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Mathematics and Statistics

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Mathematics and Statistics - Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Mathematics (code MATHMS01)

Option in Applied Mathematics (code MATHMS02)

Option in Mathematics Education for Secondary School Teachers (code MATHMS04)

Master of Science in Applied Statistics (code MATHMS05)

How to Apply

See department’s website: www.csulb.edu/depts/math/

To apply for admission to a graduate program in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, you must apply to the department and to the university.

To apply to the department, send one of the following appropriate prerequisite worksheet to the Graduate Advisor by July 1 for fall admission or December 1 for spring admission:

  • Worksheet (available online at above website or from the department office);
  • Pure Mathematics Prerequisite Worksheet;
  • Applied Mathematics Prerequisite Worksheet;
  • Applied Statistics Prerequisite Worksheet;
  • Mathematics Education for Secondary Teachers Prerequisite Worksheet.

Master of Science in Mathematics (code MATHMS01)

Prerequisites

  • 1. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics, or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 upper division units in mathematics from an accredited college or university;
  • 2. A grade of "C" or better in MATH 247, 361A-B, 364A and 444, or their equivalents. Deficiencies will be determined by the Graduate Advisor.

Advancement to Candidacy

The regulations governing the master's degree are those in effect at the time of advancement to candidacy. In addition to University requirements, the student must have completed all prerequisite courses listed above with no grade less than “C”. Students must have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and should file for Advancement upon completion of at least six units (and no more than nine units) on the Program, with at least a 3.0 GPA. Program of study must be approved by the appropriate Graduate Advisor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics Chair, Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Requirements

  • 1. A minimum of 30 graduate and approved upper-division units in mathematics including:
    • A. Three of the following courses:
      • MATH 540A, 550A, 561A, or 562A.
    • B. Two additional courses selected from MATH 540B, 550B, 561B, or 562B.
    • C. An additional 3 units of 500-level mathematics courses.
  • 2. Complete one of the following:
    • A. Pass a comprehensive written examination in two areas of Pure Mathematics. Specific requirements for passing of the comprehensive examinations can be found on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website at www.csulb.edu/depts/math.
    • B. Subject to the approval of the Pure Mathematics, write a thesis in mathematics and defend it orally.

Option in Applied Mathematics (code MATHMS02)

Prerequisites

  • 1. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, or engineering, or a bachelor's degree with at least 24 upper division units in mathematics from an accredited college or university.
  • 2. A grade of “C” or better in MATH 247, 323, 361A/B, 364A, and MATH/STAT 380, or their equivalents. Deficiencies will be determined by the Graduate Advisor.

Advancement to Candidacy

The regulations governing the master's degree are those in effect at the time of advancement to candidacy. In addition to University requirements, the student must have completed all prerequisite courses listed above, with no grade less than “C”. Students must have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and should file for Advancement upon completion of at least six units (and no more than nine units) on the program, with at least a 3.0 GPA. Program of study must be approved by the appropriate Graduate Advisor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics Chair, Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Requirements

  • 1. A minimum of 30 graduate and upper division units approved by the Graduate Advisor, and including:
    • A. Three of the following courses:
      • MATH 563, 570, 576 and 579.
    • B. Three additional courses selected from:
      • MATH 520, 521, 564, 573, 574, 575, 577, 578, and the course in 1.A not used to satisfy that requirement.
  • 2. Complete one of the following:
    • A. Pass a comprehensive written examination in two subjects of Applied Mathematics. Specific requirements for passing of the comprehensive examinations can be found on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website at www.csulb.edu/depts/math.
    • B. Subject to the approval of the Applied Mathematics Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, write a thesis in applied mathematics and defend it orally.
    • C. Subject to the approval of the Applied Mathematics Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, complete a non-proprietary applied mathematics thesis project with a local company under the guidance of a faculty advisor in applied mathematics and a project leader from the company. Write a final report on the thesis project and its outcomes, and defend it orally. Specific requirements for completion of the thesis project can be found on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website at www.csulb.edu/depts/math.

Option in Mathematics Education for Secondary School Teachers (code MATHMS04)

Option in Mathematics Education for Secondary School Teachers is designed for people holding a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics and teaching in middle, junior high, or high schools. This option will give students greater expertise in mathematics and mathematics education (curriculum, teaching, learning, assessment and research). The program includes a blend of courses from pure and applied mathematics, statistics, mathematics education, and also may include coursework from the College of Education.

Prerequisites

  • 1. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics or mathematics education, or a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 upper division units in mathematics from an accredited college or university.
  • 2. A California Single Subject Credential in Mathematics.
  • 3. Course work in mathematics should include MATH 247, 310, 341, 355, 361A or 364A, and MATH/STAT 380 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better.

Advancement to Candidacy

The regulations governing the master's degree are those in effect at the time of advancement to candidacy. In addition to University requirements stated elsewhere in this Catalog, must have completed prerequisites above and must have satisfied the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Must file for Advancement to Candidacy after completion of at least 6 units (and recommend filing before completing 9 units) on Program of Study, with an overall 3.0 grade-point average. Program of Study must be approved by Mathematics Education Graduate Advisor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics Chair and Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Requirements

  • 1. A minimum of 30 units of graduate level or approved upper division coursework which includes the following:
    • A. A minimum of 9 graduate or approved upper-division units of mathematics, including at least one 500-level mathematics course. If not previously taken for BS or credential, this course of study must include:
      • MATH 410 History of Modern Mathematics (3)
      • MATH 444 Introduction to Abstract Algebra (3)
    • B. A minimum of 15 graduate units of mathematics education including:
      • 1) Take both of the following:
        • MTED 511 Mathematics Teaching and Learning (3)
        • MTED 512 Curriculum and Assessment in Math (3)
      • 2) At least 9 units in mathematics education chosen in consultation with the Mathematics Education Graduate Advisor from the following courses:
        • MTED 540, 550, 560, 580, 590, 695
    • C. A minimum of 6 units of approved upper division or graduate electives from mathematics, mathematics education, or approved College of Education courses, chosen in consultation with the Mathematics Education Graduate Advisor. If the student plans to teach at the Community College level, she/he must take at least 18 units of graduate or approved upper division mathematics from parts A and C. If the student intends to do a thesis or thesis project he/she must take EDP 520 or the equivalent.
  • 2. Complete one of the following two options:
    • A. Pass two comprehensive written examinations in mathematics education (one representing MTED 511/512 and one in a selected area - MTED 540, 550, 560, or 580);
    • B. Subject to the approval of the Mathematics Education Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, write a thesis in mathematics education and defend it orally (MTED 698);

Mathematics Education Thesis/Thesis Project

Students choosing the thesis/thesis project option must consult with the Mathematics Education Graduate Advisor to select a thesis advisor. A proposal is then written in consultation with the mathematics education faculty advisor who will guide the student in choosing the thesis/thesis project topic and supervise the writing process. After a thesis/thesis project topic is chosen it must be approved by the Mathematics Education Committee. A thesis committee of three faculty members, including the thesis advisor, is then chosen to approve the final work. During the writing of the thesis/thesis project report, students must enroll in MTED 698.

Master of Science in Applied Statistics (code MATHMS05)

Prerequisites

  • 1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 2. A grade of “B” or better in MATH 247, MATH/STAT 380, and STAT 381 or their equivalents.

Advancement to Candidacy

In addition to University requirements, the student must have completed all prerequisite courses listed above, with no grade less than “B”. Students must have satisfied the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and should file for Advancement upon completion of at least six units (and no more than nine units) of the Program, with at least a 3.0 GPA. Program of study must be approved by the appropriate Graduate Advisor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics Chair, Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Requirements

  • 1. A minimum of 30 graduate and 400 level units in statistics (STAT) and could include upper division/graduate non-statistics units approved by the statistics graduate advisor, and including:
    • A. STAT 510, 520, 530.
    • B. Four additional courses selected from 500 level STAT courses or 400 level STAT courses.
    • C. A minimum of 18 units at the 500/600 level, including at least 15 units of graduate courses in statistics (STAT) other than STAT 697 or 698.
  • 2. Complete one of the following:
    • A. Pass comprehensive written examinations in two areas of statistics.
    • B. Subject to the approval of the Statistics Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, write a thesis in statistics and defend it orally.
    • C. Subject to the approval of the Statistics Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, complete a non-propriatary statistical project with an industrial company under the guidance of a faculty advisor in statistics. Write a final report and give an oral presentation of the project and its outcomes to the department. Specific requirements for completion of the project can be found on the department’s statistics webpage at www.csulb.edu/depts/stat.