Graduate Student Handbook
Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
2011
These
requirements apply to all students entering Fall 2008 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
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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 excluding Math 590,
591, 592, 599 and 699, and these 21 hours must include at least 12 hours of
core courses subject to the conditions in 3(iv) below.
There is also a 1 credit seminar requirement which is satisfied by taking
both Math 591 and Math 592. 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 typically consists of 69 credits 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 48 credits must be in formal courses
(not research); 18 of the 48 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, 591, 592, 599 and
699. There is also a 1 credit seminar requirement which is satisfied by
taking both Math 591 and Math 592.
Included in the 48 credits of formal courses is a 6 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 can count toward the cognate requirement if
taught by a faculty member whose primary appointment is not in the
Mathematics department, or if approved by the Graduate Committee), 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.
The student is also required to take at least 3 credits of Math 699,
Research in Mathematics.
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 24 credits in 500600
level mathematics courses other than Math 590,591,592,599 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, 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 in the following cases by
passing the corresponding written qualifying examination:
 Math 504 or 510  Algebra
 Math 511 or 515  Analysis
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 exam syllabus. These topics are normally covered in the
corresponding core courses mentioned in sections 3(iv) and 4(iv). 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 excluding Math 590,
591, 592, 599 and 699, and these 21 hours must include at least 12 hours of
core courses subject to the conditions in 4(iv) below.
There is also a 1 credit seminar requirement which is satisfied by taking
both Math 591 and Math 592. 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 typically consists of 69 credits 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 48 credits must be in formal courses
(not research); 18 of the 48 must be in the core courses listed in 4(iv)below. In addition, at
least 42 must at the 500600 level, excluding Math 590, 591, 592, 599
and 699. At least 36 of these must be in 500600 level Mathematics
courses, excluding Math 590, 591, 592, 599 and 699. There is also a
1 credit seminar requirement which is satisfied by taking both Math 591 and
Math 592.
Included in the 48 credits of formal courses is a 6 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 can count toward the cognate requirement if
taught by a faculty member whose primary appointment is not in the
Mathematics department, or if approved by the Graduate Committee), 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.
The student is also required to take at least 3 credits of Math 699,
Research in Mathematics.
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 24 credits in 500600 level
mathematics courses other than Math 590, 591, 592, 599 and 699. They are
required to take a total of four courses from the applied mathematics
core including at least one oneyear sequence (Math 561562 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 in two areas.
The areas and the core courses are
 Numerical
Analysis  Math 561, 562 and 517
 Methods
of Applied Mathematics  Math 519, 520 and 557
The core course requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied
Mathematics are:
 M.S.
students must take at least two of the three courses in Numerical
Analysis and at least two of the three courses in Methods of Applied
Mathematics
 Ph.D.
students must take all six core courses.
In order to maintain flexibility for students, core course requirements
for the Mathematics degree (see 4(iv) below ) may be substituted
for the core course requirements listed above in one of the two areas of
Numerical Analysis and Methods of Applied Mathematics.
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 in the following cases by
passing the corresponding written qualifying examination:
 Math 561 or 562  Numerical Analysis
 Math 519 or 520  Methods of Applied Mathematics
4(v). Qualifying examinations
A Ph.D. student in the Applied 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 exam syllabus. These topics are normally covered in the
corresponding core courses mentioned in sections 3(iv) and 4(iv). 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.
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.
5(iii).
Admission into the Ph.D. program from the M.S. program
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.
5(iv).
Failure to maintain academic standing
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.
5(v).
Grievance procedures
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 or Applied Mathematics are
required to have at least 12 credits in Mathematics courses which are
acceptable for nonmajor graduate credit, excluding Math
590, 591, 592, 599 and 699, and of which at least 6 must be in 500600 level
Mathematics courses. M.S. students who declare a minor in Mathematics or
Applied Mathematics are required to have at least 6 credits in Mathematics
courses which are acceptable for nonmajor graduate
credit, excluding Math 590, 591, 592, 599 and 699, at the 400level or above.
The decision whether the minor is most appropriately declared in
Mathematics or Applied Mathematics shall be left to the discretion of the POS
committee.
