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

COURSES OF STUDY:

OPTION I: MATHEMATICS

REQUIRED COURSES (16 UNITS)

MATH 501 Topology 3

MATH 550 Calculus on Manifolds3

MATH 552 Real Analysis3

MATH 655 Complex Analysis3

MATH 560 Algebra3

MATH 589 Seminar in Mathematics1

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. Eligible 400-level electives are: MATH 440A, 440B, 450, 455, 460, 463, 480, 481A, 481B, 481C, 481D, 482, 483.

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED FOR THE MS DEGREE, OPTION I:31

 

OPTION II: APPLIED MATHEMATICS

REQUIRED COURSES (16 UNITS)

MATH 501 Topology3

MATH 552 Real Analysis3

MATH 589 Seminar in Mathematics1

and either

MATH 542A-D Topics in Probability/Statistics3

 

OR

MATH 581 Numerical Analysis3

 

and two courses from the following list:

MATH 540 Regression Analysis3

MATH 542A-D Topics in Probability/Statistics3

MATH 581 Advanced Numerical Analysis3

MATH 582 A-D Topics in Numerical Analysis3

MATH 592A-D Topics in Applied Mathematics3

MATH 625 Advanced Mathematical Modeling3

MATH 655 Complex Analysis3

MATH680A/B Applied Functional Analysis I,II3

 

ELECTIVES (15 UNITS)

Select approved courses. At least 6 of these 15 units must be at 500- or 600-level. Eligible 400-level electives are: MATH 440A, 440B, 450, 455, 460, 463, 480, 481A, 481B, 481C, 481D, 482, 483.

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: 31

SWITCHING BETWEEN OPTIONS I & II:

Students may request to switch between Options I and II. These requests must be approved by the Graduate Committee.

Below are projected graduate course offerings for 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013. This list is subject to change. It is expected that course offerings beyond 2012-2013 will continue as below in 3 year cycles.

COURSES 2011-2012

Fall 2011

501, 550, 581, 680A, 651/661

Spring 2012

542_*, 552, 560, 582_*, 592_*, 655

*The suffix A-D to be determined later.

COURSES 2012-2013

Fall 2012

501, 540, 550, 581, 680A

Spring 2013

542_*, 552, 560, 655, 680B

*The suffix A-D to be determined later.

 

CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

In addition to course work, all students must successfully complete one of the following:

A. Comprehensive Examination: This two-part examination is based upon required course work. Students in Option I must take Algebra and either Analysis I or Analysis II. Students in option II must take Analysis I and one other (excluding Algebra). Links to exam syllabi are provided below.

Algrebra (material from 462, 460, and 560), Algebra

Analysis I (material from 501 and 522), 501, 552

Analysis II (material from 550 and 655), 550

Numerical Analysis (material from 581, 582)

Applied Functional Analysis (material from 680 A/B)

Probablity/Statistics (material from 540, 542) 540, 542A

B. Master's Thesis: In order to write a Master's thesis, the Mathematics Department requires a student to maintain a grade point average of 3.4 in their required course work. Each student must also defend their thesis in an oral examination before their thesis committee.

For students preparing a Master's Thesis, the following thesis resources are available.

The University requires that students enroll in at least one unit of MATH 697 (Comprehensive Exam) or one unit of MATH 698 (Thesis). Units for MATH 697 or MATH 698 do not count toward the 31 units required for the degree.

University regulations stipulate that once a student attempts all or part of a Comprehensive Exam, they may not subsequently write a thesis.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The University requires that applicants have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 units. Additionally, all applicants must satisfy the University's Upper Division Writing Proficiency Requirements, as described in the catalog.

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), and Advanced Linear Algebra (equivalent to CSUN Math 462)

Students not fully meeting these criteria may be eligible for admission with conditionally classified status. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in fields outside of the Mathematical Sciences may also be considered, provided that they have successfully taken a significant number of both lower- and upper- division Mathematics courses. Eligibility and admission status will be determined by the Graduate Committee on an individual basis. Conditionally classsified students needing to demonstrate knowledge of 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 a Screening Exam in that subject. Conditionally classified students are required to obtain classified status and satisfy all University requirements within two semesters of admission.

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.

 

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: ali.zakeri@csun.edu

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 of Mathematics: Application Form , TA-GA Application Form

 

Application deadline: April 15, 2012 to be considered for financial support.