What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in Mathematics extends the student’s knowledge in the areas of algebra, real and complex analysis, applied mathematics, combinatorics, geometry, number theory, and topology. The program permits specialization in preparing for advanced study, and provides additional training for teachers of mathematics and students seeking employment in industry.

Program Requirements

The degree is available in both a non-thesis and a thesis option.

Non-thesis Option

Complete a minimum of thirty hours of approved course work

With at least twenty-four hours in mathematics, including:

A year-long course sequence selected in consultation with advisor. Credits: 6 hours

MATH 5220 - Introduction to Topology Credits: 3 hours

(with a grade of “B” or better)

Or have had the equivalent prior to entering the program.

MATH 5300 - Linear Algebra Credits: 3 hours

(with a grade of “B” or better)

Or have had the equivalent prior to entering the program.

MATH 5710 - Advanced Calculus II Credits: 3 hours

(with a grade of “B” or better)

Or have had the equivalent prior to entering the program.

MATH 6300 - Abstract Algebra I Credits: 3 hours

Either:

MATH 6700 - Real Analysis I Credits: 3 hours

OR

MATH 6760 - Complex Analysis Credits: 3 hours

Thesis Option

Complete a minimum of twenty-four hours of approved course work

With all twenty-four hours in mathematics, including:

A year-long course sequence selected in consultation with advisor. Credits: 6 hours

MATH 5220 - Introduction to Topology Credits: 3 hours

(with a grade of “B” or better)

Or have had the equivalent prior to entering the program.

MATH 5300 - Linear Algebra Credits: 3 hours

(with a grade of “B” or better)

Or have had the equivalent prior to entering the program.

MATH 5710 - Advanced Calculus II Credits: 3 hours

(with a grade of “B” or better)

Or have had the equivalent prior to entering the program.

MATH 6300 - Abstract Algebra I Credits: 3 hours

Either:

MATH 6700 - Real Analysis I Credits: 3 hours

OR

MATH 6760 - Complex Analysis Credits: 3 hours

A student must successfully complete and defend an M.A. thesis.

MATH 7000 - Master’s Thesis Credits: 1 to 6 hours

(Credits: 6 hours needed)

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 hours)

Tuition fees
US$13,244.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

Western Michigan University,

1903 W Michigan Ave,

KALAMAZOO,

Michigan,

49008, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours in economics or in equivalents approved by the graduate advisor. Intermediate level courses on microeconomics and macroeconomics. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be admitted with conditions and be required to complete ECON 4030 (Intermediate Microeconomics) and ECON 4060 (Intermediate Macroeconomics) with a B or higher in each.

For international students

To gain admission to this program the student must have completed, with satisfactory grades, an undergraduate major in mathematics. This major must ordinarily include a course in modern algebra and a course in advanced calculus or real analysis.

Minimum English proficiency test scores:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80 iBT

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6.5
Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 54

Michigan English Test (MET): 57

Application deadlines:

Fall: February 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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