• Masters Degree

The master of science is designed to prepare students for positions in business and industry. It also provides preparation for further graduate study leading to a doctoral degree.

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Admission and Entry

Application requirements

  • Deadlines: January 15 (Spring, Summer, Fall), September 15 (Winter). Apply online. Late applications will be considered.
  • $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement: All applicants for graduate study, including international, must receive an ecclesiastical endorsement before their applications will be fully considered. Current BYU students applying to graduate school at BYU should request an endorsement from an ecclesiastical leader through endorse.byu.edu.
    If applicants are Non-LDS (U.S. or international), they should contact an admission specialist in Office of Graduate Studies at INTL@byu.edu so a telephone interview with the BYU Chaplain can be arranged.
  • Honor Code: All applicants, regardless of religion, must agree to abide by the universitiy code of conduct through the honor code commitment.
  • Entrance examinations: The General GRE and GRE Math Subject tests are required. Applicants must have a minimum score of 600 on the GRE Math Subject Test to be competitive.

All applicants who have not received a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an educational institution in the United States or from one of the exempt countries (Canada, the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia) are required to submit official IELTS or TOEFL scores in order to be considered for admission. Please note: The degree must not be older than 2 years at the time of enrollment to qualify for the exemption. Applicants must exceed the university’s minimum score on the TOEFL exam.

BYU requires all international applicants to use a credential evaluation service for transcript and degree verification. BYU currently accepts reports from International Education Research Foundation (IERF). You may download a request form here.

Prerequisites:

  • Undergraduate degree in mathematics or its equivalent.
  • One year of mathematical analysis (or advanced calculus), equivalent to our Math 341 and Math Math 342.
  • One year of abstract algebra (equivalent to our Math 371 and Math 372), including linear algebra (equivalent to our Math 313).

If you have questions about the application process, please contact our graduate secretary, Lonette Stoddard.

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Requirements for Degree — Thesis Program

  • Credit hours (30): Minimum 24 coursework hours in approved graduate proposed graduate mathematics with a grade of C+ or better in each, and six thesis hours (Math 699R). Three of the course hours must be from one of three areas of Applied Mathematics, Analysis, or Algebra, and another three course hours must be from one of the remaining two areas. With the approval of the graduate coordinator, graduate level courses in other departments can be used toward the coursework hours.
  • Examination: The examination requirement in the thesis program may be met by way of coursework, or by way of written examination as explained below, in two of three broadly defined areas of Applied Mathematics, Analysis, and Algebra, by the end of year two. Failure by a master’s student to meet the examination requirement by the end of year two will result in the discontinuation of financial support for that master’s student at the end of year two.‌
  • Continuing master’s students have the option of meeting the examination requirement under the current or new system.
    • Coursework, To meet the examination requirement by way of coursework, a master’s student will need to earn an A- or better in two courses, or their equivalents at another institution, with one course in one of the three areas and another course in one of the remaining two areas. Courses in the area of Applied Mathematics include, but are not limited to, Math 510, Math 511, Math 521, Math 522, Math 611, and Math 636. Courses in the area of Analysis included but are not limited to Math 532, Math 540, Math 541, Math 565, Math 641, and Math 655. Courses in the area of Algebra include but are not limited to Math 561, Math 571, Math 572, Math 586, Math 656, and Math 676. A graduate course, or its equivalent at another institution, can only be used to count towards one of the three areas. For example, Math 636 (Probability 1) is both Applied Mathematics and Analysis, but it can only be counted for one of these two areas. The Graduate Committee will maintain a list of associations of graduate courses with the three areas.

       

    • A master’s student may meet the examination requirement by way of graduate coursework completed as an undergraduate.

       

    • Written Examination. To meet the examination requirement by way of written examination, a master’s student will need to pass written examinations in two of the three areas. The written examinations will be based on published syllabi associated to the basic courses listed below. If a master’s student has earned an A- or better in one course associated to one of the three areas, but not in another course in another area, the master’s student need only pass one written examination in an area not met by coursework. Written examinations will be offered in August/September, January, and May.

      The Graduate Committee may change the basic courses associated to any of the three areas, but there will always be two basic courses associated to each of the three areas. No written examinations are available for other courses.

  • Graduate Program of Study: Students are required to submit a program of study before the end of the third week of their second semester. The study list form may be found at https://gradstudies.byu.edu/file/adv-form-3
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  • Thesis
  • Oral Defense of thesis

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Requirements for Degree — Non-thesis Program

  • Credit hours (32): Minimum 30 coursework hours in approved graduate proposed graduate mathematics with a grade of C+ or better in each, and two hours for the project (Math 698R). Three of the course hours must be from one of three areas of Applied Mathematics, Analysis, or Algebra, and another three course hours must be from one of the remaining two areas. With the approval of the graduate coordinator, graduate level courses in other departments can be used toward credit hours.
  • Examination: The examination requirement in the thesis program may be met by way of coursework, or by way of written examination as explained below, in two of three broadly defined areas of Applied Mathematics, Analysis, and Algebra, by the end of year two. Failure by a master’s student to meet the examination requirement by the end of year two will result in the discontinuation of financial support for that master’s student at the end of year two.‌

    Continuing master’s students have the option of meeting the examination requirement under the current or new system.

    Coursework, To meet the examination requirement by way of coursework, a master’s student will need to earn an A- or better in two courses, or their equivalents at another institution, with one course in one of the three areas and another course in one of the remaining two areas. Courses in the area of Applied Mathematics include, but are not limited to, Math 510, Math 511, Math 521, Math 522, Math 611, and Math 636. Courses in the area of Analysis included but are not limited to Math 532, Math 540, Math 541, Math 565, Math 641, and Math 655. Courses in the area of Algebra include but are not limited to Math 561, Math 571, Math 572, Math 586, Math 656, and Math 676. A graduate course, or its equivalent at another institution, can only be used to count towards one of the three areas. For example, Math 636 (Probability 1) is both Applied Mathematics and Analysis, but it can only be counted for one of these two areas. The Graduate Committee will maintain a list of associations of graduate courses with the three areas.

    A master’s student may meet the examination requirement by way of graduate coursework completed as an undergraduate.

    Written Examination. To meet the examination requirement by way of written examination, a master’s student will need to pass written examinations in two of the three areas. The written examinations will be based on published syllabi associated to the basic courses listed below. If a Master’s student has earned an A- or better in one course associated to one of the three areas, but not in another course in another area, the master’s student need only pass one written examination in an area not met by coursework. Written examinations will be offered in August/September, January, and May.

    1. Applied Mathematics: Math 521 and Math 522
    2. Analysis: Math 540 and Math 541
    3. Algebra: Math 571 and Math 572

     

    The Graduate Committee may change the basic courses associated to any of the three areas, but there will always be two basic courses associated to each of the three areas. No written examinations are available for other courses.

  • Graduate Program of Study
    Students are required to submit a program of study before the end of the third week of their second semester. The study list form may be found at https://gradstudies.byu.edu/file/adv-form-3
  • Project and presentation: Write a paper about the project (Math 698R) which should focus on an area of advanced mathematics and present a 45-minute talk based on the paper.
  • Deadlines: January 15 (Spring, Summer, Fall), September 15 (Winter). Apply online. Late applications will be considered.
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  • $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement: All applicants for graduate study, including international, must receive an ecclesiastical endorsement before their applications will be fully considered. Current BYU students applying to graduate school at BYU should request an endorsement from an ecclesiastical leader through endorse.byu.edu.
    • If applicants are Non-LDS (U.S. or international), they should contact an admission specialist in Office of Graduate Studies at INTL@byu.edu so a telephone interview with the BYU Chaplain can be arranged.

        •  
  • Honor Code: All applicants, regardless of religion, must agree to abide by the universitiy code of conduct through the honor code commitment.
  • Entrance examinations: The General GRE and GRE Math Subject tests are required. Applicants must have a minimum score of 600 on the GRE Math Subject Test to be competitive.
    • All applicants who have not received a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an educational institution in the United States or from one of the exempt countries (Canada, the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia) are required to submit official IELTS or TOEFL scores in order to be considered for admission. Please note: The degree must not be older than 2 years at the time of enrollment to qualify for the exemption. Applicants must exceed the university’s minimum score on the TOEFL exam.

      BYU requires all international applicants to use a credential evaluation service for transcript and degree verification. BYU currently accepts reports from International Education Research Foundation (IERF). You may download a request form here.

      Prerequisites:

    • Undergraduate degree in mathematics or its equivalent.
    • One year of mathematical analysis (or advanced calculus), equivalent to our Math 341 and Math Math 342.
    • One year of abstract algebra (equivalent to our Math 371 and Math 372), including linear algebra (equivalent to our Math 313).
      • If you have questions about the application process, please contact our graduate secretary, Lonette Stoddard.

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        Requirements for Degree

      • Credit Hours (54): Minimum 36 coursework hours in mathematics courses numbered 600 or above with a grade of B or better in each plus 18 dissertation hours (Math 799R).
      • Required Courses: Complete at least 3 hours each in algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, and geometry/topology.
      •  Examinations:
        • Written Examinations: At the beginning of the second year after admission to the PhD program, the student is required to pass examinations in three of the four areas of algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, and geometry/topology. Four hours are allotted to each examination. A failed examination may be repeated once at the beginning of the winter semester of the student’s second year, after which permission must be obtained from the department graduate committee to retake the examination. Passed examinations need not be repeated. Syllabi are available for each examination.

          Oral Examination: A student must pass an oral qualifying examination covering the background necessary for research in a specific area. The student, having chosen a research area and having a dissertation advisor approved, will, with the advisor, outline suitable examination topics. These topics must be approved by an examination committee of three (including advisor) appointed by the department graduate committee, which conducts the examination.

        • Graduate Program of Study. Students are required to submit a program of study at the end of their first year. The study list form may be found at https://gradstudies.byu.edu/file/adv-form-3
        • Defense of Dissertation: A final oral defense of the dissertation is conducted by a faculty committee consisting of the student’s research advisor, two other readers of the dissertation (one of whom may be an outside examiner), and two other members of the faculty.
        • Dissertation
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