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Mathematics and Statistics Department

MS - Mathematics

This degree is appropriate for students who seek to deepen their knowledge of mathematics and its applications for work in the research and development area of industry.

Requirements for Admission

Candidates must meet all the university admissions requirements. Students can be admitted in either classified or conditionally classified standing. If an applicant's preparation for advanced graduate work is considered inadequate to meet the course prerequisites or other departmental requirements, the conditions will include taking preparatory courses to meet these requirements. Such courses will not count as units that fulfill the master's degree program requirements.

Applicants from countries in which the native language is not English must achieve a minimum English-language proficiency test score as indicated on the Graduate Program Test Requirements webpage at GAPE.

Classified Standing

To enter this program with classified standing, a student must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate Division, have completed 18 semester units of upper-division mathematics with a GPA of at least 3.0, and have one to three letters of recommendation submitted on his or her behalf. The coursework must be acceptable toward a bachelor's degree in mathematics and may not be counted toward the MS degree.

Conditionally Classified Standing

A student who meets the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate Division but does not satisfy the mathematics coursework requirements stated above may be admitted as a conditionally classified student. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. The individual admission letter will explain required terms and conditions for attaining classified standing. After arrival at SJSU, a conditionally accepted student must complete additional coursework to make up the unit deficiency in order to achieve classified status. These make-up units will not be included in the MA degree unit requirement total.

Requirements for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy

To advance to candidacy for the MS degree, a student must meet the university candidacy requirements, as stated in this catalog. The University requires that all graduate students complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section entitled "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" for details. For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) website at www.sjsu.edu/gape.

Thesis and Writing Project students must have their committees (see below) in place before filing for candidacy.

The student must complete the Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy form. This form lists, among other things, all the coursework to be counted toward the master's degree. After the form has been signed by the student's thesis or writing project director (if applicable) and the Graduate Coordinator, it is forwarded to GAPE for final approval. Any subsequent changes to the student's program require approval from GAPE.

Requirements for Graduation

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, GPA, and culminating experience requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Graduate Policies and Procedures.

MS - Mathematics Graduation Requirements

Culminating Experience

Students must choose one of three options: The Plan A (Thesis), Plan B (Project), or Plan B (Comprehensive Examination).

Plan A (Thesis)

A student who selects the Thesis option must find a willing tenured or tenure-track faculty member to serve as the thesis advisor, and complete a thesis under that advisor's supervision. The thesis must be reviewed and approved by a committee composed of the advisor and two other faculty members chosen by the student in consultation with the advisor. The student must give a public presentation on the thesis, which is followed by an oral examination (defense) conducted by the committee. Theses must be filed with the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, subject to the rules and deadlines established by the College of Graduate Studies.

Thesis students must enroll in MATH 299, Master's Thesis (3 units). Students receive credit when the thesis is completed, successfully defended, and all committee members have signed off on it. Students who do not complete their theses during the semester in which they are enrolled in MATH 299 will receive a grade of "RP" for that course. If all other degree requirements have been completed, students must subsequently enroll in MATH 1290R in compliance with university regulations until the thesis is completed, defended, and approved by College of Graduate Studies.

Plan B (Project)

A student who selects the Project option must find a willing tenured or tenure-track faculty member to serve as the project advisor, and complete a written project under that advisor's supervision. The project must be reviewed and approved by a committee composed of the advisor and two other faculty members chosen by the student in consultation with the advisor. The student must give a public presentation on the project, which is followed by an oral examination (defense) conducted by the committee.

Students choosing the Plan B (Project) option must enroll in MATH 298, Special Study (3 units). Students receive credit when the writing project is completed, successfully defended, and all committee members have signed off on it. Students who do not complete their projects during the semester in which they are enrolled in MATH 298 will receive a grade of "RP" for that course. If all other degree requirements have been completed, students must subsequently sign up for MATH 1290R in compliance with university regulations until the writing project is completed and defended.

Plan B (Comprehensive Examination)

Students who select this option must pass two written comprehensive examinations. One examination will be in Numerical Analysis (243A and 243M). The second exam will be in Differential Equations/Dynamical Systems (233A and 234).

Students must enroll in MATH 298E (3 units)for the semester they are taking their comprehensive exams. Students receive credit when both exams are passed. Students who do not pass one or both exams during the semester they are enrolled in MATH 298E will receive a grade of "RP" for that course. If all other degree requirements have been completed, students must subsequently enroll in MATH 1290R for the following semester or semesters in compliance with the university requirement for continuous enrollment until both exams have been passed.


Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.
Requirements of the Masters33
Core Courses21
CS 200W. Graduate Technical WritingGWAR3
MATH 233A. Applied Mathematics I3
MATH 234. Advanced Dynamical Systems3
MATH 243A. Advanced Numerical Analysis3
MATH 243M. Numerical Linear Algebra3
Applied Mathematics: Select one of the following courses in consultation with the graduate advisor:
MATH 203. Applied Mathematics, Computation, and Statistics Projects3
MATH 285. Advanced Topics in Mathematics3
MATH 288J. Applied Mathematics Internship3
Statistics: Select one of the following courses in consultation with the graduate advisor:
MATH 261A. Regression Theory and Methods3
MATH 263. Stochastic Processes3
or another 200-level statistics course with consent of advisor
Electives6
Complete two courses from:
MATH 213A. Introduction to Smooth Manifolds3
MATH 213B. Introduction to Riemannian Geometry3
MATH 229. Advanced Matrix Theory3
MATH 235. Wavelets and their Applications3
MATH 238. Advanced Complex Variables3
MATH 243B. Advanced Topics in Numerical Analysis3
MATH 261A. Regression Theory and Methods3
MATH 263. Stochastic Processes3
MATH 279A. Graph Theory3
MATH 279B. Advanced Graph Theory3
MATH 285A. Advanced Topics in Applied Mathematics3
MATH 297A. Preparation for Writing Project, Research Project or Thesis3
Additional Electives3
Complete one 100-level or 200-level course selected in consultation with advisor. Elective courses may include a maximum of 3 units of MATH 280 and/or MATH 297A. Courses excluded are: MATH 100W, MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 105, MATH 106, MATH 107A, MATH 107B, MATH 123, MATH 129A, MATH 133A, MATH 201A, MATH 201B, and MATH 287.
Culminating Experience3
Plan A (Thesis)
MATH 299. Master's Thesis3
Oral Presentation
Oral Defense
Plan B (Project)
MATH 298. Special Study3
Oral Presentation
Oral Defense
Plan B (Comprehensive Exam)
Additional 3-unit elective selected in consultation with graduate advisor
Comprehensive Exam

Total Units:33

Elective courses must be planned in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

The maximum number of upper-division undergraduate units that can be applied toward the master's degree is 6.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student must have achieved minimum candidacy and SJSU cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 in order to graduate.