Traditionally, graduate programs in mathematics have emphasized doctoral programs, and most young mathematicians have gone into university or college teaching. Recently, however, career opportunities for people with applied training have expanded greatly. For this reason, in addition to the usual M.A. in mathematics that may be regarded as a portion of the Ph.D. degree, the Mathematics Department has designed a career-oriented master's program which emphasizes training for jobs at the M.A. level in the areas of physical applied mathematics, scientific computing, systems and control theory, and operations research and statistics.
A minimum of 32 units of graduate credit is required for an M.A./M.S. degree. More than the minimum of 32 units may be required of a student whose undergraduate major lacks fundamental courses particularly suited to his or her intended program. The student must achieve a B average in the 32 units to qualify for the M.A. degree.
Focus areas include:
Physical Applied Mathematics
For those seeking a career in industry or government, or for further graduate work in applied mathematics. This focus area includes courses in applied analysis, computing, differential equations, mathematical modeling, simulation, probability and statistics. Work in the Mathematics Clinic provides an opportunity to apply, in a substantial and creative way, some of the analytical and modeling techniques acquired in the program.
Computational Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
For students with a special interest in the theoretical or practical aspects of computation for immediate employment or for further graduate training. This focus area includes courses in modeling, algorithms, advanced programming, simulation, numerical analysis, computational statistics, and Mathematics Clinic.
Systems and Control Theory
Designed especially for engineering-oriented students with a special interest in systems analysis and control theory. This focus area includes courses in applied mathematics, mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, differential equations, integral transforms, systems/control theory, signal processing, and Mathematics Clinic.
Operations Research and Statistics
Emphasis is on decision making in a scientific context. This focus area includes courses in deterministic and stochastic operations research, mathematical modeling and simulation, probability, statistics, and Mathematics Clinic.
Designed for students interested in continuing on to a doctoral degree in pure mathematics and a career either in research or in higher education. This focus area includes courses in algebra, real and complex analysis, and topology.