2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
    May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Mathematics (M.S.)


Program Coordinator/Contact

Kurt D. Cogswell, Department Head
Donald Vestal, Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Chicoine Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Hall 209, Box 2225
605-688-6196

Program Information

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 Ph.D. or other Ph.D. program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand mathematical or statistical models.
  • Students will be able to construct and apply standard mathematical and statistical models.
  • Students will be able to solve problems using appropriate software to implement the appropriate models.
  • Students will be able to disseminate the results of their work to others.
  • Students will be able to apply Argument Deconstruction in mathematics and statistics.

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.

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

Select one of the following options


Option A - Thesis


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: 6.5
Duolingo: 115

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

Accelerated Master’s Program


The accelerated Master’s program will be available to eligible SDSU students. Up to 12 credits applied to the undergraduate degree may be used to satisfy graduate credit. Students must follow SDSU Policy 2:22 Use of Graduate Credit for Undergraduate Degree Requirements.

General Requirements


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

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