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

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The mission of the Master of Science in Mathematics is to deliver high-quality instruction to students, exposing them to a wide range of advanced mathematical disciplines. The program aims to cultivate their reasoning and analytical skills, thereby empowering them to:

  • Pursue teaching at the high school or college level.
  • Secure employment in positions which require analytical ability.
  • Achieve the experience necessary to pursue research in Mathematics.
  • Pursue Ph.D. programs in Mathematics or related fields.

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.
  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.
  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 meeting the University's graduate admission requirements, applicants holding a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent will be accepted into the program. Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.7 and 2.99 or the equivalent will receive conditional acceptance. Conditional acceptance status will be removed once the student achieves a minimum of a "B" average for the 6 credits taken during their first semester.

Applicants from other relevant majors may also receive conditional admission, contingent upon the completion of supplementary courses beyond the 33 credits required for the MS in Mathematics. These supplementary credits, while required, will not count toward the 33 credits necessary for the MS degree. Typically, a maximum of nine transfer credits from prior graduate coursework completed at another accredited institution of higher education may be considered for transfer, subject to the discretion of the Faculty Graduate Committee (FGC).

Graduation Requirements

To satisfy the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Mathematics, the student must complete a total of 33 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 with no more than 2 Cs. The minimum passing grade of a graduate mathematics course is C.


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