Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Mathematics (MA) Program Apart?

The MA in Mathematics program at UM-Flint prepares you to pursue a wide array of rewarding careers as an advisor, analyst, developer, educator, engineer, programmer, or researcher. Whichever career path you choose, completing the MA in Mathematics will deepen your understanding of complex mathematical concepts and how to apply them to solve real-world problems. Explore the features of this flexible program.

EXPERT FACULTY

Our mathematics courses are taught by faculty with doctoral degrees, a passion for instruction, and years of experience in teaching and student mentorship.

COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM

Build on your undergraduate degree in mathematics or a related field (e.g. physics, chemistry, computer science). The MA in Mathematics program offers an in-depth curriculum that integrates a complete continuum of algebra, calculus, coding theory, mathematical modeling, and numerical analysis.

FLEXIBLE FORMAT

Pursue your MA in Mathematics on a part-time basis to accommodate your busy schedule as a working professional. This 18-30 month program offers convenient evening and summer classes on the UM-Flint campus.

PRACTICAL TIMEFRAME

Complete your MA in Mathematics at a pace that works for you. The program allows students up to six consecutive years from their admission date to complete all required coursework.

SMALL CLASSES

You’ll complete your MA in Mathematics with a small cohort of fellow students who share your passion for numbers, problem-solving, and mathematics. This structure enables you to develop a strong support network for personal and professional development. Class projects create a collaborative environment that allows you to build practical skills.

Courses

Mathematics (MA)

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http://www.umflint.edu/math

Director: Cameron McLeman

Program Faculty: Professors Ricardo Alfaro, Robert Bix, Kenneth Schilling, Mehrdad Simkani; Associate Professors Lixing Han, Kristina Hansen, Shu-Yi Tu; Assistant Professors Daniel Coffield,  Laura McLeman, Howard Thompson; Assistant Professor Cameron McLeman.


The Master of Arts in Mathematics program addresses the needs of in-service teachers and other interested working professionals and students residing within the University of Michigan-Flint service region. The program responds to relatively strong national, statewide and regional demands; nationally, graduate degrees conferred in mathematics and closely related fields of study have consistently ranked among the top ten graduate degrees.

The program, consisting of 30 credit hours, provides students with great flexibility. Students take four core classes in foundations, applications and recent developments in mathematics, at least one course in each of the two core areas of mathematics, and complete the program with elective courses meeting their interests and needs.

Mission

The mission of the M.A. in Mathematics is to provide its students a broader and deeper understanding of classical and contemporary mathematics, its applications, and its relevance to high school teaching. All students in the program take four core courses, tied directly to the goals of the program and chosen to give students a broad perspective on mathematics as a discipline, and elective courses which stress the essential knowledge and skill of particular areas of the mathematics.

Assessment

The program participates in the University-wide assessment effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plan including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://assessment.umflint.edu.

Admission

Applications for admission to the program are accepted for Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer. Application deadlines are posted on the Office of Graduate Programs website.

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in mathematics or related field (e.g., physics, chemistry, computer science), including coursework through at least multivariate calculus and some proof-oriented courses. 
  2. A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
  3. Submission of a statement of purpose describing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the degree.
  4. Submission of official copies of transcripts from each college and university attended.
  5. Submission of three letters of recommendation.

Admission decisions are made by the program director in consultation with the program faculty.

Transfer of Credit/Repeat Policy

Up to six (6) semester credit hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer. Transfers of credit are subject to the approval of the program director. Requests for transferring additional coursework may be made by submitting a petition to the program director.

Courses taken as an undergraduate, at UM-Flint or another institution, generally may not be repeated in the graduate program, although a request for an exception maybe made by submitting a petition to the program director. All petitions will be reviewed by the program director, in consultation with the program faculty.

Time Limit for Degree Completion

A student must complete all work toward the Master of Arts in Mathematics within six consecutive years from the date of first admission to the program. Students may, however, petition for an extension of this time limit. Approval of an extension is at the discretion of the program director and/or program faculty.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)  and Graduate Study  for rules and regulations pertaining to all College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs.

Requirements


A. Admission


Formal admission to the program.

B. Core Courses (12 credits)


  • MTH 501 - Mathematical Modeling (3).
  • MTH 502 - Paths and Surfaces (3).
  • MTH 503 - Axiomatic Mathematics (3).
  • MTH 504 - Recent Developments in Mathematics (3).

C. Algebra (3-12 credits)


At least one from:

  • MTH 527 - Coding Theory (3).
  • MTH 528 - Modern Algebra (3).
  • MTH 529 - Advanced Linear Algebra (3).
  • MTH 531 - Conics and Cubics (3).

D. Analysis (3-13 credits)


At least one from:

  • MTH 556 - Real Analysis (4).
  • MTH 557 - Advanced Calculus (3).
  • MTH 570 - Complex Variables (3).
  • MTH 572 - Probability (3).

E. Electives


Additional courses to complete a total of at least 30 credits, chosen with consent of the program director, from:

  • MTH 505 - Differential Equations (3).
  • MTH 522 - Foundations of Mathematics (3).
  • MTH 523 - Elementary Topology of the Linear Continuum (3).
  • MTH 534 - College Geometry (3).
  • MTH 554 - Number Theory (3).
  • MTH 562 - Combinatorics with Applications (3).
  • MTH 574 - Introduction to Numerical Analysis (3).
  • MTH 575 - Mathematical Statistics (3).
  • MTH 577 - Methods of Operations Research (3).
  • MTH 585 - History of Mathematics (3).
  • MTH 590 - Problem-Solving Seminar (3).
  • MTH 591 - Independent Study (1-4).
  • MTH 592 - Selected Topics (1-4).
  • EDR 541 - Assessment-Based Literacy Instruction in Secondary Classrooms (3).

F. Grade Requirement


An average grade of at least B (3.0) in required courses.

Sample Program of Study


Year 1


  • Spring/Summer

  • MTH 501 - Mathematical Modeling (3).
  • MTH 590 - Problem-Solving Seminar (3).
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  • Fall

  • MTH 572 - Probability (3).
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  • Winter

  • MTH 502 - Paths and Surfaces (3).

Year 2


  • Spring/Summer

  • MTH 503 - Axiomatic Mathematics (3).
  • MTH 527 - Coding Theory (3).
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  • Fall

  • MTH 557 - Advanced Calculus (3).
  •  

  • Winter

  • MTH 585 - History of Mathematics (3).

Year 3


  • Spring/Summer

  • MTH 504 - Recent Developments in Mathematics (3).
  • MTH 562 - Combinatorics with Applications (3).


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Admission

Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in mathematics or related field (physics, chemistry, computer science) from a regionally accredited institution including coursework through at least multivariate calculus and some proof-oriented courses
  • A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.

Application deadlines are as follows:     

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15

*You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester and September 1 for the winter semester.