Graduate Program - Degrees

Graduate Degrees

The Department of Mathematics offers three graduate degrees, Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Ph.D. Generally, the Master of Arts degree is designed for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree for careers in teaching, business, or industry and the Master of Science degree is designed for students who plan to use mathematical theory and technique in fields outside mathematics. The Ph.D. degree is designed to provide the student with competence in several major areas of mathematics and to provide for intensive study and research in the area of specialization.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts
The M.A. degree requires 30 hours and master's thesis. M.A. students take 24 hours of approved course work and 6 hours of thesis. At least 15 of the required 24 hours must be from the year-long graduate sequences in algebra, analysis, and topology. In addition, students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency and defend their thesis at a final oral examination. More information and the precise degree requirements for an M.A. may be found in the UNT Graduate Catalog.

Master of Science
Students pursuing an M.S. degree take 36 hours of approved course work, including at least 15 hours from the year-long graduate sequences in algebra, analysis, and topology. Students are also required to demonstrate a proficiency in computer programming equivalent to that acquired in a 6-hour introductory course and to either make a formal presentation of a master's project or take a final oral examination. More information and the precise degree requirements for an M.S. may be found in the UNT Graduate Catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy
UNT requires doctoral students to complete 72 hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree or 54 hours of graduate work beyond a master's degree. Doctoral students are required to pass qualifying examinations in two areas chosen from algebra, complex analysis, real analysis, and topology. The departmental provisions concerning the qualifying examinations may be found in the Qualifying Examination Policy. Students must also demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language, write a dissertation, and take a final comprehensive oral examination, which is primarily a defense of the dissertation. More information and the precise degree requirements for a Ph.D. may be found in the UNT Graduate Catalog.

Forms

Students must file an approved degree plan with the Graduate School after completing 18 SCH (typically the first year of enrollment).  Below are the degree plan templates; please see the Graduate Advisor or Graduate Administrator with any questions.
Masters Degree Plan
Doctoral Degree Plan

Ph.D. students seeking to earn a Masters must apply for a Pass Through Masters using the form below.  You must have an approved Masters degree plan on file before submitting the application for Pass Through Masters.
Application for Pass Through Masters

Masters students who would like to enter the Ph.D. program should complete the Change of Major form below.
Change of Major Form

Further Information

More information may be obtained by sending email to the Graduate Advisor at mathgrad@unt.edu or by contacting the Department of Mathematics:

Graduate Advisor
University of North Texas
Department of Mathematics
1155 Union Circle #311430
Denton TX 76203-5017

Phone: 940/565-2155
TDD callers: (800) 735-2989
FAX: 940/565-4805