May 16, 2022  
University Catalog 2021-2022 
    
University Catalog 2021-2022

Mathematics, M.S.


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Program Overivew

The Master of Science degree in Mathematics prepares the students for teaching in a community college, for enrolling in a Ph.D. program, and for higher mathematical work in industry, business, and government.

Admission to the Program

In addition to submitting a University Admissions Application through Cal State Apply, applicants must also apply separately to the Department. Application forms are available in the Department of Mathematics or on the Department’s website. Completed applications and unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (except Cal State L.A.) must be received by the Department before action on admission can be taken.   Official transcripts need to be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office, before the deadline.  Please visit the Admission Office Office website for deadlines.

 

   

Admission Requirements

1.  Completion of the equivalent of an undergraduate major in mathematics (see Department website for a list of required courses).

2.  A minimum GPA requirement of 2.75.  Students with GPA between 2.5 and 2.74 might be admitted conditionally and be required to take qualifying courses (to be specified by the graduate advisor).

Classified Status

Before taking courses counted towards the master’s degree students must be in classified graduate status. In order to attain classified graduate status, a minimum B grade in each MATH 4550 MATH 4650  and MATH 4570  (or equivalent courses at other institutions) is required.  Conditionally admitted (unclassified) graduate students must complete these requirements within two semesters of being admitted.

Requirements for the Degree (30 units)


A minimum of 30 units is required, with at least 15 units in 5000-level courses. Students must successfully complete either comprehensive examinations or a thesis in addition to course requirements.

Electives (12 or 15 units)


Students selecting the Comprehensive Examination for the culminating experience must select 15 units of electives from the following courses, not already taken to satisfy the required core.

Students selecting the Thesis for the culminating experience must select 12 units of electives from the following courses, not already taken to satisfy the required core.

Requirements for Culminating Experience (0 or 3 units)


Select one course. Students who elect the Thesis course (MATH 5990 ), may be permitted, in compliance with departmental policy (see department website), to do directed research with a faculty member and write a thesis in lieu of taking comprehensive examinations, and may reduce their elective units by the number of thesis units completed.

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