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Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

Department phone number: (607) 436-3708

Fax: (607) 436-2173


Faculty: Donald Allison, Leah Bridgers, Johnathan Brown, Constant Goutziers, Keith Jones, Grazyna Kamburowska, Angeliki Kazas-Pontisakos, Toke Knudsen, Laura Munteanu. Marius Munteanu, Joshua Palmatier, Charles Ragozzine Chair, James Ruffo, James Ryder, Jen-Ting Wang, Sen Zhang

Program purposes and philosophy: The Master of Arts in Mathematics is designed primarily for individuals who seek a terminal graduate degree in mathematics. However, students may in consultation with their advisor, design a program that will prepare them for a Ph.D. in mathematics. In addition, this program meets the New York State guidelines for permanent certification for those with initial teaching certification in secondary mathematics education.Non-degree students should not enroll in more than 9 s.h. of graduate courses before applying to a degree program.

Non-degree students should not enroll in more than 9 s.h. of graduate courses before applying to a degree program.

No more than 15 s.h. may be transferred into this program. Courses with grades of "B-" through "F" are not transferable.

Admission Requirements

All students applying for admission to degree status are required to:

  1. Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee.
  2. Submit an official transcript of an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college.
  3. Submit letters of recommendation, two of which must be from individuals qualified to speak to the applicant's mathematical ability.
  4. Have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Submit a letter of intent which includes a statement of professional goals.
  6. If seeking permanent teaching certification in New York State: submit a copy of a NYS initial teaching certificate in Adolescence Mathematics.

It is strongly recommended that students have:

  • A cumulative average of at least 3.0 in a major in mathematics or closely related field or a score at or above the 65th percentile on the GRE.
  • Undergraduate coursework in modern algebra and analysis.

Degree Requirements: M.A. in Mathematics

The M.A. in mathematics will require 30 credits of graduate level mathematics, computer science, statistics, and/or mathematics education. Students will be required to take a sequence in abstract algebra, a sequence in modern analysis, a graduate seminar course, and an independent study course in mathematics or mathematics education. The program will culminate with either a project or a comprehensive examination. Accepted students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all coursework to remain in the program.

All College policies and procedures found in this Graduate Catalog will apply to students enrolled in this program.

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