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University Catalog 2011-2014 (PRINTED) 
University Catalog 2011-2014 (PRINTED) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, M.S.

The Master of Science degree in Mathematics is offered in two options. Option 1 is a flexible program that can be concentrated on pure mathematics or incorporate elements of both pure and applied mathematics. Option 2 emphasizes applied mathematics. Both options prepare the student for higher mathematical work in industry, business, or government, for teaching in a community college, and for further graduate work in the respective areas.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the University is governed by general University requirements. For admission to the MS degree program, the candidate’s preparation should be substantially equivalent to that required for a Cal State L.A. Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.

Requirements for the Degree (minimum 45 units)

A minimum of 45 units is required, with at least 23 units in 500-level courses. Students must successfully complete either comprehensive examinations or a thesis in addition to course requirements.

Comprehensive Examination or Thesis (0, 1–4 units)

A. Comprehensive Examination

Option 1: Students must pass two of the following three exams:

  • Abstract Algebra
  • Complex Analysis
  • Topology
Option 2: Students must pass two of the following three exams:

  • Applied linear analysis
  • Complex analysis
  • Numerical analysis.

Students should expect to take the comprehensive examinations (MATH 596) the quarter they complete all course work on their program and must comply with college and departmental requirements.

B. Thesis

Subject to approval by the graduate adviser, students may be permitted to do directed research with a faculty member and write a thesis in lieu of taking comprehensive examinations.

Option 1: General Mathematics (45 units)

Option 2: Applied Mathematics (45 units)

Electives (17-20 units)

Select from 400 and 500-level math courses. With graduate adviser approval, 8 units may be taken in related areas.