Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

Previous MA Requirements

Previous requirements for the M.A. Degree in Mathematics

In May 2012, the mathematics department introduced changes  in the requirements for the M.A Degree. The rules below may still be applied to students who  enroll or sign up for the Ph.D. or M.A. program in Mathematics before the summer of 2013.

1. Residence

Complete 16 graduate level credits (300 level or above, no audits or pass/fail) taken as a graduate student at UW-Madison.

2. Credit requirements

Complete 30 or more graduate credits. These must include 18 or more credits in mathematics (or cross listed) courses at level 500 or above.

3. Courses

Pass with a grade of B or higher four of the following core courses: Math 703, Math 704, Math/CS 714, Math/CS 715, Math 721, Math 722, Math 725, Math 741, Math 742, Math 751, Math 752, Math 761, Math 770, Math 771, Math 773, Math 776.


4. Area of Specialization

Complete 18 or more credits that provide training in (a) some specialty within mathematics, or (b) some outside specialty on which mathematics bears. The specialty in (b) may be academic or vocational.     p>

5. Computing

Complete an advanced computer science course which involves substantial programming in a structured language such as Pascal or C. Suitable courses are: CS 367, CS 536, CS 537, CS 564, CS 704, CS 714, CS 715, CS 719, CS 730, CS 799, CS 883, or CS 884. Other courses require prior approval of the Graduate Studies Coordinator or the Graduate Program Committee. This requirement is waived for Ph.D. students if two qualifying exams are passed.

6. Grades

Achieve a grade point average of 3.3 or better in mathematics and cross listed courses.


Master's Advisor and Area of specialization

Candidates should discuss their desire for a Master's degree with their Academic Advisor before completing the various requirements.  The advisor will help the candidate design a program satisfying the requirement  for their area of specialization (#4 above).  A Master's of Art Degree Form, approved by the advisor, must be filed with the department's Graduate Program Administrator at or before the beginning of the semester in which you intend to receive the degree or graduate.


Time Limit

The Master's degree should be completed in two years.  Candidates who do not complete it in three will not be allowed to continue.


Satisfactory Progress Criteria

 1.  Maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or better.

 2.  Complete two courses for six graduate credits each semester.

 3.  Complete the program in three years.



For information on a "Joint Master's Degree in Mathematics and Education", please contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


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UW-Madison Department of Mathematics
Van Vleck Hall
480 Lincoln Drive
Madison, Wi  53706

(608) 263-3054

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