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# Graduate program

Marshall University offers a masters degree in mathematics. The department provides graduate assistantships, which pay the stipend of $4500 per semester as well as tuition.

- Peter Saveliev, Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies (aka graduate adviser). Contact me if you have any questions about the program:

## MATHEMATICS, M.A.

Program Description

The Master of Arts degree in Mathematics is offered by the Department of Mathematics. This is a two-year program designed to prepare students for positions in industry, government agencies, or business, for further graduate study at the doctoral level, and for teaching positions at the secondary or two year college level.

NOTE: An area of emphasis in mathematics, Math through Algebra I, is offered by the M.A. degree programs in Elementary Education and Secondary Education. These programs, which are offered through the College of Education and the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, are intended to meet the needs of public school teachers (K-12).

Area of Emphasis in Statistics

An area of emphasis in statistics is offered in the Department of Mathematics. The curriculum for the Master of Arts in Mathematics with an Area of Emphasis in Statistics prepares students with a solid background in both theoretical and applied statistics for positions in industry, government agencies, or business; for further graduate student at the doctoral level, and for teaching positions at the secondary or two-year college level. (See degree requirements that follow.)

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate. In addition:

- Applicants must also submit GRE scores to Graduate Admissions. The scores are considered when awarding graduate assistantships and during initial advising.
- To ensure full consideration for admission, applicants must submit duly completed applications, including all required admission credentials to the Graduate Admissions Office at least two weeks before the beginning of the upcoming semester.
- Applicants wishing to be considered for the Graduate/Teaching Assistantship are advised to have all required credentials submitted by May 15 for the fall semester and by November 15, if admission is for the spring semester.

Degree Requirements

A Plan of Study approved by the department/program and the graduate dean must be filed in the Graduate College office before the student registers for the 12th semester hour.

For graduation, a student is required to pass at least 36 approved credit hours, of which 18 credit hours must be at the 600 level. These 18 credit hours may include Special Topics, but neither Thesis nor Independent Study. A maximum of 6 credit hours of Thesis shall count toward the 36-hour requirement. Students must pass or be exempted from each of MTH 528 – Advanced Calculus II, MTH 546 – Probability and Statistics II, and MTH 552 – Modern Algebra II. Students may choose either to write and defend an acceptable thesis or pass a comprehensive oral examination. Teaching Assistant Seminar hours do not count toward graduation.

The specific coursework requirements for the program are:

- 18 credit hours of 600-level courses, excluding Thesis and Independent Study.
- 18 additional credit hours at the 500-level or higher, which will include MTH 528, 546, and 552 unless exempted. These additional credit hours may also include an optional 6 credit hours at the 500-level or higher from another department at Marshall offering a graduate program as a minor.

Area of Emphasis in Statistics: To be awarded the M.A. in mathematics with statistics as an area of emphasis, the student must satisfy the graduation requirements specified above for the the M.A. degree in the Department of Mathematics. In addition to passing or exemption from MTH 528, MTH 546, and MTH 550, students must take and pass MTH 661 and MTH 662, neither of which may be taken as Independent Study. Students must take at least 12 credit hours of mathematics courses at the 500 level or higher, not including probability and statistics courses. A student may choose to write and defend an acceptable thesis in the area of probability or statistics, or pass a comprehensive oral examination. A student choosing to write a thesis must take no fewer than 15 credit hours not including Thesis and Independent Study in probability or statistics courses. A student opting for the comprehensive oral examination must take no fewer than 18 credit hours not including Independent Study in probability or statistics courses.

Comprehensive Oral Exam: With the approval of the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies, the student will select three graduate courses at the 600 level demonstrating a depth of knowledge in those areas of mathematics. For a student pursuing an area of emphasis in statistics, at least two of the courses must be chosen from the probability and statistics courses. The student will select, with the approval of the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies, a committee consisting of three faculty members. The chairman of the Oral Examination Committee must have the level of Graduate Faculty Status as determined by the Graduate College.

Assistantships and Financial Support

Applicants wishing to be considered for the Graduate/Teaching Assistantship must submit a separate application form to the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies. This application can be obtained from the Department of Mathematics. The application must be accompanied by three letters of reference and a personal statement.

For complete information on graduate assistantships please see www.marshall.edu/graduate. Information on other financial support opportunities may be found on the Graduate College website.

Minor in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics also offers a graduate minor in mathematics. A minor is earned by taking at least 6 credit hours in MTH-designated courses at the 500- or 600- level in Mathematics as approved by the student’s advisor and the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Mathematics.

## Links

- Short program description
- Admissions Requirements
- Graduate Assistantship Application
- List of Forms
- Graduate Student Handbook
- Graduate Assistant Handbook

## Graduate assistants

- Ayo Akinsete / Mallick
- Patrick Stewart / Sarra
- Molly Peterson / Lawrence
- Matt Lucas / Lawrence
- Evan Boyd / Pupplo-Cody
- Alex Amorim / A. Mummert
- Cameron Loader / Adkins
- Jen Anderson / Niese
- DJ Lamichhane / Cusick
- Ram Joshi / Karna
- Thomas Winston / Schroeder
- Michael Lake / Silver
- George Chappell / Schroeder

MTH 098 - 099 - Mathematics Skills I and II. Remedial mathematics with emphasis on calculation. The graduation requirement is increased three hours for students who complete this course. the course will not satisfy the mathematics, requirement in any program of study.

MTH 127 - College Algebra-Expanded. A brief but careful review of the main techniques of algebra. Polynomials, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Graphs, equations and inequalities, sequences.

## Mathematics Tutor Lab

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