Nov 12, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, M.S.


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Department of Mathematics

Departmental Overview


The Department of Mathematics offers a comprehensive program leading to a Master of Science degree in Mathematics. The program of study provides suitable preparation for further study at the doctoral level or for a career in teaching, government, or industry. The moderate size of the program encourages faculty-student interaction and allows the student an opportunity to tailor a program of study based on individual background, interest, and goals. Graduate students attend a weekly Graduate Seminar and develop teaching skills through participation in the weekly Teaching Seminar. For more information, please contact the Mathematics Department at (931) 372-3441, or visit the departmental web page at http://www.tntech.edu/math.

B.S./M.S. Fast Track Program - Mathematics


The Fast Track program is designed to enable promising undergraduate mathematics students at Tennessee Tech to begin their pursuit of a Master’s degree in Mathematics during their senior year. Upon admission to the program, up to six (6) hours of graduate mathematics courses taken during the senior year can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements (see restrictions below).

To be eligible, a student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25 and have a “B” or better in all upper division Mathematics courses.  Students who meet these minimum requirements may apply to the Mathematics Department for admission to the Fast Track program. The department’s graduate committee will review the application and make a decision for approval.

The student must earn a grade of “B” or better in the graduate courses which are “double-counted” to have the credit apply toward the Master’s degree.  In addition, the following classes re not eligible for Fast Track credit: Math 5010, 5110, 5470, 5530, 5510, 5610, and 5620.

Participation in the Fast Track program does not guarantee admission to the Mathematics graduate program. The student must meet all requirements for admission to the graduate program upon graduation, and must complete the Fast Track program successfully will be given strong consideration for both admission and financial assistance in the graduate program.

 

 

Departmental Admission Requirements


As a necessary condition to be admitted to the Mathematics Graduate Program with Full Standing, and applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. successful completion (at least a “C” or better) or at least on semester-long undergraduate course in abstract algebra (MATH 4010 or equivalent)
  2. successful completion (at least a “C” or better) of at least two semester-long undergraduate courses in real analysis (MATH 4110-4120 or equivalent)
  3. an overall undergraduate QPA of at least 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale)
  4. at least 3 letters of recommendation each indicating an expectation for success in a graduate mathematics program
  5. (international students only) a TOEFL score of at least 550 or an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or the attainment of level 18 in the FLS international Intensive ESL program
  6. Demonstrated potential for success in a graduate mathematics program by attaining at least one of the following
    1. an overall undergraduate mathematics QPA of at least 3.5 (based on a 4.0 scale);
    2. at least a 140 verbal score, 150 quantitative score, and 3.0 analytical writing score on the GRE General Examination
    3. at least a 700 on the GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

It should be understood that fulfilling the above minimum requirements is not sufficient to guarantee that an applicant will be admitted with full standing.  A student may be admitted to the Mathematics Graduate Program with Provisional Standing if one or more of the above requirements are not met, assuming that the student has an overall undergraduate QPA of at least 2.25 (based on a 4.0 scale) and at least 3 letters of recommendation each indicating and expectation for success in a graduate mathematics program.  Recommendations for admission (with Full or Provisional Standing) are made by the Mathematics Department Chairperson in consultation with the Mathematics Graduate Committee based upon an analysis of the applicant’s mathematical background and potential for success in the Mathematics Graduate Program.  As student in Provisional Standing may be reclassified to Full Standing once the student has satisfied the appropriate requirements detailed in the admission letter.

For the sake of evaluation for an assistantship, applicants are highly encouraged to take both the GRE General Examination and the GRE Subject Test in Mathematics and submit their scores with the application.

Departmental Degree Requirements


Requirements for the M.S. degree in Mathematics are:

Thesis Option:


  • Three (3) credit hours of 6000-level Algebra.
  • Three (3) credit hours of 6000-level Analysis.
  • Two (2) one-year approved sequences totaling 12 credit hours.
  • A written thesis and six (6) credit hours of thesis credit.
  • A total of 30 credit hours, including at least 21 at the 6000 level.

Non-Thesis Option:


  • Three (3) credit hours of 6000-level Algebra.
  • Three (3) credit hours of 6000-level Analysis.
  • Three (3) one-year approved sequences totaling 18 credit hours.
  • A comprehensive examination on two (2) of the three (3) one-year approved sequences used to fulfill the 18 credit hour requirement. The selection of the two (2) areas of examination will be left to the graduate student and to the graduate student’s advisor, subject to the approval of the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee. The exam will test both the student’s knowledge of the subject areas and ability to independently solve problems and prove theorems.
  • Three (3) credit hours of MATH 6991 Research and Independent Study 
  • A total of 33 credit hours, including at least 24 will be at the 6000 level.

 

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Department of Mathematics