Master of Science in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics is soliciting applications for study in our graduate program. The department offers courses of study and research leading to the degree of Master of Science. This comprehensive two-year degree can be tailored to prepare a student for further study in mathematics at the doctoral level or for employment in industry.

Support is available at the level of $13,000 per nine month period with the possibility of additional summer support for highly qualified candidates. Lamar University's tuition and course fees are well below the state average and the Golden Triangle region has a low cost of living. Potential duties include grading for faculty, working in our computing and tutoring laboratories, teaching under the direction of a faculty member, and full responsibility for a class for those students who have completed eighteen hours of graduate study in mathematics.

The department supports a wide range of courses and yet remains small enough for students to receive individual attention from faculty. Our graduate students have a real sense of community. Despite the fact that the faculty is filled with accomplished researchers, the department places the welfare and teaching of students at the heart of its efforts. Our graduate faculty members have interests in complex analysis, computability theory, graph theory, integration theory, Lie algebras, logic, modeling, numerical analysis, numerical differential equations, probability, statistics, and symmetric spaces in addition the foundational fields of algebra, analysis, and topology. In addition, we have faculty members who have joint appointments between our department and the Department of Professional Pedagogy.

Undergraduate students majoring in mathematical sciences or other sciences (like engineering, physics or computer science) with a strong interest in mathematics are encouraged to apply for admission to our graduate program. Undergraduates may be eligible for the Fast Track BS/MS Option described in detail on the Undergraduate Degrees page. People who already hold undergraduate degrees in mathematics or other sciences are also encouraged to apply.

Please consult our catalog for exact requirements for a graduate degree or come over to the Mathematics Department (Lucas 200) to speak with a mathematics advisor.

We also offer a Fast Track BS/MS degree.

Admission to the Program

In order to be admitted to the Graduate Degree Program, a student must have:

  1. Met the general requirements as set forth in this catalog for admission to Lamar's College of Graduate Studies.
  2. Earned a bachelor's degree from an institution approved by a recognized accrediting agency.
  3. Achieved the standards of a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last sixty hours of undergraduate work and a minimum GRE combined score of 290. Non-native English speakers must have successfully completed the IELTS.
  4. Successfully completed no fewer than 27 semester hours of undergraduate mathematics including courses equivalent or comparable to the following: abstract algebra, analysis, differential equations, linear algebra and statistics, 12 hours of which must be at the junior and/or senior level. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may still be admitted conditionally and be required to make up missing coursework as prescribed by the department. A GPA of 3.0 for assigned deficiency/leveling courses must be maintained and grades below "C" will not be accepted.

Final approval as to what course work is acceptable toward admission to the graduate degree program lies with the graduate advisor and the department chair. 

Admission to Candidacy

In order to be admitted to candidacy a student must

  1. Successfully complete 12 semester hours of approved graduate work in mathematics.
  2. Remove all deficiencies in mathematics designated by the Graduate Advisor and the Department Chair.
  3. Satisfy the general Admission to Candidacy requirements as set forth in this catalog.

Completion of the Program

In order to complete the M.S. program, a student must

  1.  Take the Advanced Mathematics section of the Graduate Record Examination and have the score reported to the Graduate Advisor.
  2. Complete one of the two following programs:
    1. At least 24 hours of graduate course work, a written thesis acceptable to the student’s graduate committee, and a satisfactory oral defense of the thesis before the graduate committee.
    2. At least 36 hours of graduate course work and successfully pass an examination over the course work prepared by the student’s graduate committee.
  3. Include at least three courses from among the following:  MATH 5310 Theory of Functions of Real Variables, MATH 5312 Complex Variables or 5350 Complex Variables, MATH 5320 Modern Algebra, MATH 5340 Topology.