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Master of Science in Mathematics

Dr. Kenneth Davis, Program Director

This program is designed for high school teachers who desire to earn a Master of Science in

Mathematics. Graduates will be well qualified to teach College Algebra, Calculus, Linear Algebra,

and Introduction to Statistics for dual credit and at the college level by combining previous

teaching experience and 33 graduate hours in mathematics.

To allow students to continue to work while in the program, the classes are scheduled over three

summers and two intervening school years. Classes are offered with a blend of on campus and on

line meetings minimizing time and expense of being away from work and family obligations.

Admission Criteria

The Masters of Science of Mathematics has three major components: Real Analysis, Mathematical

Statistics and Mathematical Modeling.

To succeed in our program, a high school teacher should know and love mathematics with a

working knowledge of calculus, desire to be in a graduate mathematics program, and have the time

and determination to succeed. The admission process is designed so that prospective teachers can

demonstrate they possess all three qualities.

Requirements for Admission: Admission into the graduate program requires the program

director’s endorsement, which will be based on an evaluation of the following elements:


An undergraduate degree in mathematics, or closely related field, from a regionally

accredited college or university, with an accumulative GPA in mathematics of 3.0 out of a

4.0 scale is recommended. An official transcript is required. If the degree was not earned

within the last three years, the applicant must demonstrate they currently have a strong

working knowledge of calculus and the ability to handle upper level undergraduate

mathematical thought, including proofs.


Graduate Record Exam scores for the verbal and quantitative subsets at the 50th percentile

or higher.


Two letters of recommendation discussing the applicant’s ability to do graduate work in

mathematics while teaching fulltime.


An interview with Program Director.

The purpose of admission requirements is to ensure that the applicant demonstrates a strong

potential and ability in mathematics so she/he will be likely to succeed in a graduate level

mathematics program while teaching full time. The Department of Mathematics realizes such

potential and ability may be demonstrated in a variety of ways. We encourage all applicants to

discuss their application to the program with the Department of Mathematics.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the curriculum, successful completion of thesis (if applicable), and

successful completion of the comprehensive examination fulfills the requirements of the degree.

Transfer Credit

Work completed before the student applies for admission at HSU, or completed at another

institution after admission to HSU may transfer if: 1) it is graduate work from a regionally

accredited institution of higher education; 2) an official transcript of the work is on file in the

Office of Graduate Studies; 3) the work was completed during the last 10 years; and 4) it is

approved by the appropriate program or department. A maximum of 12 semester hours may be

transferred provided the student did not complete the previous degree. A maximum of 6 semester

hours may be transferred from a previously completed degree.