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Degree Requirements|UW Mathematics

Mathematics Graduate Degree Requirements

Contact Graduate Coordinator Lori Dockter (307-766-6546) with questions.

Master of Science Degree

Candidates for the M.S. must:

  • Pass the competency exam.

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

  • Complete one semester of Math 5800-01, Professional Development.

  • Complete 4 credits of Math 5960, Thesis Research (not required for a Plan B degree).

  • Write and present a Plan A Thesis or a Plan B paper.

  • Complete at least 30 hours of formal course work at the 5000 level or above. Within these hours, the following core mathematics courses must be completed with a grade of A or B:

1.   Real Variables I (5200)
2.   Complex Variables I (5230)
3.   Methods of Applied Mathematics I (5400)
4.   Computational Methods I (5310)
5.   Advanced Linear Algebra (5500)
6.   Graduate Abstract Algebra I (5550)


Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Degree

 Candidates for the Ph.D. must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

  • Pass the competency exam and a qualifying exam.

  • Teach two semesters of college mathematics.

  • Pass a written and oral preliminary exam.

  • Demonstrate competence in a research tool, such as a foreign language or a mathematical software package.

  • Write and orally defend a doctoral dissertation.

  • Complete a combination of 72 semester hours of coursework and dissertation research.

  1.  A maximum of 12 hours can be at the 4000 level, and at least 42 hours must be formal courses at the 5000 level or above.
  2. Six of the courses must be the cores courses for the M.S. degree completed with a grade of A or B. (A student arriving with an M.S. from another institution may petition the graduate committee to substitute appropriate transfer credits.)
  3. One of the courses must be from the department's approved list of broadening courses, completed with a grade of A or B.
  4. The student needs to take 2 credits of Math 5800-02, Seminars and Colloquia.
  5. The student needs to complete at least two courses from two of the categories below, and at least one from a third category:

Algebra, Combinatorics, & Number Theory

  1. Information Theory
  2. Cryptography or Computational Number Theory
  3. Modern Number Theory
  4. Matrix Theory (5570)
  5. Abstract Algebra II (5555)
  6. Combinatorics (5510)


  1. Applied Functional Analysis (5270)
  2. Probability and Stochastic Processes
  3. Modern PDE (5440)
  4. Advanced Functional Analysis (5275)
  5. Calculus of Variations and Control Theory

Applied & Computational Mathematics:

  1. Methods of Applied Math II (5405)
  2. Scientific Computing II (5340)
  3. Mathematical Modeling (5230)
  4. Applied Nonlinear Differential Equations (5430)

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