Mathematics

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    Department of Mathematics

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    Department of Mathematics

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    Department of Mathematics

  • Department of Mathematics

    Department of Mathematics

Graduate Programs

The Mathematics Department offers Masters of Science degrees in two distinct options: Mathematics (Option I) and Applied Mathematics (Option II).

Options I and II prepare a student for further graduate work, higher mathematical work in industry, business and government, and for teaching at community colleges. Graduates from these two Options have entered and completed Ph.D. programs in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics throughout the country. Many have also chosen careers as full-time faculty members in Community Colleges or obtained positions in industry and business.

Graduate Program Highlights

Department of Mathematics offers Masters of Science degrees in pure and applied Mathematics

 We offer

  • a coherent and rigorous curriculum
  • effective one on one mentorship
  • early research activity. 

A people friendly program

  • Each semester we offer small classes of a wide range of courses to select from.
  • All graduate courses (in statistics and pure or applied mathematics) are offered during the evenings to accommodate working students.

High lights

  • The Department has 35 full-time faculty and is growing.  Faculty are actively engaged in cutting edge research in a wide range of fields within pure and applied mathematics with funding from NSF, NASA, DoD, and industries.
  • More than 40% of our graduates are accepted into leading Ph.D. programs upon completion of their degrees. 
  • Over 50% of department graduates take teaching positions at community colleges or are hired in industry.
  • More than 25 research articles based on student masters theses were published in leading research journals in the past 10 years.

Funding opportunities

We offer Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Assistantships, and each year several tuition fee waivers to high achieving current and incoming students.

Why should you apply to CSUN?

  • CSUN's graduate mathematics program has a proven track record and has led to many successful careers.
  • Former students include industrial mathematicians, professors, and administrators at leading universities.
  • The Department of Mathematics is proud of its high achieving diverse faculty and student body.  Join us!

For more information

www.csun.edu/math

 

Graduate Program Options

M.S. Option I: This program concentrates on Pure Mathematics and is primarily designed to prepare students for community college teaching, entry level positions in industry, or future graduate work in mathematics.

M.S. Option II: This program emphasizes Applied Mathematics and is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in industry, business, government, or for future graduate work in applied mathematics.

Courses of Study

OPTION I: MATHEMATICS:

The core of this program consists of an in depth study of the mainstream of modern mathematics: algebra, analysis and topology.

CORE REQUIRED COURSES (15 UNITS)Units
  

MATH 501 Topology

3

MATH 550 Calculus on Manifolds

3

MATH 552 Real Analysis

3

MATH 655 Complex Analysis

3

MATH 560 Algebra

3

FURTHER REQUIRED COURSES (2 UNITS)
(normally taken towrad the end of the program)

 

MATH 589 Seminar in Mathematics

1

and either

 

697A Directed Comprehensive Studies (comprehensive exams)

1

OR

 

698A Thesis or Graduate Project

* To be eligible for 698A (thesis), a student must obtain a GPA of 3.40 or higher on the 15 units of core required classes (see previous table).

1*

ELECTIVES (15 UNITS)

Select approved courses. At least 6 of these 15 units must be at 500 or 600-level. Up to 6 units may be taken in fields outside mathematics with prior approval of the Graduate committee.

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED FOR THE MS DEGREE, OPTION I: 32

OPTION II: APPLIED MATHEMATICS

The core of this program consists of the basic preparation in Analysis and courses in Differential Equations, Modeling, Numerical Analysis, or Probability/Statistics. This option allows students in collaboration with an adviser to design an individual course of study that best satisfies their needs.

 

CORE REQUIRED COURSES (15 UNITS)Units
  

MATH 501 Topology

3

MATH 552 Real Analysis

3

and either

 

MATH 542 A-D Topics in Probability/Statistics

3

or

 

MATH 581 Numerical Analysis

3

and two courses from the following list:

 

MATH 540 Regression Analysis

3

MATH 542 A-D Topics in Probability/Statistics

3

MATH 581 Advanced Numerical Analysis

3

MATH 582 A-D Topics in Numerical Analysis

3

MATH 592 A-D Topics in Applied Mathematics

3

MATH 625 Advanced Mathematical Modeling

3

MATH 655 Complex Analysis

3

MATH 680 A/B Applied Functional Analysis I/II

3

FURTHER REQUIRED COURSES (2 UNITS)
(normally taken towrad the end of the program)

 

MATH 589 Seminar in Mathematics

1

and either

 

697A Directed Comprehensive Studies (comprehensive exams)

1

OR

 

698A Thesis or Graduate Project

* To be eligible for 698A (thesis), a student must obtain a GPA of 3.40 or higher on the 15 units of core required classes (see previous table).

1*

ELECTIVES (15 UNITS)

Select approved courses. At least 6 of these 15 units must be at 500 or 600-level.

Up to 9 units may be taken in fields outside mathematics with prior approval of the Graduate committee.

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED FOR THE MS DEGREE, OPTION II: 32

SWITCHING BETWEEN OPTIONS I & II:

Students may request in writing to switch between Option I and II. Such requests will be considered by the Graduate Committee.

Thesis Resources

Producing documents with mathematical content, such as theses, terms papers, or journal articles, can be a daunting task due to the large number of special characters required. LaTex provides an excellent way of doing this, and is the method of typesetting preferred by mathematicians worldwide. This program is freely available and can be downloaded for any platform. LaTex is also the preferred way to produce CSUN Master's Theses. To do so, students should use the CSUN.cls file for their thesis, which automatically produces a document which adheres to campus guidelines. To use it save the linked (at left) file to the directory where your thesis source file is kept. The CSUN Thesis files were produced by Professor Jeff Wiegley of the Computer Science Department at CSUN.

Admission to the Graduate Program

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

The University requires that applicants for the graduate program have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. In addition, the Mathematics Department requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all undergraduate work. The Mathematics Department requires that applicants have grades of B or better in the following upper-division mathematics classes:

  • Advanced Calculus (equivalent to CSUN Math 350)
  • Advanced Linear Algebra (equivalent to CSUN Math 462)

Students with less than a B average may be eligible to be admitted with conditionally classified status. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in fields outside the Mathematical Sciences may also be considered, provided that they have successfully taken a significant number of both lower and upper division Mathematics courses. Their eligibility and admission status will be determined on an individual basis. Conditionally classified students needing to make up advanced calculus and/or advanced linear algebra will be required to either pass Math 350 and/or Math 462 with a grade of B or better or pass the Mathematics Screening Exam. Conditionally classified students are required to attain classified status and satisfy all University requirements within two semesters of being admitted as a conditionally classified graduate student.

SCREENING EXAMINATIONS:

These exams are meant as an alternative to course work for conditionally classified students to obtain classified status. These exams are given separately in Advanced Calculus and Advanced Linear Algebra twice a year, in January and August.

AFTER ADMISSION:

Students are required to set an appointment with graduate coordinator as soon as they hear about their acceptance in the program. A course of study will then be planned by the student and the coordinator according to the student’s availability, mathematical background and mathematical interests.  Please use the timetable of courses offering to create your own tentative timetable to complete your degree and email a copy of that to Graduate Coordinator. Students in both programs must complete at least 30 units of approved course work and one unit of the participating seminar, Math 589.  Of the 30 units, at least 21 units must be at 500-600 level courses, and at most 9 units at 400 level courses. In order to maintain good standing, graduate students must complete at least one approved course during each semester. Students who fail to do so will be placed on probation. Students who fail to fulfill this requirement twice will be disqualified.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

To apply for the Graduate Program, separate applications are required to the University and to the Department of Mathematics. For more information contact Graduate Coordinator, Professor Ali Zakeri, email:

1. Applications to the University are submitted at http://www.csumentor.com/. Note that this portion of the application requires official transcripts.

2. Applications to the Department require the following materials. Departmental Application Form (available on the math dept. forms page) Transcripts of all college work (unofficial are acceptable) Two letters of recommendation. Teaching Assistantship Application, if you are requesting to be a TA.

These materials should be sent to:

Department of Mathematics

ATTN: GRADUATE PROGRAM 

CSUN, Northridge, CA 91330-8313.

Applications for candidates who wish to be considered for teaching assistantship, first priority is given to applications received by April 15. The deadline for late applications to begin in either the fall or spring semester is no more than one month before the beginning of that semester. 

Application Forms

Timetable for Course Offerings

A tentative timetable for offering 500-600 level courses:

Each Fall semester: 

Math 501, Math 550, Math 552, Math 581, Math 589, Math 592A-D

Each odd year Fall : Math 540

Each even year Fall: Math 680A

Each Spring semester: 

 Math 501, Math 542A-D, Math 552, Math 582A-D, Math 589, Math 560, Math 655

Each odd year Spring : Math 680B

The following courses are offered on demand

Math 542A-D, Math 570, Math 625, Math 651ABC, Math 661ABC

A tentative timetable for offering 400 level courses:

Each Fall semester: 

Math 440A, Math 455, Math 460, Math 462, Math 480, Math 481A, Math 482, Math 490, Math 493

Each Spring semester: 

Math 440B, Math 450, Math 463, Math 462, Math 463, Math 481A, Math 482, Math 483, Math 490, Math 493

The following courses are offered on demand

Math 470, Math 481B

A tentative timetable for offering 300 level courses:

Each Fall semester: 

Math 320, Math 326, Math 331, Math 340, Math 341, Math 350, Math 351, Math 360, Math 382/382L, Math 391

Each Spring semester: 

Math 320, Math 326, Math 331, Math 340, Math 341, Math 350, Math 351, Math 360, Math 370, Math 382/382L, Math 391

The following course is offered on demand: 

Math 366

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our Programs:

    1. Q: What kinds of degrees are offered?

      A: We offer two kinds of master's of science (MS) degrees: Option I (Mathematics), which focuses on pure mathematics, and Option II (Applied Mathematics), which focuses on applied mathematics and/or statistics.
    2. Q: What is the difference between Option I and Option II?

      A: The difference is in the courses you will need to complete, as described at the math department graduate studies web page in full detail. The Applied Mathematics option provides a greater flexibility in choosing the core required courses.
    3. Q: At what point must I choose between Option I or Option II? Can I change my option later?

      A: You need to choose Option I or II on your application. Students may later request in writing to switch between Option I and II by submitting a Change of Objective Form to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • What will I need to do to complete a degree?

    1. Q: How many courses and which ones do I need to take to complete the program?

      See the department webpage on courses for full details. In summary, for the MS degree you need 32 units, consisting of 10 courses with 3 units each, a 1-unit seminar course (Math 589), and a 1-unit course that represents the successful completion either of the comprehensive exams (Math 697A) or a master's thesis (Math 698A). Required and elective courses will depend on the option you choose (Option I: Mathematics or Option II: Applied Mathematics). At least seven of the ten courses must be at the 500-600 level. At most three courses can be at the 400 level, but not all 400 level courses can be counted (for example, 462 cannot be counted). All course selections are subject to approval of the Graduate Coordinator.
    2. Q: Do I need to pass comprehesive exams to graduate? Do I need to write a thesis?

      You need to either pass two comprehensive exams (Math 697A) or write and successfully defend a master's thesis (Math 698A). Students who wish to write a thesis must have a GPA of 3.4 or higher in the five core required classes for their option (these are the five 3-unit courses listed in the tables on the math department graduate studies web page).
    3. Q: What do the comprehensive exams cover?

      A: There are six available comprehensive exams:

      1. Algebra (material from Math 462, 460, and 560)
      2. Analysis I (material from Math 501 and 552)
      3. Analysis II (material from Math 550 and 552)
      4. Numerical Analysis (material from Math 581 and 582)
      5. Applied Functional Analysis (material from Math 680 A/B)
      6. Probability and Statistics (material from Math 540 and 542)

      The University rules governing comprehensive exams can be found in the Course Catalog.
    4. Q: How often are the comprehesive exams offered each year?

      A: They are given twice per year: once in mid-August and once in mid-January.
    5. Q: How often are required and elective courses offered each year?

      Please see the Timetable of Courses.
    6. Q: Can I take elective courses while I am taking prerequisite courses?

      A: You must pay attention to prerequisite requirement(s) for each course to increase your chance of success in that course. Ask the Graduate Coordinator if you are not sure.
    7. Q: Am I required to take the Upper Divison Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE)?

      A: Yes. Anyone seeking a degree from CSU system must pass UDWPE. See the FAQ for UDWPE for further details.
    8. Q: I am an international student. Is there a language proficiency requirement needed to complete the degree?

      A: In order to apply, you must meet the University's English Language requirements, which are described here at the International Admissions web site. The Mathematics Department has no additional requirements.
    9. Q: How long does it take to complete the program?

      A: Normally, it takes about two year to complete a master's degree.
    10. Q: Is there a time limit for completing the degree?

      A: You have seven years to complete the degree.
  • Cost:

    1. Q: How much are the tuition and fees?

      A: Please see information about tuition here.
    2. Q: What sort of financial support may I expect?

      A: There are two types of support available. The first type is administered directly by the University (not the Math Department), and is described at the University's Financial Aid and Scholarship Departemnt. The second type of financial aid is administered by the Mathematics Department, and consists of Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Assistantships (the application form is here). There are also Tuition Waivers for well-qualified students.
  • Qualifications Needed to Apply:

    1. Q: Do I need to have a bachelor's degree in mathematics to apply?

      A: You do need a bachelor's degree, but not necessarily in mathematics. We have number students who entered the program with a bachelor's degree in another major. To be ready to enter the program, you need to have completed sufficient coursework in mathematics (described in the next FAQ), regardless off your major.
    2. Q: Which courses do I need to have completed before applying?

      A: To be full ready for the MS program, you need to have completed coursework equivalent to the following CSUN courses (see course descriptions here): Calculus and Real Analysis (MATH 150A, 150B, 250, 350), Differential Equations (MATH 351), Probability (MATH 340), Linear and Abstract Algebra (MATH 262, 462, and 360), and a course on Logic and Proofs (MATH 320). It is still possible to be admitted as a conditionally classified student if you are missing the equivalent of MATH 350 and/or MATH 462. You will then come to CSUN and be required to pass each of these courses with a grade of B or better before becoming a fully classified master's student.
    3. Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?

      There are minimum admission requirements at the University level, including a minimum GPA of 2.5 (see the link for precisely this can be calculated). You must satisfy all these University requirements before the mathematics department can even consider your application.

      In addition to the University requirements, the Mathematics Department requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate work. Furthermore, the Mathematics Department requires that you obtain a grade of B or better in courses in Real Analysis and Advanced Linear Algebra (equivalent to CSUN's MATH 350 and 462 courses: for a description of these courses, see here). If you lack a sufficient GPA, or lack either of these two courses just mentioned, or lack a sufficient grade in either of these two courses, you may still be admitted as a conditionally classified graduate student (see previous FAQ).

      When your GPA is below 3.0, you must take the entire GRE General Test and score in the upper 50th percentile in at least one of the three sections of the test. You can be admitted into the program with conditionally classified status subject to the requirement that you take the general GRE at a later time. And you can take GRE while taking courses towards your master.
    4. Q: I am an international student. Is there a language proficiency requirement needed before applying? Do I need to take the TOEFL? or the IELTS or PTE?

      A: In order to apply, you must meet the University's English Language requirements, which are described here at the International Admissions web site. The Mathematics Department has no additional requirements.
  • Application Procedure:

    1. Q: What items are needed in a complete application?

      A: All applicants need to submit two applications: one for the University, and one for Math Department.

      The University application is done with the online CSU Mentor System, which has all the instructions for submitting forms, official transcripts, and fees. See this list of procedures for more detail. For further requirements for international students, see the next FAQ.

      To complete the Mathematics Deaprtment application, you need to fill out the departmental application form and send this form to the math graduate coordinator address at the bottom the form. You also need to enclose unofficial copies of all transcripts for university-level work with this form. You also need to have two recommenders write letters of recommendation, which are sent to the same math graduate coordinator address. You can have the recommenders send the letters directly to the graduate coordinator or you can enclose them with your Mathematics Department application. Finally, if you would like to be considered for financial support through a Teaching Assistantship or Graduate Assistantship, please also enclose the TA/GA application form with your Mathematics Department application.
    2. Q: I am an international student. Is there anything else I need to do to apply?

      A: The University has additional requirements and procedures for international applicants, which can be found at the International Admissions web site. The Mathematics Department has no additional requirements for international applicants.
    3. Q: Can I use a letter of recommendation from a non-professor? For example, from my supervisor at work?

      A: Yes, but you must make sure that at least one of your letters addresses your intellectual abilities relevant to the study of mathematics.
    4. Q: I have completed my degree a long time ago and I have no contact with my former professors or they don't remember me. What should I do?

      A: Contact at least one of our former instructors and a supervisor or mentor from your workplace.
    5. Q: Do you require a personal statement? Where should I submit that?

      A: A personal statement is strictly optional, and would only be useful if you think there are special circumstances that the Graduate Coordinator should be aware of, in which case you should enclose it with your Mathematics Department application.
    6. Q: Am I required to take GRE? Do I have to GRE before applying to the program? Can I apply them take GRE, if I am required to take it?

      A: When your GPA is below 3.0, you must take the entire GRE General Test and score in the upper 50th percentile in at least one of the three sections of the test. You can be admitted into the program with conditionally classified status subject to the requirement that you take the general GRE at a later time. And you can take GRE while taking courses towards your master.
    7. Q: What is the latest date that I can apply if I want to begin the program in a particular semester?

      A: If you would like to be considered for financial support through a Graduate Asistantship or Teaching Assitantship, you must apply by the University deadlines. See the calendar of deadlines. The Mathematics Department accepts late applications, but no later than one month before the beginning of each semester.
  • Finding out whether you have been accepted:

    1. Q: I have submitted my application online to university sometimes ago, and I have not heard anything. What should I do?

      A: Contact the graduate coordinator by email using this link.
  • I have been accepted. What do I do next?

    1. Q: Once I accept your offer of admission, what further information will you need before I arrive?

      A: Make a tentative plan and timeline for completing the program, and contact the Graduate Coordinator for advising by email using this link.
    2. Q: I am admitted to begin in a particular semester. Can I postpone my admission to a later semester?

      A: This is an issue that you have to check with the Admission Offices. Normally, once you have started the program, you can take a semester off (called academic leave of absence), but not before you have completed a semester here. The Admission Office may require you to reapply, but check with them to see what they will do in your case.