Mathematics
MS
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Winter:September 15
Spring:January 15
Summer:January 15
Contact Information: 
275 TMCB
801-422-2062
gradschool@math.byu.edu
Program Requirements: 

Graduate mathematics courses: approved graduate mathematics courses include all classes numbered above 500. Temporary advisor: upon admission to the graduate program, the graduate coordinator will assign each student a temporary advisor until the student chooses a permanent one.  Students should communicate with their advisors as soon as they arrive on campus.

Requirements for Degree—Thesis Program.

  • Credit hours (30): minimum 24 course work hours in approved graduate mathematics with a grade of C+ or better in each and six thesis hours (Math 699R). Twelve of the course hours must be from 600-level courses. No credit is given for prerequisite courses such as Math 342 or Math 372.
  • Examinations:  Each student must pass a written master’s examination consisting of two 4-hour tests, namely an algebra exam and an analysis exam, essentially covering material from Math 313; Math 371; Math 372 or Math 473 for algebra, and Math 341; Math 342; Math 352 for analysis.

These exams will be administered 3 times per year. Both exams must be passed within the first year of matriculation in order for financial support to continue. This means that students will have three attempts to pass these exams.  With permission, however, undergraduates and other prospective graduate students can take and pass the exam early, prior to matriculation.

Exams will typically be scheduled during the week prior to the start of classes for Fall and Winter terms, usually the last week of August and first week of January. It will also be administered in mid to late February, usually during the President’s day weekend.  It is expected that exams will be graded and returned to the students within a week. Students will be encouraged to discuss the results of the exam with their advisors to decide which classes to take.

If students do not pass both exams by the end of their first academic year, financial support will be discontinued at the end of that semester. For example, if a student fails the third attempt in February, then the student will not be financially supported in the following spring and summer terms.

  • Thesis.  Each student in the program is required to write a thesis on a mathematical topic at a level well beyond what they encounter in the classroom.  The master's thesis usually includes an introductory chapter that is a comprehensive survey of the literature on the student's research topic.
  • Oral defense of thesis.  Upon completion of the thesis and before graduation, the student is required to give an oral presentation of his work.

Requirements for Degree—Nonthesis Program.

  • Credit hours: (32): minimum 30 course work hours in approved graduate mathematics, with a grade of C+ or better in each and two hours for the project (698R).  Eighteen course hours must be taken from courses numbered 600 or above. No credit is given for prerequisite courses such as Math 342 or Math 372.
  • Examinations: Each student must pass a written master’s examination consisting of two 4-hour tests, namely an algebra exam and an analysis exam, essentially covering material from Math 313; Math 371; Math 372 or Math 473 for algebra, and Math 341; Math 342; Math 352 for analysis.
  • These exams will be administered 3 times per year. Both exams must be passed within the first year of matriculation in order for financial support to continue. This means that students will have three attempts to pass these exams.  With permission, however, undergraduates and other prospective graduate students can take and pass the exam early, prior to matriculation.

Exams will typically be scheduled for the week prior to the start of classes for Fall and Winter terms, usually the last week of August and first week of January. It will also be administered in mid to late February, usually during the President’s day weekend. It is expected that exams will be graded and returned to the students within a week. Students will be encouraged to discuss the results of the exam with their advisors to decide which classes to take.

If students do not pass both exams by the end of their first academic year, financial support will be discontinued at the end of that semester. For example, if a student fails the third attempt in February, then the student will not be financially supported in the following spring and summer terms.  

  • Project, Paper and Presentation: Complete a project (Math 698R) focused on an area of advanced mathematics, write a paper about the project, and present a 45-minute talk based on the paper.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE and GRE Math Subject Test

Additional Tests

Undergraduate degree in mathematics, or a math minor together with one year of analysis/advanced calculus, and one semester of abstract algebra

Program Outcomes: 


Development of core skills

Demonstrate competence in mathematical thinking at the beginning graduate level. This includes the ability to read mathematics independently and solve mathematical problems. Students are expected to show competence in algebra and analysis.

Research Skills

Students will become sufficiently knowledgeable in a specific sub-discipline to be able to understand the state of the art in that sub-discipline. Ideally, the MS thesis written by the student will contribute to the body of mathematical knowledge, however in the thesis the student may also clarify and simplify existing mathematical arguments. The goal is to demonstrate competence in mathematical thinking and writing.

Effective Communication

Communicate complex ideas effectively and reason soundly in both quantitative and qualitative settings at many levels, both verbally and in writing. At the MS level this includes the ability to write a thesis (or project) and give presentations at mathematical conferences.

Academic and Professional Preparation

Program graduates will be able to continue their graduate education in the mathematical sciences, or be able to secure employment in a mathematics-related field.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 22
International 1
Female 5
LDS 20
Minority 3
BYU Undergraduate 19
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 327.4
GRE Quantitative Score 165.3
GRE Quantitative Percentile 89.1
GRE Verbal Score 162.1
GRE Verbal Percentile 86.6
GRE Analytical Score 4.1
GRE Analytical Percentile 58.7
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.1
Graduated Per Year 10.4
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 15.4
Admitted Per Year 13.2
Percent Admitted 85.71
Average GPA 3.72