Mathematics, M.S.

Department of Mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

The Master of Science in mathematics is designed to achieve two objectives:

  • Provide a strong program of course work in mathematics beyond the undergraduate level and
  • Be flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of student interests and backgrounds. There are no required courses in the program, but students are strongly encouraged to develop an emphasis in the courses which make up their individual plan of study; such an emphasis provides both focus and depth in the graduate experience.

Whatever their objectives in their graduate programs, students should form a close working relationship with a faculty member having similar mathematical interests as soon as possible. This will ensure good advice in planning a coherent plan of study. In addition, an advisor may be able to suggest special topics courses, independent study, or the thesis option which could all be used to pursue one's interests in greater depth.  Finally, students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematics should include a sequence in analysis and a sequence in algebra in their plans of study.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Andrew Swift, GPC

Durham Science Center (DSC) 237


Program Website:

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: July 31
  • Spring: November 30
  • Summer: April 15

Program-Specific Requirements:

For unconditional admission, an applicant should:

  1. Have completed a bachelor's degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 in mathematics courses taken.
  2. Have completed 15 credit hours of mathematics courses beyond calculus, including MATH 3230/MATH 8235 Introduction to Analysis or equivalent.
  3. Students lacking the 15 credit hours beyond calculus may be eligible for admission in a provisional or unclassified status with a deficiency to be made up in addition to the degree requirements listed.
  4. Students who satisfy the admission requirements in (1) above except for the GPA requirement may be granted provisional admission to the graduate program. They will be granted unconditional admission upon completion of 12 graduate hours with a grade of "B" or better in each course.
  5. International applicants must satisfy the graduate college's English Proficiency Examination Requirement

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

There are no required courses. Choose mathematics courses with a MATH or STAT prefix numbered 8000 or above and ending in the digit zero or six, excluding MATH 8880. At least eighteen of these hours must be in courses with a number ending in a zero digit. These eighteen hours may include three hours of independent study, MATH 8970.  Courses numbered 8xx5 will not count towards the MS degree in Mathematics. 

If the project option is chosen, the six required hours of MATH 8960 or STAT 8960 will count towards the overall credit hour total, and the required eighteen hours of courses ending in a zero digit.  

If a student chooses to add a concentration to their degree program (see below) then there will be specific courses that will be needed to be completed to fulfill the concentration requirements.  


Since there are no required courses, all courses are electives which must satisfy the requirements given above for the 36 credit hours. Up to 12 hours of graduate work electives may be taken in areas related to mathematics, physics, computer science, and economics, if permission is obtained from the Graduate Program Committee.

Exit Requirements

Comprehensive Examination


MATH 8960/STAT 8960Master's Project

1 - 6 credits

The comprehensive examination is based on three related courses (one of which must have a number ending in a zero digit) consisting of two parts. The first part is a one-week take-home examination. The second part is a 3-hour examination which may be open book, at the discretion of the instructor(s). The examination is normally taken in the student's final semester and should be scheduled well in advance of the graduate college deadlines.

A mathematical or statistical project undertaken under the supervison of both a faculty advisor and an external (industry) advisory.  The purpose of the project is for the student to work on a 'real-world' problem. The student will produce a written report and give an oral presentation of their work.  Students are required to register for 6 hours of MATH 8960 or STAT 8960.  


Students may choose (although there is no requirement to do so) to add a concentration to their Mathematics M.S. degree.  There are currently four available concentrations:

Mathematics, M.S. with Computational Mathematics Concentration

Mathematics, M.S. with Data Science Concentration

Mathematics, M.S. with Operations Research Concentration

Mathematics, M.S. with Statistics Concentration

For information about the requirements of each concentration, click on the links above.

Total Credit Hours: 36

Mathematics, M.S. Related Information:

Courses numbered 8--5 will not count towards the MS degree in Mathematics.

Graduate Assistantships:

The mathematics department annually awards graduate assistantships for work within the department. There are also several joint UNO/MCC positions where the teaching assignments are at Metropolitan Community College. All of these positions pay an annual stipend plus a waiver of tuition. For the details of the nature of the work, please visit the assistantships page of the math department website.