Option B Master’s

For the Option B master’s degree, the student passes the Mathematics Department Ph.D. qualifying examinations instead of completing a project. The standards for passing the qualifying exams are the same as those for the Ph.D.

Students must meet the course requirements for the mathematics or applied mathematics master’s program. Project course hours cannot be counted toward the 27-hour course requirement. Option B master’s students do not need a committee, and there is no oral exam.

Students who are classified as Ph.D students and have completed the Option B requirements may obtain an Option B master’s degree without switching to the master’s classification. Consult the graduate program secretary to complete required paperwork. You should do this as soon as you have met the requirements for the degree.

Students close to completing their Ph.D. and students who already have a M.S. in mathematics or applied mathematics are not eligible for an Option B master’s degree.