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PhD in Mathematics

For PhD students, the emphasis upon entering the program is qualifying exams. Three of them must be passed at the various levels specified here before the start of the third year. While some students take three qualifying exam courses their first year, this is not typical. More often, one takes two qualifying exam courses their first year, and takes the remaining qualifying course their second year.

Often times, though, a student may enroll in three qualifying exam courses their first quarter and then decide the two courses (s)he feels strongest in and persue those for the remaining two quarters. The reduced load the second year also allows time for seminars, topic courses, and reading courses in areas of interest to the student.

A sample first year schedule is as follows (here, the student began in Math 200A, Math 220A, Math 240A, and decided to stick with Math 200 and Math 220):

  • Fall: Math 200A, Math 220A, Math 240A, Math 295, Math 500
  • Winter: Math 200B, Math 220B, Seminar Course, Math 295, Math 500
  • Spring: Math 200C, Math 220C, Reading Course, Math 295, Math 500

A sample second year schedule for this student is as follows (note Math 270 is the remaining qual class):

  • Fall: Math 270A, Topics Course, Read/Sem Course, Math 295, Math 500
  • Winter: Math 270B, Topics Course, Read/Sem Course, Math 295, Math 500
  • Spring: Math 270C, Topics Course, Read/Sem Course, Math 295, Math 500

MA in Mathematics

For Master’s students, each program is fairly well defined in terms of what classes a student should take. Typically, M.A. in Mathematics students take one or two qual sequences their first year, taking the qualifying exam at the end of the year. The remaining coursework is completed the second year. It should be noted that students seeking an M.A. in Mathematics must take qualifying exam courses and those courses exams in order to satisfy the requirements for the degree.

Below is a sample first year schedule for a Master’s student who opted to only take one qualifying exam course.

  • Fall: Math 200A, Additional Course, Additional Course, Math 295
  • Winter: Math 200B, Additional Course, Additional Course, Math 295
  • Spring: Math 200C, Additional Course, Additional Course, Math 295

A sample second year schedule is as follows (note that since so many courses were taken the first year, the student may apply for half-time status their second year):

  • Fall: Math 220A, Math 295
  • Winter: Math 220B, Math 295
  • Spring: Math 220C, Math 295

MA in Applied Mathematics

M.A. in Applied Mathematics students most often take Math 270A-B-C and one other year-long sequence, culminating in two qualifying exams at the end of the year, or taking one sequence each year for two years. Again, the remaining coursework is completed the second year.

Below is a sample first year schedule for a Master’s student who opted to take two year-long sequences with comprehensive exams.

  • Fall: Math 270A, Math 271A, Additional Course, Math 295
  • Winter: Math 270B, Math 271B, Additional Course, Math 295
  • Spring: Math 270C, Math 271C, Additional Course, Math 295

A sample second year schedule is as follows (note that since the comprehensive exams were taken the first year, the students may graduate after the Fall quarter):

  • Fall: Additional Course, Additional Course, Additional Course, Math 295

MS in Statistics

M.S. in Statistics students typically take both Math 281A-B-C and Math 282A-B their first year. A qualifying exam in Math 281 is taken as well as a comprehensive exam for Math 282A-B. Some students also take their topics courses (from Math 287A-B-C-D and Math 289A-B-C) their first year, leaving only a few other courses for the second year of study.

Below is a sample first year schedule for a Master’s student who opted to take Math 281 and Math 282 their first year.

  • Fall: Math 281A, Math 282A, Additional Course, Math 295
  • Winter: Math 281B, Math 282B, Additional Course, Math 295
  • Spring: Math 281C, Topics Course, Additional Course, Math 295

A sample second year schedule is as follows (note that since the department suggests taking a year-long sequence in either Probability Theory, Math 280A-B-C, or Numerical Analysis, Math 270A-B-C, a student will typically require six quarters to graduate. Much like the first M.A. in Mathematics student, the M.S. in Statistics student may apply for half-time status their second year):

  • Fall: Math 280A, Math 295
  • Winter: Math 280B, Math 295
  • Spring: Math 280C, Math 295