2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 15, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mathematics (M.S.) - Statistics Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact
Kurt D. Cogswell, Department Head
Donald Vestal, Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering 209, Box 2220C
E-mail: donald.vestal@sdstate.edu

Program Information
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a large, diverse, and active organization. The department’s mission is to provide excellent instruction, conduct high-quality research and scholarly activity, and prepare graduates and provide mathematical and statistical services that are both regionally relevant and internationally competitive. The department offer students the opportunity to pursue master’s and doctoral level graduate studies in a collegial environment with small class sizes and high faculty-student interaction and research activity.

The focus of the M.S. in Mathematics Program is the development of sophisticated mathematical models and their implementation on high performance computing platforms. The curriculum features a balance of application, computation, and theory with particular emphasis in the areas of operations research, computational science, and the development of probabilistic and deterministic models. Areas of faculty and graduate student research activity include computational biology, computational finance, molecular dynamics simulation, operations research, optimization, and Ramsey theory. The program is particularly effective at preparing graduates to work in business, industry, or government as well as preparing students to continue on to the CSS PhD or other PhD program.

Course Delivery Format
Courses will typically be delivered in on-campus classrooms, with occasional courses offered online.

Facilities and Services
The department offices are located in Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering 209. The Math Help Center, located in AME 292 and in the Biostress Basement 0020, provides free walk-in tutoring for students in several undergraduate courses.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities
The department has graduate research and teaching assistantships and fellowships are available for a number of qualified applicants.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Science Option A - Thesis 30 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 35 Credit Hours

Core Requirements

Students should complete the sequence listed below and pass the corresponding comprehensive exam.

Each exam will be offered twice per year, approximately three weeks after the end of each of the fall and spring semesters.

Students may take each exam as many times as they like.  After a second failure on a particular exam, a remediation program will be recommended by that exam’s committee. 

The written comprehensive exam requirement must be completed prior to scheduling the final oral examination.

Select one of the following options

Option A - Thesis

  • MATH 798 - Thesis Credits: 1-7 (5 credits required)
  • Additional electives as needed to complete requirements

Option B - Research/Design Paper

Option C - Coursework Only

  • Approved Electives

Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 35 (Option C)

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Mathematics requirement of 575 paper-based, 90-91 Internet-based
IELTS: 6.0

Students who are interested in an assistantship are strongly encouraged to submit letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s experience with teaching and research.

General Requirements

Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .

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