2.5-General M.S. Program Guidelines

(2.5) General M.S. Program Guidelines

(2.5.1) Minimum Number of Courses/Independent Study

As a condition of satisfactory progress, all M.S. students receiving full time financial support from the Department of Mathematics are expected to take three courses each semester (exclusive of seminar courses) that are either part of program requirements or represent approved or mandated prerequisite courses. In addition, they are expected to satisfactorily complete with a grade of B or better at least two graduate mathematics courses in the Department of Mathematics each semester toward fulfillment of their program requirements. These must be courses which count toward meeting their credit requirements, with the sole possible exception of Math 451. Courses taken for audit do not count toward maintenance of satisfactory progress or these minimum enrollments. Failure to maintain satisfactory progress may result in the withdrawal of financial assistance.

Independent Study cannot be used to fulfill program requirements until the student has successfully completed the applicable core course requirements.

(2.5.2) The Academic Advising of M.S. Students

Within the first year of study, each M.S. student will be assigned a faculty advisor, who is a member of the graduate faculty. The advisor's duties include offering the advisee academic advice to the best benefit of the advisee, signing the registration forms of the advisee, helping the advisee to prepare the plan of study, and reminding the advisee of the academic deadlines. An Advisory Committee, consisting of three faculty members, will be appointed. For students not writing a thesis or project, the Advisory Committee will normally consist of the faculty advisor, together with the graduate director and associate graduate director.

The advisee may consult with the graduate director directly should the advisee feel uncomfortable in discussing a problem with the current advisor. In the event that the advisor is the graduate director, the advisee should consult the chair person of the department under this situation.

Students will be advised by the graduate director before the appointment of their advisors.

(2.5.3) Duration of Financial Support

An M.S. student will be supported as a graduate assistant by the department of mathematics for up to two years, assuming that the student remains in good standing and is making satisfactory progress. Any extension must be approved by the Graduate Committee.

(2.5.4) M.S. program course work

Courses at the 400-level do not count toward meeting credit hour requirements except for Math 452, and under other conditions explicitly noted in this document. Credit hours in research, graduate seminar, and teaching practicum, also do not count toward meeting course work credit hour requirements. Certain graduate courses designed for secondary-school mathematics teachers may be used for credit only within the Mathematics for Educators option, and certain courses offered for inservice mathematics teachers normally do not count for M.S. program credit hour requirements.

(2.5.5) Alternative to certain required courses/grades

The Graduate Committee will consider requests from students for alternatives to certain of the above course/grade requirements in the following special circumstances:

A. A student who receives a grade of C in Math 541, Math 551, or Math 581, when a grade of B is required, may petition the Graduate Committee to allow the student, as an alternative to that requirement, to obtain at least a B in the subsequent course in the sequence (Math 641,651,681 respectively), and to pass the corresponding M.S. Advanced Exam at the M.S. level. The exam may be taken as part of the normal examination requirements in Options A or C, or may be taken apart from, or in addition to, those requirements, for purposes of fulfilling the alternative requirement.

B. Advanced students who have a background equivalent to certain of the required M.S. courses, may, with approval of the Graduate Director, substitute a more advanced course in the same subject area, or pass the corresponding M.S. Advanced Exam at the M.S. level, or, with a sufficiently strong background, have the requirement waived on the basis of demonstrated expertise obtained from prior course work. Overall credit hour requirements, however, will not be reduced. This section is aimed primarily at more advanced students admitted to the Ph.D. program who subsequently wish to obtain an M.S. degree.

(2.5.6) Exam policy for M.S. Students continuing on to the Ph.D. program

An M.S. student who takes the M.S. Advanced Exam/Ph.D. Entrance Examination will have their examinations in each subject graded as Ph.D. pass, M.S. pass, or fail. If they achieve a pass at the Ph.D. level in a given subject area, this result may be used as part of the Ph.D. Entrance Exam if they subsequently enroll in the Ph.D. program within 5 years. Overall, any subject area exam may be attempted a maximum of three times while a graduate student.

In the awarding or continuation of graduate assistantships in the Ph.D. program, performance on the M.S./Ph.D. Exam will be a consideration. To be considered for, or to maintain such awards, M.S. students who proceed directly into the Ph.D. program are required to pass two subject areas at the Ph.D. level by no later than the second time the exam is offered after they enroll in the Ph.D. program, and to pass any subject area attempted at the Ph.D. level by the second attempt overall while a student in either graduate degree program. Cases in which these conditions are not met, or in which an M.S. student interrupts their studies for a year or more after graduation before enrolling in the Ph.D. program, can be considered by the Graduate Committee on an individual basis.