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Honors Program

This demanding program leads to an M.S. in Mathematical Sciences, normally in four years, in addition to the student's B.S. degree. The key element in the program is usually the Mathematical Studies sequence. Admission to the Honors Program, in the Junior year, requires an application. In the application process the Department will hold to the same high standards which apply to admission to any graduate program.

Honors Program Requirements:

  • 21-901 Masters Degree Research
  • Five graduate mathematics courses: 60 units

Each student in the honors degree program will have a thesis advisor in addition to his or her academic advisor. In practice, the student must start thinking about the thesis as early as possible. For this reason we include some thesis work, 3 units of 21-901 Masters Degree Research , in the Fall semester of the Senior year to allow for exploratory work under supervision. The actual thesis work is then planned for the final semester with 15 units of 21-901 Masters Degree Research.

The five graduate course must include at least one course from each of the following areas:

  • Analysis, e.g., Measure and Integration, Complex Analysis, Functional Analysis
  • Algebra, Logic, Geometry and Topology, e.g., Mathematical Logic I, Algebra I, General Topology, Discrete Mathematics, Commutative Algebra
  • Applied Mathematics, e.g., Introduction to Continuum Mechanics, Probability Measures, Probability Theory, Graphs and Network Flows, Ordinary Differential Equations, Methods of Optimization, Introduction to Numerical Analysis I.