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Mathematics Graduate Program Requirements

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Masters of Science Degree in Mathematics

  • Complete 30 credit hours subject to the following restrictions:
  • At least 20 credit hours of course and seminar work must be earned in residence at Clarkson
  • At least 16 hours must be earned in the Department of Mathematics as courses and seminars numbered above MA 505, with at most one of these credits coming from seminar..
  • Among the courses, one course must be MA 521 Classical Complex Analysis, MA 522 Classical Real Analysis or MA 578 Numerical Analysis, and two other courses must be at the 500 or 600 level. The remainder of the coursework must be approved by the advisor in collaboration with the Graduate Committee Chair.
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 in his/her course work

Fulfill one of the following:

  • Write a thesis under the guidance of a faculty member. The thesis is to be an original or expository study of some area or problem and shall represent 6 to 10 credit hours. The topic of the thesis must be approved by the graduate committee and thesis advisor in advance. As required by University regulations, the thesis must be examined by a committee of at least three Clarkson faculty appointed by the chair of the department.
  • Pass two qualifying exams described under the requirements for the PhD degree. The choices must be approved by the student's advisor and the graduate committee.
  • Pass one exam from either of the categories (I or II) listed in the PhD requirements, plus complete a special project. A description of the proposed project must be approved in advance by the student's advisor and the graduate committee. When the project is completed, it must be approved by the graduate committee. Completion will carry 3 to 9 hours at the discretion of the student's advisor.

PhD Degree in Mathematics

  • Take at least 39 credit hours of approved course work (30 of which may be those taken for the MS degree) As required by University regulations, the course work must contain a minimum of fifteen hours in his/her major area, a minimum of nine hours in a minor area, and a minimum of six hours of work outside the department. Cross registered graduate level courses from other institutions are acceptable. The major area and minor area will be identified by the candidate's advisor and must be approved by the graduate committee.
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 in his/her course work.
  • By the end of the second semester (not including summer) every Ph.D. student must pass a General Comprehensive Exam. The purpose of this exam is to determine whether or not a student possesses the fundamental knowledge and skills to pursue Ph.D. level research and course content. The topics cover Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Probability, and Statistics. The exam is offered in August, January, and May.   By the fourth semester (summer not included) every Ph.D. student must pass two additional written Comprehensive Examinations. One exam will be from Category I and one from Category II below. The choices must be approved by the student's advisor and the graduate committee. In the event that a student has not satisfied these conditions within the time limit allowed, the student must petition the graduate committee in order to continue studies.
  • Category I: (Pure Math) Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, Sets and Topology, Numerical Analysis.
  • Category II: Matrix Theory and Computations, Partial Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, Ordinary Differential Equations, Probability and Measure Theory, or Statistics.Acquire at least six hours of seminar credit. A seminar is a course in which the student is expected to make presentations to the class. This is in addition to the minimum of 39 credit hours of approved course work in (i) above. One hour of seminar credit may be earned by either attending a regular scheduled seminar and making one presentation, or attending all colloquia for one semester and giving one presentation at an MCS Seminar (which would be scheduled during the regular colloquium time.)
  • Have made a formal presentation of a proposed thesis topic to his/her Thesis Committee (see part (vi)) within one year of passing his/her Comprehensive Exam (part iii). The topic must be acceptable to the committee
  • Write and defend (to his/her Thesis Committee) a dissertation which embodies the results of his/her original research. In association with this work, the student must obtain at least 21, but no more than 45, hours of thesis credit. The Thesis Committee consists of at least five Clarkson faculty members of whom at least one is from another department
  • Complete a total of 90 hours graduate credit. The satisfaction of these requirements will be certified by the Thesis Committee.