Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The recipient of a PhD degree will have demonstrated that he or she can successfully perform original research in a specific mathematical area. To receive this degree, a student must maintain a B average over 72 credit hours of course work and pass departmental preliminary and comprehensive examinations. However, the defining requirement for this degree is the writing of a dissertation embodying a substantial piece of original mathematical research.
Master of Arts and Master of Science
The main requirements for these degrees are the maintenance of a B average in course work and the passing of a Master of Arts oral exam or the writing of a Master of Science thesis. Although it does not have to be as extensive or original as a PhD dissertation, a Master of Science thesis should clearly demonstrate the student's mastery of the chosen topic. The number of courses and the flexibility in choosing the courses depend on the specific program. The Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees require 24 credits, whereas the Master of Arts in applied math requires 30 credits.