In the UC San Diego Department of Mathematics, the only available terminal master’s degrees are on the comprehensive examination plan; the Department does not offer the thesis option. A graduate student pursuing any of a Master of Arts in Mathematics, a Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics, or a Master of Science in Statistics will be assigned a faculty advisor at the start of the student’s first academic year.
The primary role of the faculty advisor is to counsel the student on coursework. Per Department rule, “All student course programs must be approved by a faculty adviser prior to registering for classes each quarter, as well as any changes throughout the quarter. Full-time students are required to register for a minimum of twelve (12) units every quarter, eight (8) of which must be graduate-level mathematics courses taken for a letter grade only. The remaining four (4) units can be approved upper-division or graduate-level courses in mathematics-related subjects (Math 500 may not be used to satisfy any part of this requirement).” (Source: UC San Diego General Catalog).