Graduate Program

The graduate program aims, through instruction in one more areas of mathematics, to stimulate independent thinking and to provide an apprenticeship in the development of creative research. Such training prepares the student for employment in a high school, a junior college, or a four-year college, continued study of mathematics at the doctoral level, or in one of the many non-academic areas in which mathematicians work. Since many courses include computer applications, students will have access to powerful software packages.

The course offerings are generally in Commerce, Texas. In addition, some classes are transmitted via distance-education mechanisms to remote sites and some are online. We also provide math courses for those seeking a Master’s degree in a degree program offered by the College of Education and Human Services. Many of these math courses are offered at our Mesquite campus.

The following is an overview of programs and admission requirements. For more information, please check the Graduate Q&A.

PROGRAMS OF GRADUATE WORK

Graduate work in mathematics leading to the master’s degree is offered with an emphasis in actuarial science, algebra, analysis, biological mathematics, combinatorics, coding theory, differential equations, differential geometry, image analysis and processing, or probability-statistics, in addition to many special topics offerings.

Emphases for secondary and middle school teachers are specially planned to meet their individual and particular objectives.

A student may also select courses leading to a minor in applied mathematics.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students entering the M.S. or M.A. program for a career in higher education, professional work, or further advanced study in mathematics must meet the background requirements which include the calculus sequence, discrete mathematics, and at least two upper level undergraduate mathematics courses from the areas of algebra, analysis, topology, statistics, and probability.

Secondary mathematics teachers and other students entering the master’s degree program with goals other than as a professional mathematician or advanced study in mathematics should have an undergraduate minor in mathematics, that is, Calculus I, II, and III, and three advanced math courses.

Acceptance will be based on admission to the Graduate School, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), undergraduate grade point average, and mathematics background (as outlined above).Any questions can be addressed to the department head of mathematics.


MASTER OF SCIENCE OR MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN MATHEMATICS

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Option I (10 courses, Thesis)
The courses to be selected from the following as prescribed:

  1. Core courses. At least four courses including one sequence from: Math 501-502; 511-512; 522-523; 538-539; 543-544.
  2. Track courses. At most four courses from: 515, 517, 532, 533, 536, 537, 546, 561, 563, 569, 580, 597 (approval by the math department).
  3. 518—Thesis, (6 hrs).
  4. A comprehensive exam as outlined here.

Option II (12 courses, Non-Thesis)
The courses to be selected from the following as prescribed:

  1. Core courses. Four courses including one sequence from: Math 501-502; 511-512; 522-523; 538-539; 543-544.
  2. Track courses. Three courses from: 515, 517, 532, 533, 536, 537, 546, 561, 563, 569, 580, 597(approval by the math department).
  3. Electives, 12 credit hours. Any graduate courses offered by the mathematics department, or courses outside of mathematics with the approval of the mathematics department.
  4. Research Project (3 credit hours): Math 595
  5. Math 529 may not be used.
  6. A comprehensive exam as outlined here.

Minor in Applied Mathematics

Satisfactory completion of four to six of the following courses will meet requirements for a minor in mathematics: Math 501, 502, 511, 512, 515, 517, 522, 523, 531, 532, 533, 536, 537, 538, 539, 543, 544, 546, 561, 563, 569, 597 (approval by the math department); Phys 517.

Note: The Department reserves the right to suspend from the program any student, who in the judgment of a duly constituted departmental committee, does not meet the professional expectations of the field.

Graduate Mathematics Courses

GRADUATE MATHEMATICS FACULTY

Stuart Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Thomas Boucher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Texas A&M University College Station

Mehmet Celik, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Texas A&M University College Station

Hasan Coskun, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Texas A&M University College Station

Rebecca Dibbs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado

Minchul Kang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN

Yelin Ou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Padmapani Seneviratne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Clemson University-South Carolina

Nikolay Sirakov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Math and Computer Science
Ph.D., Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Tingxiu Wang, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head of Mathematics
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University