# Mathematics, Master of Arts (049)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/math/

**Program Coordinator**

Nicholas C. Fortune, nicholas.fortune@wku.edu, (270) 745-6231

This online program is intended for students who are secondary teachers who already hold teacher certification and are seeking rank change through earning a Master's degree. In addition, completion of this degree program would qualify the classroom teacher to teach dual credit mathematics courses at the high school level, teach at a community college or technical school, or pursue a PhD/EdD in mathematics education. This degree does not provide initial teacher certification or prepare a student for a PhD in mathematics.

## Program Admission

To be admitted to the M.A. program, students must meet the following criteria:

- Satisfy one of the following conditions:
- have a GPA of at least 3.0 in their undergraduate major, or
- have a GRE general score of at least 300.

- A bachelor's degree in mathematics, OR the completion of the following undergraduate courses, with at most one deficiency:
- calculus sequence through multivariable calculus
- linear algebra
- discrete mathematics
- probability or calculus-based statistics
- abstract algebra
- geometry

Applicants must also have or be eligible for a teaching certificate^{ }for Secondary Mathematics (grades 8-12). A copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application.

### Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

## Program Requirements (30 hours)

This program is designed to develop mathematics teachers who can positively impact student learning in their classrooms and schools. Courses and experiences include a study of advanced mathematics. The capstone for the MA in Mathematics is a research project that focuses on the teaching and learning of mathematics, from an advanced perspective.

Comprehensive exams in mathematics are required. A student who chooses to do a thesis is required to complete 6 hours of MATH 599 and to give an oral defense of the thesis.

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

Required Courses | ||

MATH 501 | Introduction to Probability and Statistics I | 3 |

MATH 503 | Introduction to Analysis | 3 |

MATH 511 | Algebra from an Advanced Perspective | 3 |

MATH 512 | Geometry from an Advanced Perspective | 3 |

MATH 515 | Introduction to Number Theory | 3 |

MATH 585 | Advanced Mathematical Thinking I | 3 |

MATH 595 | Advanced Mathematical Thinking II | 3 |

Electives | ||

Select 9 hours of the following: | 9 | |

Numerical Analysis I | ||

Numerical Analysis II | ||

History of Mathematics | ||

Algebra and Number Theory | ||

Algebraic Systems | ||

Problem Solving for Secondary Teachers | ||

Geometry II | ||

Intermediate Analysis I | ||

Partial Differential Equations | ||

Topology I | ||

Complex Variables | ||

Introduction to Operations Research | ||

Readings in Mathematics | ||

Application of Technology to Problems in Mathematics | ||

Intermediate Statistics | ||

Mathematical Modeling and Applications | ||

Topics from Algebra | ||

Applied Probability | ||

Advanced Differential Equations | ||

Real Analysis | ||

Advanced Applied Mathematics- I | ||

Advanced Applied Mathematics- II | ||

Topology II | ||

Stochastic Processes | ||

Graph Theory | ||

Advanced Topics in Discrete Mathematics | ||

Complex Analysis | ||

Topics in Operations Research | ||

Special Topics in Mathematics | ||

Thesis/Research | ||

Statistical Methods I | ||

Statistical Methods II | ||

Total Hours | 30 |

#### Secondary Education Completion Requirements

- Successfully complete all courses with a grade of C or higher
- Give acceptable presentation of action research in approved venue.
- Achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA overall in all course work.
- Successful completion of comprehensive exams.