(Adopted 1999, Updated 2011)
There are several programs at the University of Michigan leading to the Master’s Degree in Mathematics, a general program and special programs designed for students wishing to concentrate in applied mathematics, teaching or actuarial mathematics. While entering students have usually completed courses in differential equations, advanced calculus, linear algebra, and introductory modern algebra, (404, 451, 417, 412), admissibility depends on the student’s record and background in view of the type of program being pursued.
In all areas, programs are planned in consultation with a counselor; course elections and requirements are subject to the approval of the counselor. Students who may enter a doctoral program at a future date are encouraged to follow programs that will provide a good foundation and an easy transition to doctoral studies. Elementary courses taken to fill gaps in undergraduate preparation are not counted toward credit hour degree requirements.
All programs require a minimum of 24 graduate credits in approved courses including 2 cognate courses. There is no foreign language requirement in any of the Master’s Degree Programs. The writing of a thesis is not required, although students continuing in a doctoral program may substitute a master’s thesis for a course. While cognate courses may be chosen from other program areas in mathematics, potential doctoral students are encouraged to elect cognates in such a manner as to satisfy the cognate requirements of the doctoral program. Well-prepared students can complete master’s degree requirements in most programs by taking four courses in each of the fall and winter terms. Students with less preparation or lighter course loads can usually complete requirements during an additional term.
Specific degree requirements for each of the programs are detailed below. When one of a set of courses is required, the student should elect the highest level course for which he is prepared. Courses elected to satisfy condition 1 may also be used to satisfy condition 2. A course in these programs can usually be replaced by a more advanced level course. All course elections and deviations from prescribed programs must receive counselor approval before courses are taken.
General Master’s Program
This program has a minimum requirement of twenty-four credit hours of course work that includes two cognate courses. In addition, the program must satisfy each of the following conditions:
1. The program must include 420, 452 and 590 unless equivalent courses have already been completed.
Applied Mathematics Master’s Program
(Not to be confused with AIM – information on AIM can be found on the AIM Website)
There are two options in this program. One option is a program concentrating in classical applied mathematics, differential equations, and/or numerical analysis and scientific computing; the second focuses on the mathematics of optimization, or on stochastic processes. Each option has a minimum requirement of twenty-four credit hours of course work that includes two cognate courses. In addition, a program under the first option must satisfy conditions 1, 2 and 3, and a program under the second option must satisfy conditions, 1, 2* and 3.
1. The following two courses must be included in the program unless equivalent courses have already been completed; 420 and 452. The program must also include one course at or above the 500 level not in analysis (including probability) or classical applied mathematics. Examples at the 500 level of the latter type of course include: 531, 532, 535, 565, 566, 567, 575, 582, 590, 591, 592, 593, and 594.
Mathematics Program for Secondary School Teachers
This program is designed for persons who have completed or are completing the requirements for a secondary school teacher’s certificate. An effort is made to construct a program for each student that will provide a broad background in mathematics and that will be compatible with the student’s vocational objectives. While several courses that apply to the program are offered in the spring and summer terms, at the present time, the program cannot be completed by summer attendance only. Well prepared students can complete the degree program with a minimal twenty-four credit hours of course work that includes two cognate courses. Entering students who have not recently completed courses in advanced calculus, linear algebra, and introductory modern algebra (equivalent to Math 451; 417 or 419; and 412) are ordinarily advised to complete those additional courses; such a program would require up to thirty hours of course work. In addition, a program must satisfy each of the following conditions:
1. The following courses must be included in the program unless equivalent courses have already been completed: 420; 490 or 590; and 452 or 555.
Actuarial Mathematics Master’s Program
Those interested in a career in actuarial mathematics can elect from the course listing below. Specific modifications will be made after consultation with Professor Curtis Huntington. These modifications will be individually designed to reflect gaps in past educational experiences and to reflect future actuarial plans, particularly as they relate to the professional actuarial examinations.
For example, a student with a strong Economics background might be advised to elect specialized courses in Statistics while a student with a strong Statistics background might be advised to elect Economics courses in addition to classes in Mathematics.
In all cases, students with deficiencies in Validation by Education Experience (VEE) subjects will be advised on ways to fill these gaps. Some students already know which area of actuarial mathematics they are interested in pursuing and will be assisted in choosing appropriate courses that should prove useful in preparing for the examinations of the Society of Actuaries (life, health, pensions) or the Casualty Actuarial Society (general or property and casualty).
Each student will be expected to complete 24 credit hours, generally spread over 2 academic years. Students will be encouraged and assisted in searching for an internship during the interim summer.
Core courses required of all students are Mathematics 520 (Life Contingencies I), 521 (Life Contingencies II) and 523 (Risk Theory). The remaining courses will vary, as outlined below, for each student.
1. The following two courses must be included in the program unless equivalent courses have already been completed; 420 & 452. The program must also include one course at or above the 500 level not in analysis (including probability) or classical applied mathematics. Examples at the 500 level of the latter type of course include: 531, style="margin-left:1.0in;text-indent:-.5in;"532, 535, 565, 566, 567, 582, 590, 591, 592, 593 and 594.