The Catholic University of America

Master of Science Degree in Mathematics

Overview

The Department of Mathematics offers Master’s of Science in Mathematics degree with two tracks:

  1. Theory track: This track is oriented towards students who are interested in mathematics as an abstract discipline. These students may be considering a Ph.D. in mathematics or in a related discipline. Core coursework for this track includes fundamental topics in advanced abstract mathematics.

  2. Industry track: This track is designed for students who intend to use mathematics in engineering, computer science, medicine, business, industry, social science, or other fields. Core coursework for this track requires at least two courses from a field related to mathematics, such as computer science or engineering, which will help students see how advanced mathematics is used in practical contexts.

Each of these tracks will include a thesis option.

Application Requirements

Eligibility: The MS program is open to students with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and also to applicants whi have developed a substantial mathematical background with a degree in engineering, computer science, physics, statistics or finance. The requisite mathematical proficiency is ordinarily demonstrated through the completion of the following courses: Calculus I, II, and III, a course on proofs techniques, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and analysis.

Students who are eligible for Master’s program should note that standard university guidelines for eligibility will apply, in addition to the following:

  1. GPA of at least 3.00 in math courses in their undergraduate degree or permission of the Graduate Committee.

  2. At least one letter of recommendation from a math faculty at their undergraduate institution.

  3. A statement of purpose.

Application Procedure:Application to the graduate program should be submitted via: www.catholic.edu/admission/graduate-doctorate/index.html

Coursework and Requirements

The MS degree requires the completion of 30 credits of course work. For students electing the thesis option, which accounts for 6 credits, the requirements of course work will reduce to 24 credits. Incoming students can transfer at most two courses (approved by the Graduate Committee) towards their master’s degree. These two courses must have been taken at the graduate level when they were pursuing their bachelor degree.

Of the ten courses required for the MS degree, at least six courses must be from mathematics. The MS program will allow students in the theory track to choose at most two and in the Industry track to chose at most four courses (approved by the graduate committee) from other areas to prepare them for various careers paths and opportunities open to them. These include computer science, engineering, business and finance, physics and the social sciences. The MS degree would also prepare them for PhD programs in mathematics or other related areas like statistics and computer science.

Thesis Option: Students in either the Theory track or the Industry track will have a thesis option. That is, they can complete the requirements of the MS program by taking 10 courses, or 8 courses plus two semesters of thesis work (under guidance of a math faculty member). The thesis work will start with their second semester in the graduate program. Exceptions could be made for strong students to begin their thesis work in the first semester of graduate study.

Requirements for Theory Track:

  • Graduate abstract algebra course

  • Graduate topology course

  • Six mathematics electives. Of these, up to two can be approved courses in a related field.

  • Thesis or two additional mathematics electives.

Requirements for MS Industry Track:

  • Graduate statistics course

  • Two approved graduate courses in a related field

  • Five mathematics electives. Of these, up to two can be approved courses in a related field.

  • Thesis or two additional mathematics electives.