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    Jul 23, 2024  
American University Catalog 2018-2019 
    
American University Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics (MA)


Admission to the Program


In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for admission, applicants must have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or a related field. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. Students entering the MA program without the appropriate background are expected to take certain graduate or undergraduate courses as prerequisite work. Applicants to the General Specialization must complete MATH-603 Foundations of Mathematics (3) , prior to enrollment in the program. Applicants to the Information and Security Specialization must complete CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I (4) , MATH-221 Calculus I (4) , MATH-222 Calculus II (4) , MATH-310 Linear Algebra (3) , and STAT-302 Intermediate Statistics (3) , prior to enrollment in the program. Prerequisites may be waived for qualified persons with comparable prior education or experience.

The Information and Security Specialization is designed for students with a technical background to get both theoretical and practical training to work with complex data – how to directly manipulate data and understand the underlying theory of data analysis. Formal admission to the program requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the prerequisite classes and departmental approval.

Degree Requirements


  • 30 credit hours of approved graduate coursework including thesis or nonthesis option requirements
  • General Specialization
    • Tool of research: proficiency in Russian, German, French, or an approved computer language
    • Written comprehensive examination in mathematics
    • Capstone Experience:
      • Thesis Option: MATH-797 Master’s Thesis Research (1-6)  (6 credit hours required) and an oral defense of thesis
      • Nonthesis Option: MATH-690 Independent Study Project in Mathematics (1-6)  (3 credit hours required) on topic to be chosen in consultation with a faculty member, requiring an oral and written presentation of the research work, and 3 credit hours in approved graduate-level independent research, seminar, or research course, with all coursework completed with grades of B or better
  • Information and Security Specialization
    • Capstone Experience:
      • Thesis Option: MATH-797 Master’s Thesis Research (1-6)  (6 credit hours required) and an oral defense of thesis, and 6 credit hours of electives, with all coursework completed with grades of B or better
      • Nonthesis Option: MATH-690 Independent Study Project in Mathematics (1-6)  (3 credit hours required) on topic to be chosen in consultation with a faculty member, requiring an oral and written presentation of the research, and 9 credit hours of electives, with all coursework completed with grades of B or better

Course Requirements


Complete one of the following specializations:

General Specialization


Capstone (6 credit hours)


Complete one of the following:

Thesis Option

Nonthesis Option

Electives (12 credit hours)


  • 12 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework

Information and Security Specialization


Core (18 credit hours)


Capstone (9 credit hours)


Complete one of the following with grades of B or better:

Thesis Option

Required

Nonthesis Option