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Graduate Programs

The graduate program aims to give thorough training to the student in one or more areas of mathematics, to stimulate independent thinking, and to provide an apprenticeship in development of creative research. Such training prepares the student for employment in a high school, a junior college, 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.Students have access to powerful software packages. Many courses include computer applications.

The course offerings are generally in Commerce, Texas. In addition, some classes are transmitted via distance-education mechanisms to remote sites. 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.

Programs of Graduate Work

Graduate work in mathematics leading to the master’s degree is offered with an emphasis in algebra, analysis, 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 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).

Master of Science or Master of Arts Degree in Mathematics

Option I (10 courses, Thesis)

The courses to be selected from the following as prescribed:

  1. At least four courses including one sequence from: 501-502; 511-512; 538-539; 543-544.
  2. At most four courses from: 517, 531, 537, 561, 564, 565, 580, 597.
  3. 518—Thesis, (6 hrs).

Option II (12 courses, Non-Thesis)

The courses to be selected from the following as prescribed:

  1. A core of at least eight courses in mathematics, including 595, with a minimum of four courses, including at least one sequence from: 501-502; 511-512; 538-539; 543-544.
  2. The remaining four graduate electives may be selected in math from those courses not used in the core, or from courses outside of mathematics with the approval of the mathematics department.
  3. Math 529 may not be used.

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, 531, 537, 538, 539, 543, 544, 561, 597; 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
B.A., M.S., University of North Texas; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.

Farhad T. Aslan, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Midwestern University; M.S., University of North Texas; Ph.D., Texas Christian University.

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

Hasan Coskun, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Middle East Technical University; M.S., Stevens Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Texas A&M University.

Charles Dorsett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of North Texas.

Yelin Ou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Guangxi University for Nationalities, P.R. China;
M.S., University of Oklahoma; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
Nikolay Sirakov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Math and Computer Science
B.S., M.S., Sofia University; Ph.D., Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Tingxiu Wang, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Shandong University;
M.S., Southern Illinois University; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University.
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