Master of Science Degree in Mathematics


The MS degree in Mathematics is offered in two options.
Option 1 is a flexible program that can be concentrated
on pure mathematics or incorporate elements of both pure and applied
mathematics. Option 2 emphasizes applied mathematics.
Both options prepare the student for higher mathematical work in industry, business,
or government, for teaching in a community college, and for further
graduate work in the respective areas.

Admission to the Program
Admission is governed by general University requirements for
admission to graduate study (a bachelor degree and a
GPA Â³
2.5 in the last 90 units). Neither the GRE nor recommendation
letters are needed. To become a classified MS student in
Mathematics, the candidateÂs baccalaureate preparation should be
substantially equivalent to a CSULA Bachelor Degree in Mathematics.


Requirements for the Degree
A minimum of 45 units is required, with at least 25 in 500level
courses. Students must complete comprehensive examinations or a
thesis in addition to course requirements.
Option 1: General Mathematics (45 units)
Required Courses (21 units)
Math 530 Topology (4)
Math 540AB Abstract Algebra (4, 4)
Math 559 Mathematical Exposition (1)
Math 562 Advanced Complex Analysis (4)
Math 580 Real Analysis (4) or
Math 591 Functional Analysis (4)
Electives (4 units Â select a seminar)
Math 550, 551, 552, or 553
Electives (20 units)
Select from 400 and 500level courses with graduate adviser approval.
Comprehensive Examination
Exams must be passed in 3 of 4 areas: topology, algebra, complex
analysis, real analysis.
Option 2: Applied Mathematics (45 units)
Required Courses (29 units)
Math 502AB Applied Linear Analysis (4, 4)
Math 520 Calculus of Variations (4)
Math 521 Models and Optimizations (4)
Math 559 Mathematical Exposition (1)
Math 562 Advanced Complex Analysis (4)
Math 570AB Advanced Numerical Analysis (4, 4)
Electives (16 units)
Select 400 and 500level courses with graduate adviser approval.
At least 4 units must be 500 level.
Comprehensive Examination
Exams must be passed in 3 areas: linear analysis, complex
analysis, numerical analysis.

