The M.A. degree in Mathematics emphasizes practical aspects of
the field. Students may enroll in any of these graduate programs on a part-time
Complete List Courses (5000+ are Graduate)
Applicants must meet the general graduate
admission requirements of the Graduate
School, described in the UMSL catalog
. Students are considered for admission to the graduate program in Mathematics
only after they have formally applied for admission through the
School. Applications may be completed on-line
or submitted by traditional means. Additional Requirements are listed below.
Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in mathematics or in a field
with significant mathematical content. Examples of such fields include computer
science, economics, engineering and physics. An applicant's record should
demonstrate superior achievement in undergraduate mathematics.
Students must also have completed mathematics courses equivalent to the
following U.M.-St. Louis courses:
A student missing some of the above requirements may be admitted on restricted
status if there is a strong supportive evidence in other areas. The student
will have to take the missing courses, or demonstrate proficiency to the
satisfaction of the Graduate Director. Special regulations of the Graduate
School applying to students while they are on restricted status are described
in the UM-St. Louis Bulletin.
Candidates for the M.A. degree must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of
graduate coursework (numbered 4000 or above). At least 15 hours must be in
courses or seminars numbered 5000 or above. These courses constitute an area
of expertice in either Pure or Applied Mathematics. Graduate students are
expected to maintain a 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale. All courses numbered below
5000 must be completed with grades of at least B.
The courses taken must include those listed below in group (A),
together with additional courses discussed in (B).
Student who have already completed courses equivalent to those in (A)
may substitute other courses numbered above 4000.
All substitutions of courses for those listed in (A)
require the prior approval of the Graduate Director.
- Mathematics 4100 Real Analysis I
- Mathematics 4160 Complex Analysis I
- Mathematics 4450 Linear Algebra
Master's candidates must also complete fifteen hours of
coursework numbered above the 5000 level, chosen with the
prior approval of the Graduate Director.
Courses may be chosen to develop expertise in either pure or applied
Part of this requirement may (but is not required to be) consist of an M.A.
thesis written under the direction of a faculty member in the Department of
Mathematics and Computer Science. A student who wishes to write a thesis should
enroll in 6 hours of Mathematics 6900, M.A. Thesis. Students writing a thesis must
defend their thesis in an oral exam administered by a committee of three
department members which includes the thesis director. Microfilming of the
thesis by UMI is required.
All work for the Master's degree must be completed within 6 years after the
first graduate course enrollment. The final two thirds of the courses must
be completed in residence at UM-St. Louis. This restricts the number of
transfer credits from other graduate programs to a maximum of 9 hours.
For further information about our Graduate Degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, financial aid, and the regulations of the Graduate School,
see our page on advanced degrees.