Graduate Student Handbook
Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
2006
These
requirements apply to all students entering Fall 2004 or later. Students
previously enrolled as graduate students in mathematics or applied
mathematics may choose to satisfy these requirements or ones in effect at any
time since they entered graduate school.
2004 handbook
2003 handbook
Requirements for InfAs students with Mathematics as home
department
Contents
 Introduction
 Graduate
Program of Study
 Requirements
for MS and PhD degrees in Mathematics
 MS
program in Mathematics
 PhD
program in Mathematics
 Comajor
PhD degrees
 Core
course requirements
 Qualifying
examinations
 Oral
preliminary and final examinations
 Graduate
English requirements
 Teaching
requirement
 Requirements
for MS and PhD degrees in Applied Mathematics
 MS
program in Applied Mathematics
 PhD
program in Applied Mathematics
 Comajor
PhD degrees
 Core
course requirements
 Qualifying
examinations
 Oral
preliminary and final examinations
 Graduate
English requirements
 Teaching
requirement
 Satisfactory
progress towards the degree
 MS
degree students
 PhD
degree students
 Students
admitted to the PhD program on entering with an M.S.
 Students
admitted to the PhD program on entering without an M.S.
 Students
admitted to the PhD program from the MS program
 Admission
into the PhD program from the MS program
 Failure
to maintain academic standing
 Grievance
procedures
 Minor
requirements for students from other departments
 Minors
in Mathematics
 Minors
in Applied Mathematics
1. Introduction
Graduate degree students in mathematics at Iowa
State University
must meet requirements specified by the Graduate College,
the Department of Mathematics, and the student's program of study (POS)
committee. The Graduate
College requirements
are published in the Graduate
College Handbook (GCH). Each graduate student should become familiar with
its contents. The requirements specified by the Mathematics Department are
described in this document. Requirements specified by the student's POS
committee are defined at the time the student's POS committee is formed and
the program of study formulated.
The Mathematics Department offers programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D.
degrees in both mathematics and applied mathematics. In addition, the
Department grants an M.S.M. (Master of School Mathematics) degree which is
intended for secondary school mathematics teachers. This document does not
address the requirements for the M.S.M. degree.
Listed below is a summary of the most significant requirements of the Graduate College and the Mathematics
Department.
 Graduate English
requirement (applies to all international students; see GCH).
 Core course
requirements (see this document).
 Major professor and
POS committee (see GCH).
 Program of study (see
GCH and this document).
 Written qualifying
examination(s) for Ph.D. students (see this document).
 Supervised teaching
requirement for Ph.D. students (see this document).
 Oral preliminary
examination for Ph.D. students (see this document and GCH).
 Doctoral
dissertation, Master's thesis or creative component.
 Final oral
examination (see this document and GCH).
Timelines for the sequences of procedures leading to
master's and doctor of philosophy degrees can be found in the GCH. Throughout
this document any reference to semester
refers to a regular academic year semester unless otherwise stated, that is,
summer semesters are not included.
These requirements are imposed to establish certain minimum standards for
normal situations. However, some situations may be unusual and require
special consideration. Students who believe their circumstances warrant
modification of these requirements should petition the Departmental Graduate
Committee in writing.
The following sections describe the requirements for graduate degrees in
mathematics and applied mathematics. Continuation in the graduate program and
financial support is contingent upon satisfactory progress toward a degree.
General guidelines for a student making satisfactory progress are outlined in
this document.
2. Graduate Program of Study
The Graduate Coordinator (GC) of the Mathematics Department serves as
Director of Graduate Education (DOGE) for both the mathematics program and the
applied mathematics program. The GC designates a temporary advisor (normally
the GC) for all new graduate students in the Mathematics Department. The
temporary advisor guides the student in the selection of a field of study and
in the development of a graduate program until the major professor and the
POS committee are selected. The major professor serves as permanent advisor
and as chair of the POS committee. A list of the duties of the POS committee
may be found in the GCH.
Timely selection of a major professor, appointment of a POS committee, and
development of a program of study are essential requirements. Timing
requirements depend on whether the student is in the MS or PhD program, and
on whether or not the student already has an MS upon entry. See sections 5(i)
and 5(ii) below for more details. The appointment of a major professor is by
mutual agreement of the student and designated faculty member, who must have
graduate faculty status in the program in which the student is enrolled. The POS committee
is selected by the student with the aid of the major professor. Failure to
select a major professor impedes progress towards the degree and may lead to
dismissal from the program. If for any reason the major professor resigns or
is removed from their position, and the student is in good academic standing,
then the above procedure will be used to select a new major professor and
reconstitute the POS committee.
3. Requirements for MS and PhD degrees in Mathematics
The Mathematics Department offers programs leading to both M.S. and Ph.D.
degrees in Mathematics.
3(i). M.S. program in Mathematics
For the M.S. program a minimum of 30 acceptable credits is required, with
at least 22 of these earned in residence. The total of 30 credits must
include 21 hours of 500600 level mathematics courses, and these 21 hours
must include at least 12 hours of core courses subject to the conditions in 3(iv) below. Each student must elect a thesis or
nonthesis master's program. For the thesis program, 6 credits of Math 699
may be included in the 30 hours. The nonthesis program requires a creative
component including a formal mathematics paper. Three credits of Math 599 may
be included in the 30 credits for the creative component; these credits must
be identified on the program of study.
Although cognate study (as described in 3(ii) below
) is not required at the M.S. level, it is strongly recommended. When cognate
study is in the form of a minor, it consists of 69 credits (from the 30
credit total) in a department other than Mathematics. These credits must be
acceptable to the representative of the minor department on the student's POS
committee.
In addition to the course work, the M.S. student must pass an oral,
comprehensive final examination.
A grade of B or better, in the course or on the final examination, must be
earned in each core course on the POS (see 3(iv) and 4(iv) below). A grade of C or better must be earned in
all other courses on the POS. The student must maintain a cumulative grade
point average of at least 3.0 in all course work, exclusive of research
credit.
3(ii). Ph.D. program in Mathematics
For the Ph.D. program, a minimum of 72 acceptable credits is required,
with at least 36 of these earned in residence. (See the GCH for details
regarding credit requirements.) At least 54 credits must be in formal courses
(not research); 18 of the 54 must be in the core courses listed in 3(iv) below. In addition, at least 42 must be in
500600 level mathematics courses excluding Math 590 and Math 699.
Included in the 54 credits of formal courses is a 12 credit cognate study
requirement. A cognate course is defined to be a course which is (i)
acceptable for graduate credit, (ii) taught in another department (a course
crosslisted with Mathematics is acceptable if registered as a course in
another department), and (iii) relevant to the major. The course work for the
cognate study requirement must be approved by the student's POS committee.
Students are encouraged to consider a minor in another department to meet the
cognate study requirement.
In addition to the course work, the Ph.D. student must pass two written qualifying
examinations and an oral preliminary examination, prepare a dissertation, and
pass an oral final examination which is usually limited to the defense of the
dissertation. These requirements are described in subsequent sections.
A grade of B or better, in the course or on the final examination, must be
earned in each core course on the POS (see 3(iv) and 4(iv) below). A grade of C or better must be earned in
all other courses on the POS. The student must maintain a cumulative grade
point average of at least 3.33 in graduate level mathematics courses and of
at least 3.0 in all course work, exclusive of research credit.
3(iii). Comajor Ph.D. degrees
Wellqualified students are encouraged to consider a Ph.D. program having
a comajor in Mathematics and some other appropriate program. Such programs
are to be initiated by a written proposal from the student to the Mathematics
Department Graduate Committee. The proposal must contain an outline of how
all requirements are to be met. Authorization by the Graduate Committee to
embark on a comajor program will be based on this proposal, and on the
academic history of the student. The POS committee is to be directed by
cochairmen, one from each of the comajor departments. The dissertation must
have significant content in both fields. Comajor programs are subject to the
following minimum standards.
 Comajor Ph.D.
students are required to earn at least 30 credits in 500600 level
mathematics courses other than Math 590 and 699. They are required to
take a total of four courses from the mathematics core including at
least one oneyear sequence (Math 504505 or Math 515516). They are
also required to pass one of the qualifying examinations described in 3(v) below.
 Comajor Ph.D.
students are required to have two years of professional experience
including at least one year of supervised teaching. The other year may
be supervised research as a research assistant or associate.
3(iv). Core course requirements
The core course requirements are satisfied by taking courses in two areas.
The areas and the core courses are
 Algebra  Math 504,
505 and 510
 Analysis  Math 515,
516 and 511
The core course requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
Mathematics are:
 M.S. students must
take at least two of the three courses in algebra and at least two of
the three courses in analysis
 Ph.D. students must
take all six core courses.
In order to maintain flexibility for students to change from Applied
Mathematics to Mathematics, core course requirements for the Applied
Mathematics degree (see 4(iv) below ) may be
substituted for the core course requirements listed above in one of the two
areas of algebra or analysis.
A grade of B or better must be earned in each core course. A deficiency
may be made up by taking a final examination during a subsequent offering of
the course and receiving a grade of B or better, or by passing the
corresponding written qualifying examination.
3(v). Qualifying examinations
A Ph.D. student in the Mathematics Program must pass two written
qualifying examinations. The student must take a written qualifying
examination covering material in two of the following four areas.
Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisor prior to
deciding which examinations to take, since certain examination combinations
may not be suitable for certain areas of research.
A student taking an examination will be responsible for the topics listed
in the appropriate syllabus. These topics are normally covered in the
appropriate core courses as listed below:
 Algebra: Math 504505
and Math 510.
 Real and Complex
Analysis: Math 51516 and Math 511.
 Methods of Applied
Mathematics: Math 519520.
 Numerical Analysis:
Math 502503.
However, the qualifying examination syllabi are definitive, and not all
topics on the syllabi are covered each year in the appropriate courses. It is
the student's responsibility to be prepared to answer questions about any
topic on the appropriate syllabus.
A student will be allowed two attempts to pass a given qualifying
examination. A student who fails the same qualifying examination twice may
appeal in writing to the Graduate Committee to take it a third time if
supported by their advisor. A student who fails any combination of three
qualifying examinations is subject to dismissal from the PhD program, and
must appeal in writing to the Graduate Committee for permission to take an
additional qualifier.
Students must request the examination in advance via the GC (such request
may be cancelled without penalty until 24 hours prior to the examination).
This is usually done the semester before the scheduled examination so that a
committee may be formed to write and grade the examination. The examinations
are usually given twice a year: in August before or at the beginning of the
Fall semester, and in January before or at the beginning of the Spring
semester.
3(vi). Oral preliminary and final examinations
The oral preliminary examination tests a student's knowledge of the major,
minor and supporting fields of their research area. The examination is taken
after a student has passed both written qualifying examinations, satisfied
the graduate English requirement, formed a POS committee, and has an approved
POS form. A student who fails the preliminary oral examination is allowed to
retake it one additional time. Six months must elapse between the first
attempt and the second. The preliminary oral examination must be passed at
least six months prior to the final defense, unless an exception is allowed
by the Dean of the Graduate
College. A form
requesting scheduling of the examination must be submitted to the Graduate College at least two weeks before the
proposed date of the examination.
The final examination of an M.S. candidate is oral and comprehensive. It
normally consists of a defense of the thesis or creative component and an
examination of the candidate's knowledge of the topics covered in the program
of study.
The final examination of a Ph.D. candidate is oral, and is usually limited
to a defense of the dissertation.
3(vii). Graduate English requirements
Graduate students whose native language is not English must meet
the Graduate College English Requirement. (See the GCH for details.)
3(viii). Teaching requirement
Each Ph.D. student is required to have one year of supervised teaching.
However, if approved by the student's POS committee, equivalent supervised
experience in oral mathematics communication may be substituted for teaching.
In that case the POS committee must specify in writing what the equivalent experience
will be.
Every teaching assistant must demonstrate an ability to
teach effectively. To assure this, before the beginning of the first semester
they assumes their duties, teaching assistants are required to give a short,
prepared lecture to a panel of experienced teaching assistants and/or faculty
that is suitable for an algebra, trigonometry, or similar class. In addition,
each teaching assistant whose native language is not American English must
take the SPEAK/TEACH test (the test administered by the University to screen
applicants for classroom duties) unless such student is a native English
speaker from Australia, Canada, New
Zealand, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, or Ireland. They must
pass it at the first or second level before they are assigned a class or
recitation section, and they must pass it at the first or second level within
their first year of residence to guarantee continued financial support.
4. Requirements for MS and PhD degrees in Applied
Mathematics
The Mathematics Department offers programs leading to both M.S. and Ph.D.
degrees in Applied Mathematics.
4(i). M.S. program in Applied Mathematics
For the M.S. program a minimum of 30 acceptable credits is required, with
at least 22 of these earned in residence. The total of 30 credits must
include 21 hours of 500600 level mathematics courses, and these 21 hours
must include at least 12 hours of core courses subject to the conditions in 4(iv) below. Each student must elect a thesis or
nonthesis master's program. For the thesis program, 6 credits of Math 699
may be included in the 30 hours. The nonthesis program requires a creative
component including a formal mathematics paper. Three credits of Math 599 may
be included in the 30 credits for the creative component; these credits must
be identified on the program of study.
Although cognate study (as described in 4(ii) below
) is not required at the M.S. level, it is strongly recommended. When cognate
study is in the form of a minor, it consists of 69 credits (from the 30
credit total) in a department other than Mathematics. These credits must be
acceptable to the representative of the minor department on the student's POS
committee.
In addition to the course work, the M.S. student must pass an oral,
comprehensive final examination.
A grade of B or better, in the course or on the final examination, must be
earned in each core course on the POS (see 4(iv)
below). A grade of C or better must be earned in all other courses on the
POS. The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least
3.0 in all course work, exclusive of research credit.
4(ii). Ph.D. program in Applied Mathematics
For the Ph.D. program, a minimum of 72 acceptable credits is required,
with at least 36 of these earned in residence. (See the GCH for details
regarding credit requirements.) At least 54 credits must be in formal courses
(not research); 18 of the 54 must be in the core courses listed in 4(iv) below. In addition, at least 42 must be in
500600 level mathematics courses excluding Math 590 and Math 699.
Included in the 54 credits of formal courses is a 12 credit cognate study
requirement. A cognate course is defined to be a course which is (i)
acceptable for graduate credit, (ii) taught in another department (a course
crosslisted with Mathematics is acceptable if registered as a course in
another department), and (iii) relevant to the major. The course work for the
cognate study requirement must be approved by the student's POS committee. A
student may satisfy the requirement by electing a minor in another
department.
In addition to the course work, the Ph.D. student must pass two written
qualifying examinations, pass an oral preliminary examination, prepare a
dissertation, and pass an oral final examination which is usually limited to
the defense of the dissertation. These requirements are described in
subsequent sections.
A grade of B or better must be earned in each core course, and a grade of
C or better in all other courses of the POS. The student must maintain a
cumulative grade point average of at least 3.33 in graduate level mathematics
courses and of at least 3.0 in all course work, exclusive of research credit.
4(iii). Comajor Ph.D. degrees
Wellqualified students are encouraged to consider a Ph.D. program having
a comajor in Applied Mathematics and some other appropriate program. Such
programs are to be initiated by a written proposal from the student to the
Mathematics Department Graduate Committee. The proposal must contain an
outline of how all requirements are to be met. Authorization by the Graduate
Committee to embark on a comajor program will be based on this proposal, and
on the academic history of the student. The POS committee is to be directed
by cochairmen, one from each of the comajor departments. The dissertation
must have significant content in both fields. Comajor programs are subject
to the following minimum standards.
 Comajor Ph.D.
students are required to earn at least 30 credits in 500600 level
mathematics courses other than Math 590 and 699. They are required to
take a total of four courses from the applied mathematics core including
at least one oneyear sequence (Math 502503 or Math 519520). They
are also required to pass one of the qualifying examinations described
in 4(v) below.
 Comajor Ph.D.
students are required to have two years of professional experience
including at least one year of supervised teaching. The other year may
be supervised research as a research assistant or associate.
4(iv). Core course requirements
The core course requirements are satisfied by taking courses from the
following list:
 Numerical Analysis 
Math 502 and 503
 Real Analysis  Math
515
 Methods of Applied
Mathematics  Math 519 and 520
 Functions of a Single
Complex Variable  Math 511
 Ordinary Differential
Equations  Math 557
The core course requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
Applied Mathematics are:
 M.S. students must
take at least four courses including either the Math 502503 sequence
or the Math 519520 sequence.
 Ph.D. students must
take all core courses in Numerical Analysis, Real Analysis, and Methods
of Applied Mathematics, and either Math 511 or Math 557.
A grade of B or better must be earned in each core course. A deficiency
may be made up by taking a final examination during a subsequent offering of
the course and receiving a grade of B or better, or by passing the
corresponding written qualifying examination.
4(v). Qualifying examinations
Ph.D. students in the Applied Mathematics Program must pass two written
qualifying examinations. They must take a written qualifying examination
covering material in two of the following four areas.
Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisor prior to
deciding which examinations to take, since certain examination combinations
may not be suitable for certain areas of research.
A student taking an examination will be responsible for the topics listed
in the appropriate syllabus. These topics are normally covered in the
appropriate core courses as listed below:
 Methods of Applied
Mathematics: Math 519520.
 Numerical Analysis:
Math 502503.
 Algebra: Math
504505 and Math 510.
 Real and Complex
Analysis: Math 51516 and Math 511.
However, the qualifying examination syllabi are definitive, and not all
topics on the syllabi are covered each year in the appropriate courses. It is
the student's responsibility to be prepared to answer questions about any
topic on the appropriate syllabus.
A student will be allowed two attempts to pass a given qualifying
examination. A student who fails the same qualifying examination twice may
appeal in writing to the Graduate Committee to take it a third time if
supported by their advisor. A student who fails any combination of three
qualifying examinations is subject to dismissal from the PhD program, and
must appeal in writing to the Graduate Committee for permission to take an
additional qualifier
Students must request the examination in advance via the GC. This is
usually done the semester before the scheduled examination so that a
committee may be formed to write and grade the examination. The examinations
are usually given twice a year: in August before or at the beginning of the
Fall semester, and in January before or at the beginning of the Spring
semester.
4(vi). Oral preliminary and final examinations
The oral preliminary examination tests a student's knowledge of the major,
minor and supporting fields of their research area. The examination is taken
after a student has passed both written qualifying examinations, satisfied
the graduate English requirement (if required), formed a POS committee, and
has an approved POS form. A student who fails the preliminary oral
examination is allowed to retake it one additional time. Six months must
elapse between the first attempt and the second. The preliminary oral
examination must be passed at least six months prior to the final defense,
unless an exception is allowed by the Dean of the Graduate College.
A form requesting scheduling of the examination must be submitted to the Graduate College at least two weeks before the
proposed date of the examination.
The final examination of an M.S. candidate is oral and comprehensive. It
normally consists of a defense of the thesis or creative component and an
examination of the candidate's knowledge of the topics covered in the program
of study.
The final examination of a Ph.D. candidate is oral, and is usually limited
to a defense of the dissertation.
4(vii). Graduate English requirements
Graduate students whose native language is not English must meet
the Graduate College English Requirement. (See the GCH for details.)
4(viii). Teaching requirement
Each Ph.D. student is required to have one year of supervised teaching.
However, if approved by the student's POS committee, equivalent supervised
experience in oral mathematics communication may be substituted for teaching.
In that case the POS committee must specify in writing what the equivalent
experience will be.
Every teaching assistant must demonstrate an ability to teach effectively.
To assure this, before the beginning of the first semester they assumes their
duties, teaching assistants are required to give a short, prepared lecture to
a panel of experienced teaching assistants and/or faculty that is suitable
for an algebra, trigonometry, or similar class. In addition, each teaching
assistant whose native language is not American English must take the
SPEAK/TEACH test (the test administered by the University to screen
applicants for classroom duties) unless such student is a native English
speaker from Australia, Canada, New
Zealand, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, or Ireland. They must
pass it at the first or second level before they are assigned a class or
recitation section, and they must pass it at the first or second level within
their first year of residence to guarantee continued financial support.
5. Satisfactory progress towards the degree
Every Spring each graduate student, with assistance from their advisor, is
required to complete a Graduate Student Activities Report for the
previous calendar year. In addition, instructors are requested to prepare
brief evaluations of each mathematics graduate student's performance in each
course; these are placed in the student's file. The Graduate Committee uses
this information to assess each student's progress and make recommendations
to the Department Chair for financial support in the next academic year.
Financial support is contingent upon satisfaction of the requirements
outlined in this section.
The Committee uses the following general guidelines as criteria to assess
progress toward the degree. International students with teaching
assistantships should pass the SPEAK/TEACH test and satisfy the Graduate
English requirement within their first year.
5(i). M.S. degree students
Students in the M.S. program should complete all requirements for the M.S.
degree in two years. Under special circumstances, the student and their
advisor may request an additional semester of support. A POS committee should
be formed before the beginning of the third semester in the M.S. program.
The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
in all course work, exclusive of research credit.
5(ii). Ph.D. degree students
A student who already possesses a U. S.
mathematics M.S. or equivalent degree on admission should complete all
requirements for the Ph.D. degree in four years. Under special circumstances,
the student and their advisor may request one additional year of support. The
student should take at least one qualifying examination by the beginning of
the third semester, pass one examination by the beginning of the fourth
semester, and pass both examinations by the beginning of the fifth semester.
The POS committee should be formed by the beginning of the fourth semester.
The oral preliminary examination should be taken no later than the end of the
sixth semester.
The student must maintain a cumulative
grade point average of at least 3.33 in graduate level mathematics courses
and of at least 3.0 in all course work, exclusive of research credit.
Ph.D. students admitted without a U. S. mathematics M.S. or equivalent degree should complete
all requirements for the Ph.D. degree in five years. Under special
circumstances, the student and their advisor may request one additional year
of support. The student should take at least one qualifying examination by
the beginning of the third semester, pass one examination by the beginning of
the fourth semester, and pass both examinations by the beginning of the sixth
semester. The POS committee should be formed by the beginning of the fifth
semester. The oral preliminary examination should be taken no later than the end
of the eighth semester.
The student must maintain a cumulative
grade point average of at least 3.33 in graduate level mathematics courses
and of at least 3.0 in all course work, exclusive of research credit.
Ph.D. students admitted without an M.S.
or equivalent degree will be required to transfer to the M.S. program during
their fourth semester if their cumulative grade point average in graduate
level mathematics courses does not exceed 3.32 at that time. Such students
are expected to complete all requirements for the M.S. degree within two
years of their initial admission. Under special circumstances, the student
and their advisor may request an additional semester of support.
Ph.D. students admitted without an M.S.
or equivalent degree will be required to transfer to the M.S. program during
their fifth semester under any of the following circumstances:
 They have failed to pass one qualifying
examination by that time;
 Their cumulative grade point average in graduate
level mathematics courses does not exceed 3.32;
 They have failed to constitute a Ph.D. POS
committee.
Such students are
expected to complete all requirements for the M.S. degree within three years
of their initial admission.
(See 5(iii) below.) For a student entering the Ph.D. program
from the M.S. program, the timeline for completion of the Ph.D. for a student
entering without an M.S. is applied to the student’s entire tenure in
the ISU Mathematics Department. Thus,
the student should complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree within five years of admission to the MS program.
Under special circumstances, the student and their advisor may request one additional
year of support. The student should pass both qualifying exams by the
beginning of the second semester in the Ph.D. program. A POS committee for
the Ph.D. should be formed by the beginning of the second semester in the
Ph.D. program. The oral preliminary examination should be taken by the end of
the eighth semester in the department.
The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least
3.33 in graduate level mathematics courses and of at least 3.0 in all course
work, exclusive of research credit.
By the end of the second year an M.S.
student desiring to continue for a Ph.D. should request admission into the
Ph.D. program. This request should be made on the Graduate Student Activities
Report or in writing to the GC. Students requesting admission into the Ph.D.
program should meet the following minimum requirements:
 They must have maintained a 3.33 or better
grade point average on graduate level mathematics courses.
 They must have passed at least one written
qualifying examination.
Students who fail to
meet these requirements will be classified as terminal M.S. candidates.
If a graduate student does not maintain
a cumulative 3.0 grade point average on all course work taken, exclusive of
research credit, they may be placed on probation by the Dean of the Graduate
College. The Graduate College places a hold on future registrations by a
student on probation; see the GCH for more details. Before a student
on probation registers for each term, there must be a review of their record
by the POS committee. Further registration will not then be permitted without
recommendation in writing by the GC to the Graduate College.
It is the purpose of the yearly review to anticipate any problems that a
student may have in making satisfactory progress toward a degree. Generally,
failure to meet the time limits or maintain the grade point averages
specified in 5(i) above and 5(ii)
above is considered the main evidence of unsatisfactory academic
progress. If the student fails to meet any of the time limits under
extenuating circumstances, they may petition the Graduate Committee for
extension of one or more of those limits.
Under certain circumstances it may be necessary to terminate a graduate
student's enrollment in a program because of lack of satisfactory academic
progress, or for other reasons as specified in the GCH.
In particular, a Ph.D. candidate who fails any combination of three
qualifying examinations is liable for dismissal. The procedures of dismissal
are spelled out in the GCH.
If dismissal is based on failure to make
satisfactory progress, the graduate student may appeal to an ad hoc grievance
committee that is appointed for this purpose by the Chair of the Mathematics
Department. Details of the constitution of the grievance committee, and the
procedures it will follow, are given in the GCH.
6. Minor requirements for students from other
departments
Ph.D. students who declare a minor in
Mathematics are required to have:
 at least 12 credits in mathematics courses
acceptable for graduate credit;
 at least 6 of the above 12 credits chosen
from Math 504,505,510,511,515 and 516.
M.S. students who declare a minor in
Mathematics are required to have at least 6 credits in mathematics courses
acceptable for graduate credit and at the 400level or above.
Ph.D. students who declare a minor in
Applied Mathematics are required to have:
 at least 12 credits in mathematics courses
acceptable for graduate credit;
 at least 6 of the above 12 credits chosen
from Math 502,503,511,515,519,520 and 557.
M.S. students who declare a minor in
Applied Mathematics are required to have at least 6 credits in mathematics
courses acceptable for graduate credit and at the 400level or above.
