a stipend. Contact the department chair for details.

Program Delivery

  • This program is available on-campus and on-line.

Program Requirements:

Additional Courses: Credits 18

Credits in additional courses are approved by your advisory committee.  The courses are to be selected from graduate–level courses in mathematics or statistics, but may include courses from computer science, engineering, physics or business appropriate for your emphasis.

Total Minimum Credits: 30

Student Responsibility

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study.    All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the Graduate Director.