List of Graduate Program Requirements

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Applied, M.S., Master's Plan I (Thesis)

This plan requires 45 units of adviser-approved, graduate and upper division courses (the 100 and 200 series only) and a thesis. Students will enroll for 12 units per quarter including research, academic, and seminar units. Each of the core courses (MAT 201ABC and MAT 207ABC) must be passed with a grade of at least B. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 overall.

  1. Core Courses - 24 units total
    You must pass the following courses with a grade of at least B in each:
    MAT 201 ABC (Analysis) - 12 units total;
    MAT 207 ABC (Methods of Applied Mathematics) - 12 units total

  2. Electives - 21 units total
    Numerics: 8 units of numerics selected from MAT 226ABC (Numerical Methods) and MAT 228ABC (Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations)

    Field of Application: Minimum of 12 additional units in an applied area, such as, optimization and control, differential equations, probability and statistics, discrete mathematics, mathematical physics, mathematical biology, harmonic analysis and signal processing, etc. Out of this minimum of 12 additional units, at least one course of 3 or more units must be outside of Mathematics. For a list of sample curricula in sample fields, see the GGAM webpage and consult with potential thesis adviser.

    MAT 390: Each student who accepts a TAship in the Department of Mathematics is required to complete MAT390, which is taught every Fall quarter. Most students take this in their first year, even if they are supported by a fellowship. MAT 390 does not count toward degree units (but does count for the 12-unit minimum required for registration each quarter).

    GGAM Mini-Conference: Attendance at the annual GGAM mini-conference is required in the first or second year, for which 1 unit of 290 will be given in order to document compliance.

    Exit Seminar: MS Plan I (Thesis) students are encouraged to give a 30-60 minute presentation, open to the public, on their thesis subject. After the seminar, the student's thesis committee may meet privately with the student to discuss the contents of the thesis.

  3. Thesis
    The M.S. thesis should be: a) A scholarly piece of theoretical or experimental research; b) Rigorous in approach (design, methodology, and analysis), but not as extensive as a PhD dissertation.

Approved by Grad Studies Fall 2010.