USC Catalogue 20192020
Mathematics (MA)


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Master of Arts in Mathematics and Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics
The objective of the Master of Arts program is to prepare students for research, teaching and other professional careers in mathematics and applied mathematics, respectively. In addition to the algebra requirement and differential geometry/topology option for the Master of Arts in Mathematics, the two programs differ in emphasis: the Master of Arts in Mathematics emphasizes the core courses in pure mathematics, and the Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics emphasizes courses in mathematics and affiliated fields that are fundamental in applied mathematics.
Relationship to PhD Programs in Mathematics and in Applied Mathematics
The two year MA program is an expansion of the first year of graduate studies in the PhD program in mathematics (respectively, the PhD program in applied mathematics). The program provides a rigorous foundation in mathematics (applied mathematics) while affording students additional time for preparatory training. The comprehensive examinations for the MA program can serve as the preliminary qualifying examination for either PhD program, and the written PhD qualifying examinations serve as comprehensive examinations for the corresponding Master of Arts degree.
Requirements for the Master of Arts in Mathematics
At least 24 units are required, including:
And one option from A, B, C or D:
Additional Requirements
The degree is completed with either departmental examinations (two written examinations selected from the two required components and the optional component) or a thesis demonstrating research ability in pure mathematics (the thesis option requires four additional thesis units selected from MATH 594a , MATH 594b , MATH 594z ).
Requirements for the Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics
At least 24 units are required, including
And at least three from these courses:
Additional Requirements
Other elective courses, including those from other departments, have to be approved by the program adviser.
The degree is completed with either departmental comprehensive examinations (two examinations, one covering the required component MATH 525a , and the second covering one of the elective MATH courses) or a thesis demonstrating research ability in applied mathematics (the thesis option requires four additional thesis units selected from MATH 594a , MATH 594b , MATH 594z ).

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