The Master of Arts degree in Mathematics is offered by the Department of Mathematics. This is a two-year program designed to prepare students for positions in industry, government agencies, or business, for further graduate study at the doctoral level, and for teaching positions at the secondary or two year college level.
NOTE: An area of emphasis in mathematics, Math through Algebra I, is offered by the M.A. degree programs in Elementary Education and Secondary Education. These programs, which are offered through the College of Education and the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, are intended to meet the needs of public school teachers (K-12).
Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website: Admissions Requirements. Additional information is available about international admissions.
A Plan of Study approved by the department/program and the graduate dean must be filed in the Graduate College office before the student registers for the 12th semester hour.
For graduation, a student is required to pass at least 36 approved credit hours, of which 18 credit hours must be at the 600 level. These 18 credit hours may include Special Topics, but neither Thesis nor Independent Study. A maximum of 6 credit hours of Thesis shall count toward the 36-hour requirement. Students must pass or be exempted from each of MTH 528 (Advanced Calculus II), MTH 546 (Probability and Statistics II), and MTH 552 (Modern Algebra II). Students may choose either to write and defend an acceptable thesis or pass a comprehensive oral examination. Teaching Assistant Seminar hours do not count toward graduation.
The specific coursework requirements for the program are:
Comprehensive Oral Exam: With the approval of the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies, the student will select three graduate courses at the 600 level demonstrating a depth of knowledge in those areas of mathematics. The student will select, with the approval of the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies, a committee consisting of three faculty members. The chairman of the Oral Examination Committee must have the level of Graduate Faculty Status as determined by the Graduate College.
Applicants wishing to be considered for the Graduate/Teaching Assistantship must submit a separate application form to the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies. This application can be obtained from the Department of Mathematics or from the following link: Mathematics GA Application. The application must be accompanied by three letters of reference and a personal statement.
For complete information on graduate assistantships please see http://muwww-new.marshall.edu/graduate/graduate-assistantships-2/graduate-assistantship-overview/.
The Department of Mathematics also offers a minor in mathematics. A minor is earned by taking at least 6 credit hours in courses at the 500- or 600- level in Mathematics as approved by the student's advisor and the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies.
Dr. Peter Saveliev
Professor and Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies
Division of Mathematics
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2560
Department website: http://www.marshall.edu/math/