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Mathematics, M.S.

Course Description

The Master of Science degree program in Mathematics at TTU has thesis and non-thesis tracks and offers three areas of study: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics. Students can pursue research in various fields including algebra, analysis, differential equations, topology, pure and applied statistics, numerical analysis and scientific computing. A guiding principle of the program is to provide a strong curriculum with enough flexibility to meet the needs of a wide variety of students. Many graduates of the program have successfully continued their studies at the doctoral level. Other graduates have pursued careers in education at the university or community college level, or have obtained employment in government or industry. The preferred academic background from applicants to the program is an undergraduate degree in mathematics. However, applications are welcomed from non-mathematics majors whose undergraduate degree is strongly related to mathematics.

The Department of Mathematics offers a comprehensive program leading to a Master of Science degree in Mathematics. The program of study provides suitable preparation for further study at the doctoral level or for a career in teaching, government, or industry. The moderate size of the program encourages faculty-student interaction and allows the student an opportunity to tailor a program of study based on individual background, interest, and goals. Graduate students attend a weekly Graduate Seminar and develop teaching skills through participation in the weekly Teaching Seminar.

Applied Mathematics – For students interested in ordinary and partial differential equations and numerical analysis. This concentration prepares students to pursue a doctoral degree in math, another graduate degree in engineering, or to work in industry
applying mathematics to realworld problems.

Pure Mathematics – For students looking to expand their knowledge of complex, functional and real analysis, abstract algebra, topology and graph theory and other fields. This concentration prepares students for further study or teaching positions.

Statistics – For students looking to learn statistical theory and applications that prepare them for further study or for careers in business, government or industry.

At Tennessee Tech, small class sizes mean that you get personal attention from all of your professors, not just your adviser. With more than a dozen faculty, students have many sources for information and advice, both academically and professionally. Our faculty members are active in their fields and have relationships with the National Science Foundation and other research organizations.

Graduate Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships – A limited number of teaching assistantships may be available that include paid tuition and fees along with a monthly stipend in return for work teaching undergraduates. The responsibilities of teaching assistants include (but are not limited to) assisting faculty with grading, teaching and providing help sessions for students.

As a necessary condition to be admitted to the Mathematics Graduate Program with Full Standing, and applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:
1. successful completion (at least a "C" or better) or at least on semester-long undergraduate course in abstract algebra (MATH 4010 or equivalent)
2. successful completion (at least a "C" or better) of at least two semester-long undergraduate courses in real analysis (MATH 4110-4120 or equivalent)
3. an overall undergraduate QPA of at least 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale)
4. at least 3 letters of recommendation each indicating an expectation for success in a graduate mathematics program
5. (international students only) a TOEFL score of at least 550 or an IELTS score of at least 5.5 or the attainment of level 9 in the FLS international Intensive ESL program
6. Demonstrated potential for success in a graduate mathematics program by attaining at least one of the following
*an overall undergraduate mathematics QPA of at least 3.5 (based on a 4.0 scale);
*at least a 140 verbal score, 150 quantitative score, and 3.0 analytical writing score on the GRE General Examination
*at least a 700 on the GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

Entry Requirements

See Course Description International application deadlines: October 1, 2015 for spring (January) 2016 start and May 1, 2016 for fall (August) 2016 start.

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