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Mathematics Graduate Program Requirements

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Masters of Science Degree in Mathematics

  • Complete 30 credit hours subject to the following restrictions:
    • At least 20 credit hours of course and seminar work must be earned in residence at Clarkson
    • At least 16 hours must be earned in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as courses and seminars numbered above MA 505/CS505. These courses must include: at least one of MA 521 Classical Complex Analysis, or MA 522 Classical Real Analysis; and at least one of MA 511 Algebraic Structures, or MA 514 Sets and Topology, MA 573 Matrix Theory and Computations, or MA 578 Numerical Analysis.
    • Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 in his/her course work.
  • Fulfill one of the following:
    • Write a thesis under the guidance of a faculty member. The thesis is to be an original or expository study of some area or problem and shall represent 6 to 10 credit hours. The topic of the thesis must be approved by the graduate committee and thesis advisor in advance. As required by University regulations, the thesis must be examined by a committee of at least three Clarkson faculty appointed by the chair of the department.
    • Pass two exams, one from Category I and one from another Category; the Categories are described in Section III under the requirements for the Ph.D. degree. The choices must be approved by the student's advisor and the graduate committee.
    • Pass one exam from any of the four categories listed in section III in the Ph.D. requirements, plus complete a special project. A description of the proposed project must be approved in advance by the student's advisor and the graduate committee. When the project is completed it must be approved by the graduate committee. Completion will carry 3 to 9 hours at the discretion of the student's advisor.



Ph.D. Degree in Mathematics

  • Take at least 39 credit hours of approved course work (30 of which may be those taken for the M.S. degree)

    As required by University regulations, the course work must contain a minimum of fifteen hours in his/her major area, a minimum of nine hours in a minor area, and a minimum of six hours of work outside the department. Cross registered graduate level courses from other institutions are acceptable. The major area and minor area will be identified by the candidate's advisor and must be approved by the graduate committee.
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 in his/her course work.
  • By the fourth semester (summer not included) every Ph.D. student must pass a Comprehensive Examination which consists of three (3) written examinations from no more than two of the following categories, and one exam must be from Category I. The choices must be approved by the student's advisor and the graduate committee. In the event that a student has not satisfied these conditions within the time limit allowed, they must petition the graduate committee in order to continue their studies.

    • Category I: (Pure Math) Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, Sets and Topology, Algebraic Structures.
    • Category II: (Applied/Computational Math) Numerical Analysis, Matrix Theory and Computations, Partial Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, Numerical Solution of Differential Equations and Ordinary Differential Equations preliminary exam.
    • Category III: (Probability and Statistics) Probability and Measure Theory, Mathematical Statistics, Applied Statistics. Categor
  • Acquire at least six hours of seminar credit. A seminar is a course in which the student is expected to make presentations to the class. This is in addition to the minimum of 39 credit hours of approved course work in (i) above. One hour of seminar credit may be earned by either attending a regular scheduled seminar and making one presentation, or attending all colloquia for one semester and giving one presentation at an MCS Seminar (which would be scheduled during the regular colloquium time.)
  • Have made a formal presentation of a proposed thesis topic to his/her Thesis Committee (see part (vi)) within one year of passing his/her Comprehensive Exam (part iii). The topic must be acceptable to the committee.
  • Write and defend (to his/her Thesis Committee) a dissertation which embodies the results of his/her original research. In association with this work, the student must obtain at least 21, but no more than 45, hours of thesis credit. The Thesis Committee consists of at least five Clarkson faculty members of whom at least one is from another department.
  • Complete a total of 90 hours graduate credit. The satisfaction of these requirements will be certified by the Thesis Committee.