May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, M.S.


A bachelor’s degree

A bachelor’s degree in mathematics, or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 upper division units in mathematics from an accredited college or university

Advancement to Candidacy

In addition to University requirements, the student must have completed all prerequisite courses listed above with no grade less than “C”. Students should file for Advancement upon completion of at least six units (and no more than nine units) on the Program of Study, with at least a 3.0 GPA. Program of study must be approved by the appropriate Graduate Advisor, and Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics or designee.


Upper Division:

A minimum of 30 graduate and approved upper-division units in mathematics including:

An additional 6 units of 500-level mathematics courses

Requirement in Geometry

Three units must be in a course designated as fulfilling the program requirement in geometry; these courses include

Complete one of the following culminating activities

(Note: In order to satisfy the culminating activity requirement (thesis, project, or comprehensive examination dependent upon the program), students must earn at least three (3) units and no more than six (6) units related to the completion of the culminating activity:

Comprehensive Exam Option

Pass a comprehensive written examination in two areas of Pure Mathematics. Specific requirements for passing of the comprehensive examinations can be found on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website at

Thesis Option

Subject to the approval of the Pure Mathematics Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, write a thesis in mathematics and defend it orally.