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The M.A. in Mathematics

Detailed information concerning the requirements for the M.A. in Mathematics can be found in the Graduate Catalog. See in particular

Talented USF undergraduates who are interested in earning both a B.A. and an M.A. in Mathematics at the University of South Florida are encouraged to apply to the 5-Year BA/MA Program in their Junior year.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the M.A. Program in Mathematics at the University of South Florida should satisfy the following requirements:

  • bachelor degree or equivalent in mathematical sciences or a related area
  • minimum score of 151 (650 old scale) on the Quantitative portion of the GRE General Test
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in undergraduate Mathematics courses

It is recommended that students take undergraduate courses equivalent to MAA 4211 — Intermediate Analysis and MAS 4301 — Elementary Abstract Algebra.

Coursework Requirements

Students must meet graduation requirements in USF Tampa Graduate Catalog from the Office of Graduate Studies. Please see the Graduate Catalog. An M.A. in Mathematics requires satisfactory completion 30 credit hours of graduate coursework. The average GPA for these courses must be at least 3.0. In addition, the student must take (at least) two sequences from among the Core and Elective sequences. The average GPA for each of the two sequences must be at least 3.0.

The Core course sequences are:


Core
Coures
Sequences
Algebra
  • MAS 5107 — Advanced Linear Algebra
  • MAS 5311 — Algebra I
  • MAS 5312 — Algebra II
Real
Analysis
  • MAA 5306 — Introduction to Real Analysis
  • MAA 5307 — Real Analysis I
  • MAA 6616 — Real Analysis II
Topology
  • MTG 5316 — Topology I
  • MTG 5317 — Topology II

For a list of the Elective course sequences, please consult the Graduate Program Director or refer to pgs. 224-225 of the Graduate Course Catalog.

Degree Options

Students seeking an M.A. in Mathematics have an option of either passing a Qualifying Exam on material covered in a Core sequence (see above) or writing a Master's Thesis.

Exam Option

  • The student must pass, at the Master's level or better, a Qualifying Exam on material covered in one of the Core sequences. Material covered on the Core Qualifying Exams is outlined in Syllabi.

Thesis Option

  • The student must take at least 6 hours in MAT 6971 (Master's Thesis), only 6 hours of which can be counted toward the 30-hour requirement. The student must meet the requirements for the Final Oral Examination and the Final Submission of the Thesis.

Note: If you are preparing your thesis in LaTeX, the files contained here are correct as of July 2013.

Suggested M.A. Course Programs

The course program shown below is only a suggestion. Please consult the Graduate Program Director or your Advisor for other possibilities that may better fit your background and interests. The Graduate Program Coordinator can help you with all necessary paperwork.

How to read the following list:

  • Core Sequence A-I/A-II, B-I/B-II, C-I/C-II refer to the pairs of course sequence courses
    Algebra I/Algebra II, Real Analysis I/Real Analysis II, and Topology I/Topology II.
  • Elective X means an elective course which may or may not be part of an elective sequence. Electives may be offered as Selected Topics Courses (MAT 5932, MAT 6932).

Year 1

Both
Options
Fall
  • Core Sequence A-I (3 cr. hrs.)
  • MAS 5107 — Advanced Linear Algebra (3 cr. hrs.)
  • Elective 1 (3 cr. hrs.)
  • International Students only: A course emphasizing spoken English
Spring
  • Core Sequence A-II (3 cr. hrs.)
  • Elective 2 (3 cr. hrs.)
  • Elective 3 (3 cr. hrs.)
Summer
  • Elective 4 (3 cr. hrs.) (if offered)

Year 2

Exam
Option
Fall
  • Take Core Qualifying Exam A in September.
  • Core Sequence B-I (3 cr. hrs.)
  • Core Sequence C-I (3 cr. hrs.)
  • Graduate Seminar * (3 (0) cr. hrs.)
Spring
  • Core Sequence B-II (3 cr. hrs.)
  • Core Sequence C-II (3 cr. hrs.)
  • Graduate Seminar * (3 (0) cr. hrs.)
  • Apply for Graduation
The requirements for the M.A. in Mathematics will be met once an Exam is passed at the M.A. level and 30 hours of coursework are completed, including two sequences, with GPA of at least 3.0.

Year 2

Thesis
Option
Fall
  • Core Sequence B-I (3 cr. hrs.)
  • MAT 6971 — Master’s Thesis (3 cr. hrs.)
  • Graduate Seminar * (3 (0) cr. hrs.)
Spring
  • Core Sequence B-II (3 cr. hrs.)
  • MAT 6971 — Master’s Thesis (3 cr. hrs.)
  • Apply for Graduation
  • Defend Thesis and submit for approval
The requirements for the M.A. in Mathematics will be met once the thesis is approved and 30 hours of coursework are completed, including two sequences, with GPA of at least 3.0.
* * The courses MAT 6908 — Independent Study and MAT 6939 — Graduate Seminar can be taken with approval from the Graduate Program Director, and, for MAT 6939, the Seminar Organizer. However, credit hours from MAT 6908 and MAT 6939 that are earned prior to passing two Core Qualifying Exams at the Ph.D. level cannot count toward the M.A. or Ph.D. degree.