Thirty credits of course work are required for the MA degree, and students must spend two semesters in residence. Students are required to obtain a grade of B on a written comprehensive examination covering Real Analysis, Functions of a Complex Variable and Modern Algebra. In special cases, students may petition the department to replace the comprehensive examination by a thesis option.
Sixty-credit hours of graduate-level course work are required for admission to the PhD program. The student will then take the Advanced Qualifying Examination and, if a passing grade is obtained, immediately begin thesis research. Another six credit-hours, usually spread over three years, will be earned in the course of completing the doctoral dissertation. The doctoral degree will be awarded upon the successful defense of the dissertation.