Mathematics, MA

Department of Mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

The Master of Arts in Mathematics is designed to achieve two objectives:

  • Provide a strong program of course work in mathematics beyond the undergraduate level and
  • Be flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of student interests and backgrounds. There are no required courses in the program, but students are strongly encouraged to develop an emphasis in the courses which make up their individual plan of study; such an emphasis provides both focus and depth in the graduate experience.

Whatever their objectives in their graduate programs, students should form a close working relationship with a faculty member having similar mathematical interests as soon as possible. This will ensure good advice in planning a coherent plan of study. In addition, an advisor may be able to suggest special topics courses, independent study, or the thesis option which could all be used to pursue one's interests in greater depth.

Finally, students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematics should include a sequence in analysis and a sequence in algebra in their plans of study.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Andrew Swift, GPC
Durham Science Center (DSC) 237
402-554-3637
aswift@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Other Program Related Information

Graduate Assistantships

The mathematics department annually awards graduate assistantships for work within the department. There are also several joint UNO/MCC positions where the teaching assignments are at Metropolitan Community College. All of these positions pay an annual stipend plus a waiver of tuition. For the details of the nature of the work, please visit the assistantships page of the math department website.

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 31
  • Spring: November 30
  • Summer: April 15

Program-Specific Requirements

For unconditional admission, an applicant should:

  1. Have completed a bachelor's degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 in mathematics courses taken.
  2. Have completed 15 credit hours of mathematics courses beyond calculus, including MATH 3230/MATH 8235 or equivalent.
  3. Students lacking the 15 credit hours beyond calculus may be eligible for admission in a provisional or unclassified status with a deficiency to be made up in addition to the degree requirements listed.
  4. Students who satisfy the admission requirements in (1) above except for the GPA requirement may be granted provisional admission to the graduate program. They will be granted unconditional admission upon completion of 12 graduate hours with a grade of "B" or better in each course.
  5. International applicants must satisfy the Graduate College's English Proficiency Examination Requirement. While individual programs may require a higher score, the UNO Graduate Council has set a minimum score for admission to graduate studies of 550 written TOEFL, 80 internet-based TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS, or 53 PTE, with no exceptions to this policy. 

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

There are no required courses. Choose mathematics courses with a MATH or STAT prefix numbered 8000 or above and ending in the digit zero or six, excluding MATH 8880. At least fifteen of these hours must be in courses with a number ending in the zero digit. These fifteen hours may include the six hours of thesis, MATH 8990, and three hours of independent study, MATH 8970.

Electives

Since all courses are electives with the exception of the six thesis credit hours, all courses taken must satisfy the above requirements for the 30 credit hours. Up to 12 hours of graduate work electives may be taken in areas related to mathematics such as physics, computer science, and economics, if permission is obtained from the Graduate Program Committee.

Exit Requirements

Students are required to take 6 hours of MATH 8990. All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms, and final approval and submission of the thesis.

Concentrations

Students may choose (although there is no requirement to do so) to add a concentration. There are currently three available concentrations. For information about the requirements of each concentration, click on the links below:

Mathematics, MA with Computational Mathematics Concentration
Mathematics, MA with Operations Research Concentration
Mathematics, MA with Statistics Concentration

Total Credit Hours: 30

Concentrations

Computational Mathematics Concentration

Core Courses
Select at least 5 of the following:15
INTRODUCTION TO PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 1
PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
NUMERICAL ANALYSIS I
NUMERICAL ANALYSIS II
FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR SOLVING ORDINARY AND PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 1
INDEPENDENT GRADUATE STUDIES
Electives
Select at least 9 credit hours of courses related to computational mathematics (see below).9
MATH 8990THESIS6
Total Credits30
1

Students who were undergraduates at UNO and took MATH 4330, or MATH 4400 may not take MATH 8336 or MATH 8406 at the graduate level. Students will replace these requirements with additional elective courses.

Electives

At least 9 credit hours of courses related to computational mathematics. Students must have at least 15 hours of courses ending on 0, including the core courses and the 6 hours of thesis, MATH 8990.

Some suggested courses are provided below. Other elective courses may be possible with the prior permission of the graduate program chair.

If any of the core course requirements were waived, then additional electives should be taken in their place.

MATH 8356ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 13
MATH 8056LINEAR ALGEBRA 13
MATH 8236MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS I 13
MATH 8246MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS II 13
MATH 8276COMPLEX VARIABLES 13
MATH 8400DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS AND CHAOS3
MATH/CSCI 8766TOPICS IN MODELING3
MATH 8970INDEPENDENT GRADUATE STUDIES1-3
1

Students who were undergraduates at UNO and took MATH 4350, MATH 4050, MATH 4230, MATH 4240 or MATH 4270 may not take MATH 8356, MATH 8056, MATH 8236, MATH 8246, or MATH 8276 at the graduate level. 

Exit Requirement

Students are required to take 6 hours of MATH 8990. All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms, and final approval and submission of the thesis.

Operations Research Concentration

Core Courses
Select at least 5 of the following:15
DETERMINISTIC OPERATIONS RESEARCH MODELS 1
PROBABILISTIC OPERATIONS RESEARCH MODELS 1
COMPUTATIONAL OPERATIONS RESEARCH 1
LINEAR PROGRAMMING
NETWORK PROGRAMMING
INTEGER PROGRAMMING
Electives
Select at least 9 credit hours of courses related to operations research (see below).9
MATH 8990THESIS6
Total Credits30
1
Students who were undergraduates at UNO and took MATH 4300, MATH 4310, or MATH 4320 may not take MATH 8306, MATH 8316, or MATH 8326 at the graduate level. Students will replace these requirements with additional elective courses.

Electives

At least 9 credit hours of courses related to operations research. Students must have at least 15 hours of courses ending on 0, including the core courses and the 6 hours of thesis, MATH 8990.

Some suggested courses are provided below. Other elective courses may be possible with the prior permission of the graduate program chair.

If any of the core course requirements were waived, then additional electives should be taken in their place.

MATH/CSCI 8520ADVANCED TOPICS IN OPERATIONS RESEARCH3
MATH 8746INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS I 13
MATH 8756INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS II 13
MATH 8650INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY MODELS3
MATH/CSCI 8156GRAPH THEORY & APPLICATIONS 13
STAT 8416INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE 13
STAT 8426EXPLORATORY DATA VIZUALIZATION AND QUANTIFICATION 13
STAT 8436LINEAR MODELS 13
STAT 8446TIME SERIES ANALYSIS 13
MATH 8970INDEPENDENT GRADUATE STUDIES1-3
1

Students who were undergraduates at UNO and took MATH 4740, MATH 4750, MATH 4150, STAT 4410, STAT 4420, STAT 4430, or STAT 4440 may not take MATH 8746, MATH 8756, MATH 8156, STAT 8416, STAT 8426, STAT 8436, or STAT 8446 at the graduate level. 

Exit Requirement

Students are required to take 6 hours of MATH 8990. All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms, and final approval and submission of the thesis.

Statistics Concentration

Core Courses
MATH 8746INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS I 13
MATH 8756INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS II 13
STAT 8436LINEAR MODELS 13
STAT 8710DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF EXPERIMENTS3
Electives
Select at least 12 credit hours of courses with a statistical nature (see below)12
MATH 8990THESIS6
Total Credits30
1

Students who were undergraduates at UNO and took MATH 4740, MATH 4750, or STAT 4430 may not take MATH 8746, MATH 8756, or STAT 8436 at the graduate level. Students will replace these requirements with additional elective courses.

Electives

At least 12 credit hours of courses with a statistical nature, with at least 6 credit hours of courses ending in 0.

Some suggested courses are provided below. Other elective courses may be possible with the prior permission of the graduate program chair.

If any of the core course requirements were waived, then additional electives should be taken in their place.

STAT 8700BAYESIAN STATISTICS3
STAT 8446TIME SERIES ANALYSIS 13
MATH 8650INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY MODELS3
MATH/CSCI 8316PROBABILISTIC OPERATIONS RESEARCH MODELS 13
ISQA 8160APPLIED DISTRIBUTN FREE STATS3
ECON 8310/BSAD 8080BUSINESS FORECASTING3
MATH 8670TOPICS IN PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS3
MATH/CSCI 8766TOPICS IN MODELING3
STAT 8416INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE 13
STAT 8426EXPLORATORY DATA VIZUALIZATION AND QUANTIFICATION 13
MATH 8970INDEPENDENT GRADUATE STUDIES1-3
1

Students who were undergraduates at UNO and took MATH 4310, STAT 4410, STAT 4420, or STAT 4440 may not take MATH 8316, STAT 8416, STAT 8426 or STAT 8446 at the graduate level.

Exit Requirement

Students are required to take 6 hours of MATH 8990. All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms, and final approval and submission of the thesis.