Oct 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, MS


This degree, offered by SJSU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics  is appropriate for students who seek to deepen their knowledge of mathematics and its applications for work in the research and development area of industry.

Requirements for Admission

Candidates must meet all the university admission requirements . Students can be admitted in either classified or conditionally classified standing. If an applicant’s preparation for advanced graduate work is considered inadequate to meet the course prerequisites or other departmental requirements, the conditions will include taking preparatory courses to meet these requirements. Such courses will not count as units that fulfill the master’s degree program requirements.

Applicants from countries in which the native language is not English must achieve a minimum English-language proficiency test score as indicated on the Graduate Program Test Requirements webpage at GAPE.

Classified Standing

To enter this program with classified standing, a student must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate Division, have completed 18 semester units of upper-division mathematics with a GPA of at least 3.0, and have one to three letters of recommendation submitted on his or her behalf. The coursework must be acceptable toward a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and may not be counted toward the MS degree.

Conditionally Classified Standing

A student who meets the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate Division but does not satisfy the mathematics coursework requirements stated above may be admitted as a conditionally classified student. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. The individual admission letter will explain the required terms and conditions for attaining classified standing. After arrival at SJSU, a conditionally accepted student must complete additional coursework to make up the unit deficiency in order to achieve classified status. These make-up units will not be included in the MA degree unit requirement total.

Requirements for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy

To advance to candidacy  for the MS degree, a student must meet the university candidacy requirements, as stated in this catalog. The University requires that all graduate students complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  as a condition for advancement to candidacy. For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) website at www.sjsu.edu/gape.

The student must complete the Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy form. This form lists, among other things, all the coursework to be counted toward the master’s degree. After the form has been signed by the student’s thesis or writing project director (if applicable) and the Graduate Coordinator, it is forwarded to GAPE for final approval. Any subsequent changes to the student’s program require approval from GAPE.

Requirements for Graduation

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, GPA, and culminating experience requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements  section of the Graduate Policies and Procedures .

Program Graduation Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

Culminating Experience

Students must choose one of three options: The Plan A (Thesis), Plan B (Project), or Plan B (Comprehensive Examination).

Plan A (Thesis)

A student who selects the Thesis option must find a willing tenured or tenure-track faculty member to serve as the thesis advisor, and complete a thesis under that advisor’s supervision. The thesis must be reviewed and approved by a committee composed of the advisor and two other faculty members chosen by the student in consultation with the advisor. The student must give a public presentation on the thesis, which is followed by an oral examination (defense) conducted by the committee. Theses must be filed with the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, subject to the rules and deadlines established by the College of Graduate Studies.

Thesis students must enroll in MATH 299  (3 units). Students receive credit when the thesis is completed, successfully defended, and all committee members have signed off on it. Students who do not complete their theses during the semester in which they are enrolled in MATH 299  will receive a grade of “RP” for that course. If all other degree requirements have been completed, students must subsequently enroll in MATH 1290R  in compliance with university regulations until the thesis is completed, defended, and approved by College of Graduate Studies.

Plan B (Project)

A student who selects the Project option must find a willing tenured or tenure-track faculty member to serve as the project advisor, and complete a written project under that advisor’s supervision. The project must be reviewed and approved by a committee composed of the advisor and two other faculty members chosen by the student in consultation with the advisor. The student must give a public presentation on the project, which is followed by an oral examination (defense) conducted by the committee.

Students choosing the Plan B (Project) option must enroll in MATH 298  (3 units). Students receive credit when the writing project is completed, successfully defended, and all committee members have signed off on it. Students who do not complete their projects during the semester in which they are enrolled in MATH 298  will receive a grade of “RP” for that course. If all other degree requirements have been completed, students must subsequently sign up for MATH 1290R  in compliance with university regulations until the writing project is completed and defended.

Plan B (Comprehensive Examination)

Students who select this option must pass two written comprehensive examinations. One examination will be in Numerical Analysis (MATH 243A  and MATH 243M ). The second exam will be in Differential Equations/Dynamical Systems (MATH 233A  and MATH 234 ). 

Students choosing the Plan B (Comprehensive Exam) option must enroll in an additional elective (3 units) selected in consultation with the program graduate advisor. Students complete the program Culminating Experience when they pass both exams. Students who successfully complete all other program requirements but not one or both exams must subsequently enroll in MATH 1290R  for the following semester or semesters in compliance with the university requirement for continuous enrollment until both exams have been passed in one sitting. 

Master’s Requirements (33 units)


Applied Mathematics


Select one of the following courses in consultation with the graduate advisor:

Statistics


Select one of the following courses in consultation with the graduate advisor:

Additional Electives (3 units)


Complete one 100-level or 200-level course selected in consultation with MS Mathematics Advisor. Elective courses may include a maximum of 3 units of MATH 280  and/or MATH 297A . Courses excluded are: MATH 100W , MATH 101 , MATH 102 , MATH 105 , MATH 106 , MATH 107A , MATH 107B , MATH 188I MATH 201A , MATH 201B , and MATH 287 .

Culminating Experience (3 units)


Plan A (Thesis)


Plan B (Project)


Plan B (Comprehensive Exam)


  • Additional 3-unit elective selected in consultation with graduate advisor
  • Comprehensive Exam

Total Units Required (33 units)


Elective courses must be planned in consultation with the MS Mathematics Advisor.

The maximum number of upper-division undergraduate units that can be applied toward the master’s degree is 6.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student must have achieved minimum candidacy and SJSU cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 in order to graduate.