MS in Mathematics Admissions Requirements
The graduate major in Mathematics prepares students as professional mathematicians with an emphasis on problem solving and mathematical inquiry. Coursework will cover a wide range of mathematics including abstract algebra, probability and statistics, combinatorics, advanced calculus, the history of mathematics, financial mathematics, and mathematical modeling, while emphasizing both the applied and theoretical aspects of these disciplines. The use of the most current mathematics technology will help students analyze and solve problems like experienced mathematicians.
Several processes central to the preparation of outstanding mathematicians will be incorporated into the curriculum and monitored throughout the program. These include the ability to use a broad range of strategies and representations when solving problems and creating models, to use logic and reasoning for the analysis and development of mathematical proof, to identify connections within mathematics and to other disciplines, and to correctly communicate mathematical ideas precisely using the language of mathematics.
Special Admissions Requirement
In addition to the university admissions requirements,students must have:
1. a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (out of a possible 4.0). Students seeking admission to the GSU Master of Science in Mathematics program with a GPA lower than 2.75 may petition to the graduate program coordinator for admission.
2. submit a letter of application including a statement of personal interest in pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics,
3. submit three professional or academic letters of reference
Students may apply for the Master of Science in Mathematics program at Governors State University with a baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited university. An undergraduate major in mathematics, actuarial science, engineering, business, science, or computer science is recommended. Students must have completed, with a grade of “C” or higher, a three-semester sequence in calculus, a course in modern algebra, a course in linear algebra, and a course in analysis. Students may be conditionally admitted if they do not meet the undergraduate prerequisites for the graduate core courses.
Admission to Candidacy
As a benchmark toward graduation, students must apply for and be accepted to candidacy for the Master of Science degree in Mathematics. Mathematics students must apply for candidacy upon completion of 18 credit hours (6 of these credit hours must be in the Required Core Courses). Students applying for candidacy to graduate with the Master of Science degree in Mathematics must meet the following requirements:
1. Completion of a minimum of 6 hours in the required core, with a grade of “B” or better in each course;
2. Completion of a minimum of 12 additional hours of core or electives course work with a grade average of “B” or better, and no more than one course with a grade of “C” will be accepted; and
3. Establish a Graduate Committee. The Graduate Committee must include a project advisor (must be a tenured/tenure track Mathematics Faculty) and two other graduate faculty (one of which must be a faculty member from a graduate program in a related discipline or graduate program at Governors State University). A Graduate Committee may contain one outside member, who must be a tenured or tenure-track professor from a graduate program at an accredited university. Students apply for candidacy by completing a “Master of Science in Mathematics Program Application for Candidacy” form, including the student’s courses and grades to date, date of intended graduate thesis/project/seminar, and a statement from the student’s advisor regarding the student’s prospects for completion within four years. The Master of Science in Mathematics Program faculty will review the application and vote on whether the student is admitted to candidacy, if additional coursework is required, or if the student will not be admitted to candiacy. Students who are denied admission to candidacy may appeal this decision to the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.
Minimum Degree Requirements
In addition to the requirements for candidacy outlined above, Master of Science in Mathematics students must complete the following requirement in order to attain the Master’s degree:
1. the remaining elective courses such that the grade average for all elective courses is a “B” (3.00 of 4.00) or better, no more than one course with a grade of “C” will be accepted, and no grades below a “C” will be accepted; and
2. the graduate thesis/project (MATH8900) or graduate seminar (MATH8950) and presentation (MATH8990) with a Pass (“P”) grade, which is determined by a vote of the three-member graduate project committee.