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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Fall and Spring: 8am - 5pm

Summer Hours: 7:30am - 4:30pm

Ross Hall Rm. #224

Dept. 3036, 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-3036

Phone: 307-766-4221

Fax: 307-766-6838



Statistics Program Information


Graduate Studies

Program Information

The department of Mathematics & Statistics offers programs leading to the degrees of master of arts, master of science, master of arts in teaching, master of science in teaching, and the doctor of philosophy.

Please note that the Statistics Ph.D. Program is currently on hiatus.

The requirements for these degrees reflect our belief that mathematicians should have a broad foundation in core areas of algebra, analysis, and applied mathematics, as well as the experience of a more intensive investigation of a specialized area. We provide this within a flexible structure that recognizes the individual interests and varied backgrounds of our students.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

To be competitive for admission, applicants must have strong backgrounds in mathematics. Generally, this means a bachelor's degree in mathematics or a closely related discipline. All applicants should have substantial coursework beyond the calculus sequence; courses in differential equations, linear algebra, and, in particular, courses in abstract algebra and analysis are highly recommended. A solid performance on the GRE Subject Test in Mathematics can demonstrate the applicant's mastery of these subjects. The GRE Subject Test in Mathematics is therefore recommended but not required.

The GRE General Test is required, with a minimum Quantitative Reasoning score of 157 and Verbal score of 143. International applicants need a composite TOEFL score of 76 or an IELTS score of 6.5.

ETS only reports TOEFL scores taken within two years of the date of request.

Requirements for Admission for M.A.T. or M.S.T.

Applicants are required to have:

  • A valid teaching endorsement in any state or educational requirements satisfied for secondary teaching;

  • courses equivalent to MATH 3205, 3500, 4000, and 4600;

  • a course in computer programming.

Students who enter the program with a deficiency in the courses listed above must take them at UW, but these courses may not be counted toward the course requirements of the M.S.T./M.A.T. program.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Computational Science Minor

In recognition of the importance of modeling and simulation in an increasing number of applications, the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Computational Science Minor is intended to help prepare science, math, and engineering students for leading roles in their professions.

The Undergraduate Minor in Computational Science is based on the following requirements:

  1. The student must earn 15 credit hours in specified courses.

  2. Within the 15 credits, the student must earn 9 credits at the upper-division level (3000 or above).

  3. Within the 15 credits, the student must earn 6 credits outside of her/his major.

  4. Within the 15 credits, the student must earn at least 6 credits in core courses.

  5. Only grades of C or better will be accepted for the minor.

The 15 hours of coursework are divided between core and elective courses as listed below.

Core Courses           

  • Numerical Analysis (Math 4340/COSC 4340)

  • High-Performance Computing (Offered as a topics course.)

  • Scientific Computing (MATH 3340/COSC 3340).

  • Statistical Computing and Modeling (STAT 4460).

 Elective Courses

  • Computational Biology (BOT 4550/5550)

  • Algorithms and Data Structures (COSC 3020)

  • Mathematical and Computational Methods in Physics (PHYS 4840)

  • Molecular Modeling (CHEM 4560/5560)

  • C with Numerical Methods for Engineers (ES 3070)

  • Mathematical Modeling (MATH 4300)

  • Introduction to Finite Element Methods (ME 4040)

  • Principles of Database Systems (COSC 4820)

Send an email to Dr. Dan Stanescu for questions about the graduate minor in Interdisciplinary Computational Science.

Graduate Assistantships

The mathematics program employs approximately 25 graduate assistants each year. Assistantships include a full tuition and fee waiver, a monthly living stipend, and health insurance. Ph.D. students normally receive a higher stipend than master’s students.

Teaching assistants teach or assist with the teaching of an undergraduate course each semester.

Students may also compete for research assistantships, provided that their interests align with an externally funded research project. Summer support is not guaranteed but is usually available through teaching and research opportunities.

Renewal of funding and continuation in the mathematics graduate program is dependent upon the student’s adequate progress towards graduation and satisfactory completion of assistantship duties.

Program-Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Programs: M.A. and M.S. Plan A and Plan B

The math department maintains 4 tracks by which students may obtain a Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degree in mathematics.

The following requirements are common to all four tracks:

  • The student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

  • The student must complete 30 hours of formal mathematics coursework at the 5000 level.

  • As part of the 30 hours of formal 5000-level mathematics courses, the student must complete the following courses with a grade of B or better:

    • o MATH 5200: Real Variables I,

    • o MATH 5230: Complex Variables I,

    • o MATH 5310: Computational Methods I

    • o MATH 5400: Methods of Applied Mathematics I,

    • o MATH 5500: Advanced Linear Algebra, and

    • o MATH 5550: Abstract Algebra I.

  • The student must pass the department’s Foundation Exam. This exam covers material from advanced vector calculus and linear algebra at the upper-division undergraduate level and is offered before the beginning of each semester.

  • Take one hour of the seminar 4970: Professional Development in Mathematics and one hour of the seminar 4970: Professional Development in Teaching.

In addition to the common elements above, students must select and complete one of the capstone experiences described in the tracks below.

Track #1: Master's Thesis (Plan A)

Within the 30 hours of 5000-level courses, the Plan A student must complete 4 hours of MATH 5960: Thesis Research. At least 26 hours of 5000-level coursework must be math-content courses (not thesis research).

The student must prepare a master’s thesis (Plan A) and give an oral defense of the thesis. In the mathematics program, a Plan A thesis reports on the result(s) of independent and original research completed by the student under the direction of a faculty member. The thesis should describe the research and its results and be written to the standards of the appropriate area of mathematics.

Track #2: Master's Paper (Plan B)

The student must prepare a master’s paper (Plan B) and give an oral defense.

To write a Plan B paper, the student must present an expository paper on a designated mathematical subject. Students are guided by their advisor in the subject matter and in the preparation of the paper. A successful paper and defense demonstrates that the student has mastered a substantial mathematical topic that is beyond those covered in formal foundational coursework.

Track #3: Coursework/Project (Plan B)

A second M.A. or M.S. option exists for the Plan B student. In lieu of writing a paper, the student takes a sequence of three 5000-level courses that all address a common mathematical theme. The sequence must be approved by the student’s advisor and the mathematics graduate committee. Two of the courses must be mathematics-department offerings, and the third may be either a mathematics course (including reading/topics courses) or a course from another department in a related field.

  • The student must complete an additional 6 hours of courses at the 5000 level. Thus, Track #3 requires the completion of 36 hours of graduate-level coursework.

  • Within the 36 hours, the student must propose and complete with a grade of B or better an appropriate 3-course sequence

  • The student will write a short paper illustrating how the common mathematical theme of the sequence manifests itself in the content of each course and give a presentation/defense of the paper.

In approving the student’s proposal for this option, the graduate committee and the advisor will consider how the writing and independent study spirit of the Plan B option are fulfilled within the recommended plan.

Track #4: Qualifying Exam (Plan B)

A third M.A. or M.S. option exists for the Plan B student. In lieu of writing a paper or taking additional coursework, the student must take and pass the department’s PhD Qualifying Examination in one of the three areas: Analysis, Algebra, or Applied Mathematics. These examinations focus on the material in the required courses.

  • Pass one of the department’s qualifying exams in:

    • o Analysis (MATH 5200 and MATH 5230)

    • o Algebra (MATH 5500 and MATH 5550)

    • o Applied Mathematics (MATH 5310 and MATH 5400)

  • The oral component of this Track will consist of a defense of the student’s written answers to qualifying exam.

These examinations are given twice a year at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. This option is intended for students who will continue for a PhD at UW.

Doctoral Program

The student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

The student must teach two semesters of college mathematics.

The student must complete a combination of 72 hours of coursework and dissertation research. Within the 72 hours, a maximum of 12 hours can be at the 4000 level, and 42 hours must be formal courses at the 5000 level. The courses must be mathematics courses or courses with significant mathematical content, as approved by the department's graduate committee.

Within the 42 hours of 5000-level courses, the student must:

  • Complete MATH 5200, 5230, 5310, 5400, 5500, and 5550 with a grade of B or better.

  • Take two hours of MATH 5800-02, Seminars and Colloquia.

  • Complete the courses distributed in three areas: algebra, analysis, and applied mathematics. The student must take at least two courses in each of two categories and at least one course from the third category. The department maintains a list of course categories.

In addition, the student must:

  • Pass the foundation exam, the qualifying exam in the student's research area, and the preliminary exam.

  • Write a dissertation containing the student's original mathematical results and present an oral defense of the research.

  • Take one hour of the seminar 4970: Professional Development in Mathematics and one hour of the seminar 4970: Professional Development in Teaching.

Mathematics (MATH) Courses

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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Fall and Spring: 8am - 5pm

Summer Hours: 7:30am - 4:30pm

Ross Hall Rm. #224

Dept. 3036, 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-3036

Phone: 307-766-4221

Fax: 307-766-6838



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