20192020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Mathematics Major, MS


Return to: College of Arts and Sciences Designed to prepare students for industrial employment and for teaching
Concentration (Optional) and Options Available
No concentration  Thesis, Project, Course Only With Comprehensive Exam
Applied Mathematics Concentration — Thesis, Project, Course Only With Comprehensive Exam
Campus Code
Knoxville Campus
Admissions Standards/Procedures
 Before admission to the Master of Science program, preference will be given to applicants who have either
 Certification for teaching secondary mathematics in at least one state, or
 Three years of elementary school, secondary school, or community college teaching experience. In exceptional circumstances, part of this admission requirement might be satisfied concurrently with course work, or
 The three years of teaching experiences might be satisfied concurrently with course work
 Applicants must have successfully completed one year of calculus (141142 or equivalent) and a course in matrix algebra (251 or equivalent).
Thesis Option
Credit Hours Required
Minimum 30 graduate credit hours
Required Courses
 MATH 500 , 6 credit hours
 24 credit hours numbered above 400
 6 credit hours may be in areas outside Mathematics (MATH) [e.g., Computer Science (COSC), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Physics (PHYS), Statistics (STAT)]
 15 credit hours must be mathematics courses (MATH) numbered above 500
 All courses must be selected in consultation with the major professor and/or committee
NonCourse Requirements
Project Option
Credit Hours Required
Minimum 30 graduate credit hours
Required Courses
 30 credit hours numbered above 400
 21 credit hours must be courses numbered above 500
 MATH 598 , 3 credit hours, a reading course in which a project is required
 Of the 21 credit hours of Mathematics (MATH) courses, 15 credit hours must be from courses numbered above 500
 9 credit hours may be in areas outside Mathematics [e.g., Computer Science (COSC), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Physics (PHYS), Statistics (STAT)]
 All courses selected in consultation with the major professor and/or committee
NonCourse Requirements
 A written final examination and presentation of project
Course Only with Comprehensive Exam Option
Credit Hours Required
Minimum 30 graduate credit hours
Required Courses
 30 graduate credit hours in acceptable courses numbered above 400
 Of the 21 credit hours of Mathematics (MATH) courses, 15 credit hours must be from courses numbered above 500
 9 credit hours may be in areas outside Mathematics (MATH) [e.g., Computer Science (COSC), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Physics (PHYS), Statistics (STAT)]
 All courses selected in consultation with the major professor and/or committee
NonCourse Requirements
 The student must pass two written examinations with a PhD level passing score as required in the PhD program
Applied Mathematics Concentration, Thesis
Credit Hours Required
Minimum 30 graduate credit hours
Required Courses
 MATH 500 , 6 credit hours
 One credit hour of MATH 519 or MATH 589
 One course from each of the following five areas.
 Remaining 6 credit hours may be in areas outside Mathematics (MATH) [e.g., Computer Science (COSC), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Physics (PHYS), Statistics (STAT)] chosen in consultation with the major professor and/or committee
NonCourse Requirements
 Pass an oral defense and complete a written thesis
Applied Mathematics Concentration, Project
Credit Hours Required
Minimum 30 graduate credit hours
Required Courses
 One credit hour of MATH 519 or MATH 589.
 One course from each of the following five areas.
 MATH 598 , 3 credit hours, a reading course in which a project is required
 Remaining 9 credit hours may be in areas outside Mathematics (MATH) [e.g., Computer Science (COSC), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Physics (PHYS), Statistics (STAT)] chosen in consultation with the major professor and/or committee
NonCourse Requirements
 A written final examination and presentation of project.
Applied Mathematics Concentration, Course Only with Comprehensive Exam
Credit Hours Required
Minimum 30 graduate credit hours
Required Courses
 One credit hour of MATH 519 or MATH 589 .
 One course from each of the following five areas.
 Remaining credit hours may be in areas outside Mathematics (MATH) [e.g., Computer Science (COSC), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Physics (PHYS), Statistics (STAT)] chosen in consultation with the major professor and/or committee
NonCourse Requirements
 The student must pass two written examinations with a PhD level passing score as required in the PhD program.
