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Students in the Master's program can choose a program of study to prepare them for Ph.D. programs in mathematics, for teaching at a pre-university level, for a career in probability or statistics, or for actuarial work. For those students who are interested in computer science as well as mathematics, a program can be arranged so that students do approximately one-half of their work in mathematics and one-half in computer science, each area complementing the other.

Program for the Master of Arts in Mathematics

Requirements for Matriculation: These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for admission.

  1. To be admitted to the program, a candidate must have at least 25 credits in advanced courses in mathematics and related fields (such as computer science and physics). At least 12 credits must be in mathematics, including advanced calculus and linear algebra, with an average of at least B in the mathematics courses. Applicants not meeting these requirements must secure special permission of the department, and may be required to take courses to remove the deficiencies without receiving graduate credit.
  2. At least two of the written recommendations must be from the applicant's undergraduate instructors and must deal with the ability of the applicant to pursue graduate work in mathematics.
  3. The applicant must have the approval of the Departmental Committee of the Graduate Program.
  4. The applicant's plan of study must be approved by the department.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree: These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for the Master of Arts degree. The Department of Mathematics offers to the student the opportunity to obtain the Master of Arts degree either in Pure Mathematics or with a concentration in Applied Mathematics.

Master of Arts in Pure Mathematics

  1. A candidate for this degree is required to complete Mathematics 621, 628, 701, 702, and 703. A total of 30 credits required for the degree must be in mathematics, except that, with the approval of the Mathematics Department, a limited number of appropriate courses in physics or computer science may be substituted for mathematics courses. It is required that the program be completed with an average of B or better.
  2. Each candidate for the degree must pass an oral examination.

Master of Arts with a Concentration in Applied Mathematics

  1. A candidate for this degree is re-quired to complete 30 credits in an approved sequence of graduate-level courses in mathematics and related fields. All students must achieve a solid grounding in the three areas of probability and statistics, analytic methods, and numerical methods. This can be achieved by taking the following mathematics courses: 621, 624, 625, 628, and 633; or by demonstrating competence in specific areas to the satisfaction of the department; or by taking an alternative program of courses selected with the advisement and approval of the Graduate Adviser. A list of current courses and suggested programs of study will be made available. Students may obtain permission to design programs tailored to their individual needs. It is required that the Master's program be completed with an average of B or better.
  2. Each candidate will be required to pass a written examination in an area of specialization to be approved by the Mathematics Department.
  3. Students will be encouraged to obtain practical experience in applied mathematics by working for private businesses or governmental agencies participating in the Queens College Cooperative Education program.

Program for the Master of Science in Education Degree

Requirements for Matriculation: These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for admission. To be admitted to the program a candidate must have:
  1. A cumulative index and Mathematics index of at least B, as well as a B index in education are required for matriculated status. Students who do not meet the above requirements may be permitted to enter as probationary matriculants. Probationary status will be removed when the first 12 credits of approved course work have been completed with a minimum average of B.
  2. At least 21 credits in college-level mathematics courses. These courses must include intermediate calculus and linear algebra, with an average of at least B. Note that before taking the mathematics courses that go toward the Master¹s Degree, students must have a total of 36 credits in college-level mathematics.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.

Requirements for the Degree:

  1. Candidates in this program have two advisers, one in the Department of Secondary Education and Youth Services and one in the Department of Mathematics. The Education Adviser should be consulted first to plan out the required course work.
  2. Students must take 15 credits in mathematics and 15 credits in Secondary Education.Note that the course work in mathematics usually includes study in the History of Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, and Geometry. Students must consult their adviser to plan an appropriate course of study.
  3. Students are required to pass an oral examination in mathematics. This exam is given by two of the student¹s professors and is based on the content of the two courses. The student may decide on the professors and submits a request to the Mathematics Adviser who then schedules the oral examination.
     



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