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Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): This is a professional research degree designed to prepare students for various advanced professional careers, including college teaching and research. Before formally becoming a candidate, a student must have training equivalent to that required for a master’s degree and must pass a qualifying examination shortly after beginning work at MU. The candidate must further complete a course of study approved by the doctoral program committee and pass a comprehensive examination. The active areas of research interest of the current members of the staff are: algebraic geometry, analysis (real, complex, functional and harmonic), analytic functions, applied mathematics, financial mathematics and mathematics of insurance, commutative rings, scattering theory, differential equations (ordinary and partial), differential geometry, dynamical systems, general relativity, mathematical physics, number theory, probabilistic analysis and topology.
Note: Effective at the start of Winter Semester 2007, there is NO foreign langauge proficiency requirement for the Mathematics PhD. However, a student's Doctoral Committee still retains the discretion to impose a foreign langauge proficiency requirement.
Mathematics Master of Arts (MA): The degree requirements include the satisfactory completion of 30 hours of approved course work, of which at least 18 hours must be at the 8000 level. Math 8250, 8420, 8425, and 8410 are required, as is either 8190 or 8090. Students are expected to make up any required deficiencies in their undergraduate training in advanced calculus and abstract algebra. Students may list no more than two of the courses 7110, 7700, 7900, 7140, 7720 and 7920 on their graduate program. Furthermore, neither 7100 nor 7510 may be listed. The successful completion of a Master's Project (Math 8190) or Master's Thesis (Math 8090) must be certified by a Master's Committee consisting of three members of the Mathematics regular faculty.
Applied Mathematics Master of Science (MS): Designed to give students training in those areas of mathematics used frequently in applications. A candidate must satisfactorily complete 30 hours of approved course work, at least 15 hours of which must be in 8000-level courses. Math 8420, 8445, 8425 and 8440 are required, as is either 8190 or 8090. At least three hours of the 30 hours must be taken outside the department. Additional requirements (some of which may be satisfied by work done as an undergraduate) include the completion of one year of advanced calculus and at least one approved course in each of the areas of linear algebra, numerical analysis and mathematical statistics or probability. Students may list no more than two of the courses 7110, 7700, 7900, 7140, 7720 and 7920 on their graduate program. Furthermore, neither 7100 nor 7510 may be listed. The successful completion of a Master's Project (Math 8190) or Master's Thesis (Math 8090) must be certified by a Master's Committee consisting of three members of the Mathematics regular faculty.
Mathematics Master of Science for Teachers (MST): This degree is designed primarily for those who want to teach mathematics at the secondary school level. A candidate for the degree must have a valid teaching certificate before entering the program and must satisfactorily complete 30 hours of approved course work. Math 8190 or Math 8090 is required. At least 15 hours must be in 8000-level courses, of which at least 9 hours must be courses from the Mathematics Department. At least two courses are required in the fields of algebra, analysis and geometry/topology. The successful completion of a Master's Project (Math 8190) or Master's Thesis (Math 8090) must be certified by a Master's Committee consisting of three members of the Mathematics regular faculty.
Note: The MU College of Education at the University of Missouri is a separate academic unit offering graduate degrees in Mathematics Education, with an emphasis on learning, teaching, and curriculum development.
DUAL MASTER'S DEGREE IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND ECONOMICS: The Departments of Mathematics and Economics offer selected students the option of obtaining a dual M.S. degree in applied mathematics and an M.A. degree in economics within an integrated program. Students enrolled in the dual master’s degree program may obtain degrees based on 48 credit hours of course work. In each degree field a minimum of 18 hours of graduate courses is required.
The students are required to take from the Department of
Mathematics two of the following core courses: Math 8440,
8445, 8480; and choose 4 more elective courses from the following list:
7140, 7300, 7310, 7320, 7500, 7520, 7700, 7900, 8425, 8440,
8445, 8480, 8680. (In appropriate situations, comparable course may be
substituted with the approval of the advisor and Director of Graduate
The students are required to take from the Department of Economics
the following core courses:
8451, 8453, 8472 (8451 may be replaced by 9451 and 8453 by 9453 for
students who satisfy the prerequisites of these 9000 level classes.);
from the department of Statistics: Stat 7710; two elective courses from
the following list of Economics classes: 7311, 7312 , 7315, 7316, 7322
, 7325, 7326 , 7329, 7340, 7355 , 7360, 7367 ,7368 ,7370 , 7371, 8001,
8085, 8090, 9xxx (excluding 9413, 9090 and 9480).
In addition, students are required to take the following shared
8000-level graduate courses: Math 8090, Math
8420 Econ 8413, Econ 8473. and to complete an M.A. paper in economics (normally undertaken in Economics
8413) and a master’s project in mathematics (Math 8090). Students are encouraged to undertake a single project
that will satisfy both requirements. It is expected that the project will contain substantial work done in each field.
Up to 8 hours of transfer credit may be applied as follows: to one
of the two degree programs, or divided between
the two degree programs. The 8 hours of transfer credits cannot be applied to each degree program separately.
Click here for more detailed information from the Department of Economics website.
DUAL MASTER'S DEGREE IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: (August 2011: This program is currently under review by the Mathematics Department) The Departments of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering offer selected students the option of obtaining a dual M.S. degree in applied mathematics and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering within an integrated program. Students enrolled in the dual master’s degree program may obtain degrees based on 48 credit hours of course work. In each degree field a minimum of 18 hours of graduate course work is required.
The following two courses from the Department of Mathematics are required: Math 8420 and 8440. In addition, four of the following elective courses are required: Math 7940, 7300, 7310, 7500, 7700, 7900, 7560, 7320, 7520, 7140, 8445, 8425, 8470, 8441, 8648, 8703.
The students are required to take the following courses from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: 18 credit hours of courses numbered 7XXX or 8XXX exclusive of ECE 4990, ECE 4970, ECE 4980, ECE 8085, and ECE 8990. None of the Math courses taken in the MS-Math degree can be included in this group of courses. Courses must be taken in at least two of the areas of specialization of the ECE graduate curriculum. At least nine hours of credit must be taken in the ECE department. At least one of these courses must be at the 8000-level. The courses must form a cohesive program of study chosen with the approval of an advisor.
In addition, students are required to take the following shared 8000-level graduate courses: Math 8XXX Elective, Math 8090 Master’s Project, ECE 8XXX Elective, ECE 8990 Research. Students are required to undertake a single master’s project that will satisfy the requirements for Math 8090 and ECE 8990.