Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF NATURAL & APPLIED SCIENCES | Department of Mathematics & Statistics | Master of Science in Mathematics | NDU


The mission of the NDU program for a Master of Science in Mathematics is to provide high quality instruction to students, to expose them to a significant range of advanced mathematical disciplines, and to build up their reasoning and analytical skills, thereby enabling them to:
  1. 1.Pursue teaching at the high school or college level;
  2. 2.Secure employment in positions which require analytical ability;
  3. 3.Achieve the experience necessary to pursue research in Mathematics; and
  4. 4.Pursue Ph.D. programs in Mathematics or related fields.

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Program Educational Objectives

The main objectives of the program of the Master of Science in Mathematics are to:

  1. 1.Prepare students for successful professional careers in mathematics or related areas;
  2. 2.Equip students with skills relevant to the practice of advanced mathematics, among which are independent and critical thinking and problem-solving techniques;
  3. 3.Build up the students’ oral and written mathematical communication skills which enable them to present their ideas efficiently;
  4. 4.Equip students with academic and analytical skills needed to pursue Ph.D. programs in mathematics or related disciplines; and
  5. 5.Promote collaborative work among students to help them function effectively in a professional workplace or in a graduate program.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Master of Science in Mathematics aims to prepare scientists and professionals in possessing expert knowledge of the theoretical principles that form the basis of mathematical sciences. Among the common learning outcomes:

  1. 1.Theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced general concepts, of the inductive method of logical-deductive reasoning and of principles and techniques of fundamentals of mathematics;
  2. 2.Students will demonstrate the ability to write mathematics well, consistent with the written tradition of the discipline. Additionally, they will be able to communicate mathematical ideas effectively by completing a thesis;
  3. 3.In-depth knowledge of fundamental concepts of mathematics as applied to science and other areas of mathematics and to interconnect the role of pure and applied mathematics;
  4. 4.The ability to reason mathematically by constructing mathematically significant proofs and careful arguments. Further, students will be able to work with autonomy, make conjectures, solve problems, and test the accuracy of their work; and
  5. 5.An overview of the area of scientific research and development concerned and in-depth knowledge of at least one area in the field of fundamental mathematics so that the international research literature can be understood.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, students holding a BS in mathematics with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or the equivalent will be accepted, while those with a cumulative GPA of 2.7-2.99 or the equivalent will be conditionally accepted. The conditional acceptance will be removed when the student receives a minimum of a “B” average for the 6 credits taken during his/her first semester. Students from other relevant majors may be also given conditional admission pending completion of some supplementary courses over and above the 33 credits required for the MS in mathematics, as specified by the faculty graduate committee, with a minimum of a “B” average. These supplementary credits do not count towards the 33 credits required for the MS degree. Normally, a maximum of nine transfer credits from previous graduate work completed at another accredited institution of higher education may be transferred upon the discretion of the faculty graduate committee.

Graduation Requirements

To satisfy the requirements for the degree of a Master of Science in Mathematics, the student must complete a total of 33 credits with an overall average of at least 3.0/4.0.


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