
IRENA LASIECKA, PhD Chair 373 Dunn Hall (901) 6782482
RALPH FAUDREE, PhD Graduate Coordinator (Mathematics)
EBENEZER O. GEORGE, PhD Graduate Studies Coordinator (Statistics)
Email: gradstudies@msci.memphis.edu
www.msci.memphis.edu
I. The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
degrees with a major in Mathematical Sciences.
The areas of concentration for the MS degree are Applied Mathematics, Mathematics,
Teaching of Mathematics, and Statistics. Within the MS degree, students may complete
up to twelve credit hours in a collateral area approved by their advisor.
The areas of concentration for the Doctor of Philosophy degree are Applied Statistics
and Mathematics.
All graduate students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School
(see Admissions Regulations, Admission on International Students, Academic Regulations, and Minimum Degree Requirements) as well as the program requirements of the degree being pursued.
II. MS Degree Program, with concentrations in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Teaching
of Mathematics, and Statistics.
Program objectives are (1) development of thorough background in mathematical sciences,
including retention and integration of core knowledge; (2) development of research
skills in mathematics; and (3) development of interdisciplinary opportunities and
good oral and written communication skills.
A. Program Prerequisites
 GRE scores are required and are an important factor for admission.
 Two letters of recommendation.
 TOEFL scores are required for students whose native language is not English.
 An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
B. Program Requirements
 At least 24 credit hours at the 7000 level
 A passing grade on a comprehensive examination
 Each of the concentration areas has additional program prerequisites and requirements,
which are given below.
 Mathematics Concentration
 Prerequisite: An undergraduate degree with a major in mathematics or equivalent training.
 Requirements
 Satisfactory completion of 33 credit hours of graduate course work in a program approved
by the department.
 Satisfactory completion of at least 21 credit hours of graduate course work in mathematics
(A typical program will include at least two of the following twocourse sequences:
MATH 73507351, 72617262, 74117361.)
 Up to 3 credit hours from graduate level seminars may be applied to satisfy degree
requirements.
 Courses designed for the “Teaching of Mathematics” concentration cannot be used to
satisfy degree requirements.
 Applied Mathematics Concentration
 Prerequisite: An undergraduate degree with a major in mathematics or equivalent training.
Students should have some background in differential equations and linear algebra.
Students whose major was in a related field but not mathematics will be considered
on a casebycase basis.
 Requirements
 Satisfactory completion of at least 33 credit hours of graduate course work in a program
approved by the department.
 MATH 7350 is a required course.
 Satisfactory completion of at least 21 credit hours of graduate course work in applied
mathematics/mathematics. This course work must include at least 12 credit hours in
the following broadly defined core categories:
Calculus of Variations and Optimization Control Theory Differential Equations Financial Mathematics Mathematical Physics Modeling, Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computation
At least 6 of these 12 credit hours must be taken in the same core category. MATH
7996 does not count towards the required credit hours in the core categories.

Up to 3 credit hours from graduate level seminars may be applied to satisfy degree
requirements.

Courses designed for the “Teaching of Mathematics” concentration cannot be used to
satisfy degree requirements.
 Students may choose a thesis or nonthesis option. Nonthesis Option – Each student
must pass a final written fourhour comprehensive examination which may be broken
into several parts at the department’s discretion. The written comprehensive examination
covers topics contained in MATH 7350, 6 credit hours of course work in one of the
core categories (see item 3. in Requirements) and 3 credit hours of additional relevant
course work approved by the department. Thesis Option – Each student must enroll in
at least 3 credit hours of MATH 7996 and submit a written thesis acceptable to the
student’s advisory committee. A student must present and defend the thesis before
the student’s advisory committee. The oral defense of the thesis will encompass material
contained in the thesis and learned during course work and will count as the comprehensive
examination. Up to 6 credit hours of MATH 7996 can be used to satisfy degree requirements.
NOTE: Students should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.
 Statistics Concentration
 Prerequisites: three semesters of calculus and one semester of linear algebra.
 Requirements
 Satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours of graduate course work with a thesis or
33 credit hours of graduate course work without a thesis in a program approved by
the department.
 Satisfactory completion of the following courses: MATH 7642, 7643, 7647, 7654, 7685,
7762, and either MATH 7645 or MATH 7657, either MATH 7660 or MATH 7670.
 Graduate students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences may not receive credit
for both MATH 6637 and MATH 7643.
 Up to 3 credit hours from graduate level seminars may be applied to satisfy degree
requirements.
 Courses designed for the “Teaching of Mathematics” concentration cannot be used to
satisfy degree requirements.
 Teaching of Mathematics Concentration
 Prerequisite: In addition to the general prerequisites for the MS Degree program,
students will be required to have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or the equivalent.
 Requirements
 Satisfactory completion of at least 33 credit hours of graduate course work in a program
approved by the department.
 Core courses required for all students are: MATH 6151, MATH 7171, MATH 7174, MATH
7281; MATH 7282; MATH 7381; MATH 7382; MATH 7681; either ICL 7500 or ICL 7503.
 Elective courses must be approved by the department. Sample electives include: MATH
6242; MATH 6361; MATH 6411; MATH 7237; MATH 7996; ICL 7500; ICL 7503; ICL 7508.
 At least 27 hours must be at the 7000 or 8000 level and a minimum of 24 hours must
be mathematics coursework (MATH 7996 does not count toward this requirement).
 Students may choose a thesis or nonthesis option.
 Thesis Option  Each student must submit a thesis acceptable to the student’s advisory
committee. The thesis can be based on work done for Math 7996. A student may take
36 credithours in Math 7996; however, only 3 hours may be applied to the degree
requirement. Students must complete a research project, submit a written thesis describing
the research, orally present and defend the thesis before a faculty committee. Students
are also required to earn a passing grade on a comprehensive written examination.
The oral defense of the thesis will encompass material learned during course work
and will count as the comprehensive examination. NOTE: Students should familiarize
themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.
 Nonthesis Option  Pass a final written and oral comprehensive examination which
will be administered by the student’s Advisory Committee during the final semester
of residence. The content for the comprehensive written examination will be based
on the core curriculum of the program.
III. Accelerated BS/MS Degree Program, with concentrations in Applied Mathematics,
Mathematics, and Statistics
This program allows outstanding undergraduates to complete both a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mathematical Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences
with concentration in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics or Statistics. Students admitted
into the program will follow a carefully designed program of study which allows them
to begin course work for the Master of Science program during their senior year. Interested
students are encouraged to consult with their undergraduate advisor in the Department
of Mathematical Sciences and to begin planning to enter the accelerated BS/MS degree
program early in their undergraduate career. Through careful coordination with their
undergraduate and graduate advisors students will be able to graduate with both a
bachelor’s and master’s degree within a five year period.
To apply, students must have finished 18 credit hours of course work in mathematics
by the end of the semester of their application. Applicants must have a cumulative
GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) as well as a GPA of 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale) in their mathematics
courses. The initial application for the accelerated BS/MS degree program consists
of the following two parts:
 A letter of intent including two letters of reference and a copy of the applicant’s
transcript to be submitted to the Department of Mathematical Sciences
 Application with the Graduate School for “combination senior” status
To continue in the program beyond the bachelor’s degree, students must also apply
for full admission into the Graduate School and be accepted into the master’s program
by the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Up to 9 hours of graduate course work may be applied to both the undergraduate and
graduate programs. Details on courses that can be applied will be available in the
Department of Mathematical Sciences. However, any graduate course work will not be
used to calculate the undergraduate GPA.
IV. PhD Degree Program
A. Admission Requirements
 GRE scores are required and are an important factor for admission.
 Three letters of recommendation
 TOEFL scores are required for students whose native language is not English.
 An undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on
a 4.0 scale) or equivalent preparation
B. Program Requirements
 The doctoral degree program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 72 credit
hours of graduate credit (a minimum of 36 hours for a student entering with an approved
master’s degree). The 72 hours:
 may include a maximum of 12 hours of 6000 level coursework, but must include at least
18 hours of 8000 level course work;
 may include between 9 and 15 hours of dissertation (9000);
 cannot include courses designed for the “Teaching of Mathematics” concentration, and
 must include the satisfactory completion of one of the concentration requirements
listed below.
 Each student must:
 obtain a passing grade on a qualifying examination;
 obtain a passing grade on a comprehensive examination;
 complete an acceptable dissertation (Students should familiarize themselves with the
Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.); and
 pass a final examination given by a committee composed of departmental and university
representatives.
Detailed information can be obtained by contacting the graduate coordinator of the
department.
 Mathematics Concentration
 The PhD concentration in mathematics is designed so that students may pursue a degree
based on independent research or may choose a more broadly based program aimed toward
a college teaching career. Students may contact the department for more detailed information.
 Applied Statistics Concentration
 Students must complete the following courses: MATH 78642, 78651, 78670, 78692,
78695, and two courses from MATH 78759, 78763, 78764, and 78765. In addition,
students are required to give at least two formal presentations through taking MATH
78691
 Presentation of an acceptable dissertation proposal within six months after passing
the comprehensive examination. Students should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.
MATHEMATICS (MATH)
In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics
courses: MATH 601019. Special Topics in Mathematics and Statistics. (13). Topics are varied and announced in online class listings. PREREQUISITE: Permission
of instructor.
MATH 702049–802049. Special Topics in Mathematics (3).
MATH 7630763986308639. Special Topics in Statistics. (13). Topics are varied and announced in online class listings.
