Jun 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Master of Science in Applied Mathematical Sciences

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Students should consult the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding Graduate School admission requirements, transfer credit, and other critical policies and procedures.


The Master of Science in Applied Mathematical Sciences prepares students for professional careers or more advanced degrees in mathematics or statistics. Objectives of the program are as follows:

  • To provide students with opportunities to refine their skills and core competencies in discrete mathematics and statistics through the advancement and development of concepts, techniques, and methodologies appropriated in the field.
  • To prepare students for work in the fields where a knowledge of mathematics, statistics, algorithms, and computer programming would be highly-valued.
  • To facilitate the development of advanced skills in an environment that will ensure both a realistic and varied exposure to contemporary discrete mathematics and statistics problems.
  • To promote the integration and application of cutting edge concepts and approaches in the discrete and statistics field.

Prerequisite Requirements

Candidates for admission must have a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, or a related field from a regionally-accredited four-year college or university.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Applied Mathematical Sciences Degree

Unconditional Admission

Hold bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, or a related field from a regionally-accredited four-year college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or a 3.0 on grade point average for the last 30 semester hours. All hours attempted in the term in which the 30 semester hours were reached will be used to calculate the grade point average. All transcripts from any colleges or universities attended are required.

Conditional Admission

For those students who cannot satisfy all unconditional admission requirements, conditional admission may be granted under certain circumstances. Individuals admitted on a conditional basis may satisfy the requirements for unconditional admission as follows:

  1. Students not having a 2.5 undergraduate grade point average may satisfy the requirement by the successful completion of nine semester hours of graduate MTH or STAT courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  2. A student with a bachelor’s degree outside the field of Mathematics or Statistics may satisfy the bachelor’s degree requirement by completing ALL the following courses or their equivalent:
    • MTH 2220 - Computer Programming for Mathematics
    • MTH 2227 - Calculus III
    • MTH 3318 - Introduction to Advanced Mathematics
    • STAT 2210 - Introductory Statistics

Additonal courses may be required by the Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Advisor depending o the student’s background. A student must complete all courses with a grade point average of 3.0.

Note: To remain eligible for Federal Financial Aid, all undergraduate courses MUST be completed before students enroll in any graduate courses. Students receiving Federal Financial Aid may NOT enroll in undergraduate courses after they have begun graduate coursework.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of four courses (12 semester credit hours) taken at another regionally accredited institution, each with a “B” or better, can be applied toward the degree. These courses must be comparable in catalog description to Troy University courses in the department’s graduate program and must be recommended for transfer credit by the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Non-thesis students who transfer a “core” course are still required to take a written comprehensive exam based on the material presented at Troy University.

Degree Options

There are two degree options: thesis and non-thesis. In the thesis option, the student must successfully complete and defend a thesis as well as complete other requirements stated below. See Thesis Guidelines for additional information. In the non-thesis option, the student must pass two written comprehensive exams and must successfully complete a research paper.

Degree Requirements

The successful completion of 33 semester hours, including 6 hours of thesis research for the thesis option; and 33 semester hours, including 3 hours of research project for the non-thesis option. Also, the student must have an overall grade point average of 3.0, and successful completion of a thesis or a paper. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in a required course, the course must be retaken. In both cases, a student must complete the required courses and choose one of the two specialization concentrations.


All courses offer three semester hours credit.


  1. Complete 33 SH of graduate-level courses to include 6 SH of course MTH 6692  or STAT 6621 
  2. Maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA;
  3. Successfully complete and defend a thesis; AND
  4. 6 hours of thesis research.


  1. Complete 33 SH of graduate-level courses to include 3 SH of course MTH 6625  or STAT 6620 ;
  2. Maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA;
  3. Pass 2 written comprehensive examinations; AND
  4. Successfully complete an approved research paper.

Select one concentration:

Discrete Mathematics and Modeling Concentration

Select three courses from the following (9 sh):

Select one option below:

Non-Thesis Option (15 sh):

Thesis Option (15 sh):

  • Select any 3 graduate (5000-6000 level) courses from the following (9 sh): Computer Science, Mathematics, and/or Statistics.

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