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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Mathematics (MTH)
with a Concentration in Pure and Applied (PAA)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 27.0101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics Department (MTH)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CMC342
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Brian Curtin
Phone: 813-974-4929
Email: bcurtin@usf.edu

Website: http://www.math.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The MA in Mathematics offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics provides the experience and knowledge to understand and appreciate prior accomplishments in the discipline and develop the skills necessary for a meaningful contribution to the intellectual advancement and applications of the discipline. It prepares its graduates to pursue long-term careers in their field by providing solid and cutting edge knowledge, as well as a technical education enabling them to take on leading positions in a modern economy.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in mathematical sciences or related area.
  • At least a 55th percentile Quantitative score on the GRE; Verbal and Analytic Writing scores on the GRE are also considered.
  • At least a 3.00 GPA in undergraduate math courses, and specifically in the following courses or their equivalents: Elementary Abstract Algebra, Bridge to Abstract Mathematics, and Intermediate Analysis.
  • Three letters of recommendation (two of which should be from college level mathematics/statistics professors).
  • A completed math department application form, including a statement of goals.
  • A completed departmental graduate teaching assistantship application form (if such a position is desired).

The Graduate Admissions Committee may provisionally admit applicants from other majors to the Master's Program if they meet the GPA requirement.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 hours
Core courses 9 hours
Sequence Courses 12 hours minimum
Electives 3-9 hours minimum
Thesis (for students electing this option) 6 hours minimum

Core Courses 9 hours minimum
All students in the Mathematics MA program must take the following core courses:
MAA 5306 3Introduction to Real Analysis
MAS 5145 3Advanced Linear Algebra
MAE 5177 3Teaching College Mathematics (Proposed course)

Sequences of Courses 12 hours minimum
The program offers coherent pairs/triples of courses, referred to as sequences, to ensure a certain balance of breadth and depth of disciplinary knowledge. The student must complete one Fundamental sequence and a total of two sequences from among the Fundamental and Elective Sequences with at least a 3.0 average in each sequence. Fundamental Sequences prepare students for Fundamental Qualifying Examinations. A student who passes a Fundamental Qualifying Examination at Ph.D. level will be considered to have completed the corresponding Fundamental Sequence. Each course may count towards only one Sequence.

Fundamental Sequences:
Algebra: MAS 5311 Algebra I
MAS 6312 Algebra II

Analysis:MAA 5306 Introduction to Real Analysis (taken as a core requirement)
MAA 5307 Real Analysis I
MAA 6616 Real Analysis II

Topology:MTG 5316 Topology I
MTG 6317 Topology II

Elective Sequences
Applied Mathematics: one ofMAP 5407 Methods of Applied Mathematics
MAP 5345 Applied Partial Differential Equations
one ofMAA 5405 Applied Complex Analysis
MAT 5932 Selected Topics (Numerical Analysis)
one of MAP 6205 Control Theory and Optimization
MAT 6932 Selected Topics (Dynamical Systems II)

Combinatorics: MAD 6206 Combinatorics I
MAD 6207 Combinatorics II

Complex Analysis:MAA 6406 Complex Analysis I
MAA 6407 Complex Analysis II

Differential GeometryMTG 6256 Differential Geometry I
MTG 6257 Differential Geometry II (Proposed course)

Dynamical Systems:MAT 5932 Selected Topics (Dynamical Systems I)
MAT 6932 Selected Topics (Dynamical Systems II)

Functional Analysis:MAA 6506 Functional Analysis I
MAA 6507 Functional Analysis II

Nonlinear Analysis: MAP 5316 Ordinary Differential Equations I
MAP 5317 Ordinary Differential Equations II

Partial Differential Equations: MAP 5345 Applied Partial Differential Equations
MAP 6356 Partial Differential Equations

Theory of Computing: MAD 6616 Theory of Computing
MAD 6510 Analysis of Algorithms

All sequences for the Statistics Ph.D. Concentration are also Elective Sequences for the Pure and Applied Concentration.

Electives 3 hours minimum
Students select graduate course electives in consultation with their advisor.

Independent Study, Graduate Seminar, and Directed Research
Prior to passing two Fundamental Qualifying Examinations at Ph.D. level, students may not earn credit toward the MA or Ph.D. degrees for MAT 6908 Independent Study, MAT 6939 Graduate Seminar, and MAT 6911 / 7912 Directed Research, although they make take these course with the approval of the Concentration Graduate Director. Students must obtain the approval of the Seminar Organizer to take credit hours of MAT 6939 Graduate Seminar.

External Coursework
Graduate coursework taken from other departments may be accepted toward the minimum number of credits with prior approval from the Concentration Graduate Director.

Qualifying Exam
A qualifying examination based on a Core Sequence is called a Core Qualifying Examination. The syllabus for each examination is available from the Department. Core Qualifying Examinations are offered in January, May and September.

Comprehensive Exam
Each candidate for the M.A. degree must either successfully defend a thesis or pass one of the written Core Qualifying Examinations (the Exam option). For the student who elects the Thesis Option, the Comprehensive Examination takes the form of an oral thesis defense, in which the candidate must demonstrate knowledge of the general subject area of the thesis. For the student who elects the Exam Option, the Comprehensive Examination is passed by passing one of the Core Qualifying Examinations at M.A. level or better. A student may repeat each examination once.

Thesis 6 hours
A student who elects the Thesis Option must register for a minimum of six (6) credit hours in MAT 6971, only six (6) hours of which may be applied toward the 30-hour degree requirement.

Accelerated Major Option:
This program is designed for superior students having a solid background in high school mathematics and the abilityto handle a fast paced, challenging program leading to a B.A. in Mathematics and M.A. in Mathematics in four to fiveyears.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

MAS5107, MAS5311, MAS5312, MAA5306, MAA5307, MAA6616, STA5326, STA6326, MTG5316, MTG5317, MAP5407, MAP5345, MAA5405, MAT5932, MAD4401, MAP6205, MAT6932, MAD6206, MAD6207, MAA6406, MAA6407, STA5166, STA6167, MAT5932, MAT5932, MHF5306, MHF6307, STA6208, STA6356, MAP5316, MAD6207, MAP6336,