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Masters of Arts

The M.A. degree program is a flexible program which may be designed to prepare for entry into the job market or for further study in a variety of fields such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, applied mathematics, operations research, economics or finance. Formal programs are offered in pure mathematics, statistics, and scientific computation. Programs of study are based on a required core area supplemented by a combination of elective course work in mathematics, statistics or scientific computation.

Program Requirements for the Pure Mathematics track:

  1. A two-semester sequence in Algebra (MATH 6330-6340) and a two-semester sequence in Analysis (MATH 6650-6660);
  2. Completion of at least 30 semester hours of graduate level course work in mathematics and statistics, 18 hours of which must be at the 600-level or higher;
  3. Completion of a Master's thesis (counting for up to six credit hours) or successful completion of a written comprehensive examination based on MATH 6330-6340 and MATH 6650-6660.

Program Requirements for the Statistics track:

  1. A one-semester course in Analysis (MATH 5650 or MATH 6650) and a two-semester sequence in Statistics (MATH 6410-6420);
  2. Two approved statistics courses from departmental offerings;
  3. Completion of at least 30 hours of graduate level course work in mathematics and statistics;
  4. Completion of a Master's thesis or successful completion of a written examination on MATH 6410-6420 and a topic course.

The department currently does not have a graduate program in actuarial sciences, students interested in the Actuarial Sciences are encouraged to visit http://personal.bgsu.edu/~mrizzo/actuarial.htm for up-to-date information.

Program Requirements for the Scientific Computation track:

  1. A one-semester course in Analysis (MATH 6650), and a two-semester sequence in Scientific Computation (MATH 6180-6200);
  2. A two-semester sequence in Applied Mathematics (MATH 5390 and MATH 6680);
  3.  A total of at least 30 hours of graduate level course work, including cognate courses;
  4. Successful completion of a Master's thesis or passing a comprehensive examination on MATH 6650-6680 and MATH 6180-6200.

Masters of Science in Applied Statistics

The M.S. in Applied Statistics degree is offered jointly by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Applied Statistics and Operations Research. The intent of the program is to prepare the student for direct entry into a career as a statistician in business, industry or government.

Program Requirements

  1. Courses in sampling, experimental design and regression analysis (STAT 5020, STAT 5060-5080);
  2. A two-semester sequence course in Statistics (MATH 6410-6420);
  3. At least three approved courses from the offerings of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Applied Statistics and Operation Research.
  4. A least one three-hour course at the 5000 or 6000 level offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the Fall and Spring semesters.
  5. A six-hour cognate in an approved area of application of statistics;Successful completion of a Master's thesis, or passing a comprehensive examination on mathematical statistics (MATH 6410-6420) and applied statistics (STAT 5020, STAT 5060, STAT 5080) with the completion of STAT 6750.

Masters of Arts in Teaching in Mathematics

The MAT degree program is designed for students who plan a teaching career in the public schools, at a community college, or at a small four-year liberal arts school. Admission to the program requires a current teaching license or certificate from the State of Ohio or one of the other United States. The program provides a large amount of flexibility so that each individual student can pursue his/her particular career objectives. Coursework involves graduate courses in mathematics, graduate courses in education, and optionally, graduate-level courses in other departments such as computer science, physics, or operations research.

Choice of courses is to be made upon consultation with the student's advisor. If the student has career aspirations of working with remedial mathematics students at the college level, he/she may wish to pursue some curriculum courses. If the student wishes to become chair of a large mathematics department in a high school, he/she may wish to pursue additional mathematics courses, computer science courses, methodology courses, and supervision courses. Choices of mathematics courses are left up to the advisor and student; statistics, actuarial mathematics, linear algebra, real analysis, numerical analysis, algebra, history of mathematics, history of calculus, and differential equations are possibilities.

Program Requirements

1.       A total of 35 semester hours of graduate level courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, including:

  • At least 27 hours of graduate courses including MATH 6280, Topics in Mathematics Education.   These hours must include four core courses chosen from among MATH 5010-5020, MATH 5110, MATH 5470, and MATH 6020-6030.  The core courses chosen must contain either MATH 6020 or MATH 6030 (or both).

  • 8 hours in professional education, including EDCI 6460.

  • MATH 5850-5860, MATH 5900, MATH 5910-5920, MATH 6800, MATH 6810, MATH 6830, MATH 6850, MATH 6940-6950, MATH 6970, MATH 6990, MATH 7360, MATH 7440, MATH 7470, MATH 7680-7690, and GRAD 6000 do NOT count toward degree credit, although MATH 5900, MATH 5910-5920, and GRAD 6000 are required for Teaching Assistant (TA).

2.       Writing a research paper and successfully passing a written comprehensive examination.  The comprehensive exam is based on the choice of any two core courses which must include either MATH 6020 or MATH 6030 (or both).

Graduate Courses

Descriptions of all graduate courses can be found by browsing the course catalog at http://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/courses-and-classes/class-course-information.html.

Graduate courses offered by the Department of Math and Statistics use the prefix: MATH