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M.A. in Mathematical Studies

The mission of the Master of Arts Program in Mathematical Studies at Rhode Island College is to provide students with a solid foundation in some of the major areas of mathematics, an appreciation for the structures and theories of advanced mathematics, and a deeper understanding of the role of mathematics in association with the real world. The program will help students develop quantitative and abstract reasoning and the ability to use mathematics as a computational and analytical tool. The department strives to produce graduates who exhibit knowledge, comprehension, and creativity in the practice of mathematics as they pursue a variety of career opportunities.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will extend their undergraduate background to include graduate level mathematics in core areas.
  • Students will utilize mathematical knowledge to solve problems and prove theorems.
  • Students will be able to receive and convey graduate level mathematics.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form accompanied by a fifty-dollar nonrefundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of B (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate course work.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of courses beyond precalculus mathematics.
  • An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A plan of study approved by the advisor and appropriate dean.

Course Requirements

Choose Concentration A or B below

A. Mathematics

Course No. Course Title Credits
Four Courses from
MATH 512Foundations of Higher Analysis3
MATH 515Introduction to Complex Variables3
MATH 519Set Theory3
MATH 532Algebraic Structures3
MATH 551Topics in Proof3
Four additional courses in mathematics, chosen with advisor's consent12
Two courses in a discipline approved by advisor and department6
Comprehensive Examination0

Total Credit Hours

30

B. Mathematics for the Professions

Course No. Course Title Credits
Three Courses from
MATH 512Foundations of Higher Analysis3
MATH 515Introduction to Complex Variables3
MATH 519Set Theory3
MATH 532Algebraic Structures3
MATH 551Topics in Proof3
Three additional courses in mathematics, chosen with advisor's consent9
Four Courses in mathematics or a related discipline, such as accounting, economics, finance, mathematics education, or pedagogy, chosen with advisor's consent12
Comprehensive Examination0

Total Credit Hours

30

Note: The M.A. program in mathematical studies does not lead to teacher certification. Students interested in certification to teach mathematics in the secondary school should refer to Secondary Education under the section titled Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

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