Master of Science in Mathematics
The MS in Mathematics is designed to enhance and enrich training in the field of mathematics for persons who teach at the secondary level or in community colleges, and to provide a rigorous depth and breadth of mathematical study for people who plan to work as applied mathematicians in industry or government agencies, as well as those who wish to continue their studies at the doctoral level. The department offers the Master of Science degree with thesis and non-thesis tracks.
Students should have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or related field. Those lacking the appropriate background will be required to complete leveling work. The departmental graduate advisor in consultation with the mathematics faculty will review the student's transcript and determine if leveling work is needed. Leveling requirements generally include the following courses:
- MATH 120, 209, 306, 311, 332, 333, 409, 432
The departmental graduate advisor will assist the student in selecting a graduate committee. The committee should consist of a minimum of three members, at least two of whom are from the graduate faculty of the Department of Mathematics. The third may be chosen from the graduate faculty of a department in which the student takes supportive graduate course work.
Master of Science in Mathematics
|MATH 505||Statistical Models||3|
|MATH 508||Abstract Algebra||3|
|MATH 520||Real Analysis||3|
|MATH 550||Linear Algebra||3|
|MATH 598||Research Analysis||1|
|11 hours from 500-level MATH courses except MATH 588 and MATH 599||11|
|6 hours from 500-level MATH courses in a supporting field 1||6|
These remaining hours may include 6 hours of MATH 588 or MATH 599. If the thesis track is chosen, the chair of the student's graduate committee will direct the master's thesis.
The department requires an oral comprehensive examination for the MS degree. The comprehensive examination will be administered by the student's graduate committee during the last semester of the program. The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies or a representative from the Graduate Office will be invited to participate in the oral examination. If the result of the oral comprehensive examination is less than satisfactory, additional course work in areas of weakness may be recommended before rescheduling the examination.
Accelerated Master of Science in Mathematics Program (5-year BS to MS)
The Accelerated MS Program allows talented undergraduates at Tarleton State University an opportunity to complete the requirements for the MS degree at an accelerated pace. Selected undergraduate students may begin taking graduate courses during their junior year, earning 6 to 12 graduate mathematics hours (500-Level) that can be counted toward both the BS in Mathematics and the MS in Mathematics degree (see additional required courses for a BS in Mathematics under the accelerated master’s option for more details). Courses may be selected from Math 501, 505, 506, 508, 509, 511, 512, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 570, 571, 573, 575, 576, 577, 578, 579, 580, 586, and 590.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all graduate work taken as an undergraduate student.
Thus students will earn a non-thesis MS degree in the same field within 12 months of completing the BS degree or obtain a thesis-based MS degree in the same field within 18 months of completing the BS degree. All requirements for the MS must be satisfied.
Accelerated Masters Admission
Students must have a minimum accumulated grade point average of 3.5/4.0 at TSU. Students must have completed between 75 and 108 credit hours, including credits earned from advanced placement. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of two full-time semesters and 24 hours at Tarleton. Contact the Graduate Advisor for further details .
Dr. Bowen Brawner
Department of Mathematics
Mathematics Building, Room 142F
Stephenville, Texas 46402