Master of Science in Mathematics

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 ³ 2.5 in the last 90 units). Neither the GRE nor recommendation letters are needed. To become a classified MS student in Mathematics, the candidate’s 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 500-level 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 – select a seminar)
    Math 550, 551, 552, or 553

Electives (20 units)
    Select from 400 and 500-level 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 500-level 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.