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Degree Requirements

The MS Programs in Applied Mathematics and in Statistics


The following is only a summary of the program requirements. The authoritative source describing program rules and expectations on students is the Graduate Handbook​.

​The core requirements for an MS in Applied Mathematics are:

  • Thirty semester hours, of which at least 24 hours must be in mathematics courses numbered 5000 level or above. These courses must include Math 5718 (Applied Linear Algebra) and either Math 5070 (Applied Analysis) or Math 6131 (Real Analysis)
  • Students must complete either the requirements for the MS degree without concentration area or specific coursework requirements in one of the following areas (please see the Graduate Handbook):
  • Applied Statistics
  • Applied Probability
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Mathematics of Engineering and Science
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Operations Research
  • At most six hours may be in courses outside the Department of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences at the 4000 level or above, if prior approval is given by the student's advisor and by the Graduate Committee. However, courses taken at other universities must be at the 5000 level or above, by graduate school rules.
  • The overall grade point average must be 3.0 or higher.
  • Grades below a B- do not count towards any graduate degree (but they do contribute to the overall GPA).
  • At most nine hours of total transfer credit or nine hours earned as a non-degree student, with a grade of B- or better, may be applied toward the MS degree upon approval of the Graduate Committee. The CLAS Dean's Office must approve transfer courses, and formal paperwork must be submitted. A request for transfer courses may be made after successful completion of one semester at UCD. Courses taken at any CU campus are not considered transfer courses; however, these courses must be approved by the graduate committee to count towards the MS degree.
  • The following courses will not count toward a graduate degree in applied mathematics: MATH 5000-5010, MATH 5012-5015, MATH 5017, MATH 5198, MATH 5250 and MATH 5830.
  • All students must pass a final oral exam and complete a written project.
  • By graduate school rules, master's degree students have five years from the date of admission to complete all degree requirements.
  • Students who choose the thesis option should register for MATH 5950 (Master's Thesis) and may count 4-6 hours of this coursework toward the required 30 hours.
The following is only a summary of the program requirements. The authoritative source describing program rules and expectations on students is the Graduate Handbook​.​

     The core requirements for an MS in Statistics are:


■  Thirty semester hours of credits, which is broken into 4 components:


Component 1 requires for four core courses: MATH 5310 - Probability, MATH 5320 -         Introduction to Mathematical Statistics, MATH 5387 - Applied Regression Analysis,   

and MATH 6330 - Workshop in Statistical Consulting.


Component 2 requires three statistics electives from the following courses: MATH            5394 - Experimental Designs, MATH 6376 - Statistical Computing, MATH 6380 -              Stochastic Processes, MATH 6384 - Spatial and Functional Data Analysis, MATH              6388 - Advanced Statistical Methods for Research, MATH 7393 - Bayesian                      Statistics, MATH 7384 - Mathematical Probability, and MATH 7826 - Topics in                  Probability and Statistics.  Additional courses may be used with prior approval                from the student's advisor and the Director of Programs in Statistics.


Component 3 requires two other electives.  Any MATH course applicable to a                  graduate degree in Applied Mathematics is suitable for this purpose.  Students                continuing into the PhD program in Applied Mathematics are strongly encouraged

to take MATH 5718 (Applied Linear Algebra) and either MATH 5070 (Applied                    Analysis) or MATH 6131 (Real Analysis).


Component 4 requires the student to complete a student-centered Independent              Research Project and pass a final oral exam.  The research project is either a                  Master’s Project or a Master’s Thesis.  Students completing a Master’s Project                  should enroll in MATH 5960.  Students completing a Master’s Thesis should enroll            in MATH 5960.

      

At most six hours of the Statistics or Other Electives may be in courses                          outside  the  Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the 4000 level

or above, if prior approval is given by the student's advisor, the Director of the                Program in Statistics, and the Graduate Committee. However, courses taken at                other universities must be at the 5000 level or above, by graduate school rules.


   The overall grade point average must be 3.0 or higher. 


     Grades below a B- do not count towards any graduate degree (but they do contribute 

     to the overall GPA).


    The following courses will not count toward the MS in Statistics: MATH 5000-5010,  

     MATH 5012-5015, MATH 5017, MATH 5198, MATH 5250 and MATH 5830.


■​​    By graduate school rules, Master's degree students have five years from the date of  

    admission to complete all degree requirements.

 

Subject to approval by the Director of the Programs in Statistics and the Graduate Committee, students with prerequisite deficiencies may be admitted with the understanding that those deficiencies must be removed after admission. Courses taken to fulfill admission deficiencies may not be counted toward the graduate degree.​