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The Master of Science in Mathematics program is designed to prepare students for a career in private industry, to deepen the content knowledge of secondary teachers or for continued graduate study.

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.

  2. Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum (or equivalent) of a Mississippi College undergraduate minor in Mathematics. The suitability of courses will be determined by the graduate faculty.

  3. GRE Requirement:
    Verbal: 146 or better
    Quantitative: 141 or better
    Students seeking Class AA Educator License must have a composite score of 1000 or better on the pre-1983 NTE or have met the State minimum scores on the three sections of the NTE Core Battery (Communication Skills-651; General Knowledge-646; Professional Knowledge-649) or PPST (Reading-172; Writing-173; Mathematics-172) or CBT (Reading-316; Writing-318; Mathematics-314).
  4. To receive AA educator license a copy of the Class A Standard Educator License from the State of Mississippi must be supplied with your application. Your application cannot be processed without it.

Requirements of the Program

  1. A minimum of 30 semester hours of MAT graduate work must be completed. Any PHY graduate course may be substituted in lieu of up to 9 of these hours.
  2. The following courses are required:
    MAT 5426 - Advanced Calculus
    MAT 6520 - Selected Topics from Higher Algebra, or
    MAT 6526 - Real Analysis
  3. All graduate students must complete  MAT 6501 - Graduate Reading Research or complete a thesis in Mathematics but may not receive credit for both. The thesis may be substituted for up to 6 semester hours of course work and is strongly recommended for students anticipating entering a doctoral program.
  4. At least 15 semester hours of the course work must be at the 6500-level. 
  5. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the MS must take an oral comprehensive examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. If applicable, the oral exam will also include a defense of the thesis. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.