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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Mathematics - MS

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Master of Science in Mathematics

M.S. in Mathematics – MS3101, MS3111

Department of Mathematics
Morton Hall 321
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring

Program Overview

A principal feature of the master’s program in mathematics is the possibility of designing a study plan to meet a student’s individual needs and interests. A master’s degree in mathematics can be used to fulfill several different goals, and the program meets this diversity of expectations in its several tracks. While the coursework varies somewhat, all tracks assure the student obtains a solid mathematical foundation and a rigorous and versatile training in analytic problem solving using mathematical tools. All tracks require at least 40 graduate credit hours and can normally be completed in two years.

Many master’s students are trained and financially supported as teaching assistants and have the opportunity to teach classes as the primary instructor. This is a full-time program. Normative time to completion is two academic years.


The Doctoral Preparation track (MS3101) is for students intending to continue to a doctoral program here or at another university.

The Applied track (MS3101) is for students who wish to use mathematics for careers in government or industry, or to pursue a doctoral degree in a field other than mathematics. Students develop skills in the formulation, analysis, and solution of mathematical models valuable for a variety of application areas.

The Computational track (MS3111) is for students who wish to use mathematics for careers in government or industry, with an emphasis on algorithms and software.

The General track (MS3101) is for students requiring more flexibility than permitted by the more specific tracks. It is important for students in this track to work with their advisor to assure their course choices prepare them for their intended career path.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will demonstrate mastery in subject materials by taking courses with PhD students.
  2. Graduates will be able to listen and analyze oral mathematical presentations involving original research results.
  3. Graduates will be able to communicate mathematical ideas and results effectively in written and oral form.
  4. Graduates will be able to conduct professional activities in an ethical manner.

Opportunities for Graduates

Depending on their track, students may continue their graduate education, work in government or industry, or teach at the college level.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/cas/math/graduate/m-s

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or closely related field with minimum grade point average (GPA) 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Core undergraduate mathematics coursework such as single and multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, and introductory statistics.
  • Upper level undergraduate mathematics coursework. No specific courses are required, but you need to demonstrate that you can succeed at courses at this level, including proof-based courses. A good model of courses to take is the Mathematics Major (B.S.) (BS3101) here.
  • Non-native English speakers must demonstrate English proficiency as specified in this graduate catalog.

For students applying to the Computational track, we also require:

  • Core undergraduate computer science coursework, such as Discrete Structures, Organization of Programming Languages, and Data Structures.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum of 40 credit hours as follows:

Hours Requirements for All Tracks

  1. All courses must be passed with at least a C grade. Cumulative GPA must be at least 3.00 for degree conferral.
  2. If a required course is equivalent to one that a student took elsewhere, they may substitute any course for which the required course is a (direct or indirect) prerequisite.
  3. A maximum of 8 credits may be from non-regular courses such as thesis, project, or independent study, subject to approval from the Graduate Chair.
  4. Only graded coursework counts toward the minimum hours requirement.
  5. Mathematics courses cross-listed with undergraduate courses numbered under 4000 will not count toward the minimum credit requirement.
  6. The following courses do not count toward the minimum hour requirement:

Doctoral Preparation Track (MS3101)

Complete the core courses in at least two of the Doctoral Examination Fields.

Applied Track (MS3101)

The following are required:

  • A minimum of 32 hours in MATH. The remaining hours may be from another department where mathematics is applied.
  • At least three mathematics courses above 5999 are required.

Computational Track

The following are required:

  • A minimum of 20 hours in mathematics.
  • A minimum of 15 hours in computer science.

General Track (MS3101)

No specific requirements beyond those applicable to all tracks.

Culminating Experience

All tracks require students to successfully complete at least three courses (min. 3 hours each) numbered above 5999 as a capstone experience. Students in MS3101 will complete this requirement with three MATH courses. Computational Track students may count courses from computer science and mathematics, with at least one from each of those fields.These courses are at the doctoral level, and require students to synthesize and apply knowledge gained through preparatory coursework.

In addition, students have the option to complete a thesis or project as part of their work.

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