USC Catalogue 20242025
Applied Mathematics (MA)


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Master of Arts in Mathematics and Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics
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. 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 of the sequences of courses in options A, B, or C below
Additional Requirements
If a student receives a grade of B or lower in any of the required courses, the course requirement can be met upon passing the screening exam for the course at the master’s level or higher. The degree is completed with two written examinations, either Algebra or Analysis plus the exam associated with the optional component. 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, must be approved by the program adviser. If a student receives a grade of B or lower in any of the required courses, the course requirement can be met upon passing the screening exam for the course at the master’s level or higher. The degree is completed with two written examinations, Analysis plus either Probability or Partial Differential Equations. 
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