About the ProgramThe Department of Mathematical Sciences at Shawnee State University offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Mathematical Sciences. The focus of the program is the advanced study of mathematical concepts appropriate for those who want to teach college level mathematics either as an instructor at a community or technical college or as an adjunct instructor with a university. Candidates for the program may also be classroom teachers who want to be credentialed to teach dual credit math courses.
The purpose of the degree program is twofold: (1) to provide working professionals, especially high school teachers, with an accessible degree program that will allow them to complete a graduate degree in mathematics while maintaining their current employment; and, (2) to provide high school teachers with prior masters in a content area other than mathematical sciences to become qualified to teach dual-credit courses by completing 18-credit hours in their content area.
The program is not intended for those seeking state licensure to teach mathematics in grades 7-12, but is appropriate for those seeking credentialing to teach college-level mathematics courses as part of dual credit programs in high schools.
Graduate Program CurriculumThe nature of the Master of Science (M.S.) in Mathematical Sciences degree is the advanced study of mathematical concepts appropriate for those who wish to teach mathematics in a college level position that does not require a doctoral degree. This program is also appropriate for high school teachers who seek to become qualified to teach college-level mathematics courses as part of a dual credit course program in a high school. High school teachers may complete the program and earn their M.S. in Mathematical Sciences degree or complete 18-credit hours if they have a prior masters in another content area.
Degree-seeking students will complete 36 credit hours across the 5000 and 6000 levels. In addition to completing 15-credit hours from the core courses, students will complete 12-credit hours of mathematical electives and 9-credit hours of research courses that lead up to a culminating applied-research thesis. A list of the courses is provided (* 3-hours credit; ** 2-hours credit; and, *** 1-hour credit):
Core Requirements (5 courses from the following list):
- MATH5210 Abstract Algebra I*
- MATH5220 Abstract Algebra II*
- MATH5500 Applied Regression I*
- MATH6500 Applied Regression II*
- MATH5610 Mathematical Analysis I*
- MATH5620 Mathematical Analysis II*
Mathematical Electives (4 courses from the following list):
- MATH5200 Foundations of Geometry*
- MATH5300 Number Theory*
- MATH5400 Probability I*
- MATH5555 Complex Variables*
- MATH5800 Topology*
- MATH5220 Abstract Algebra II* (if not used in the Core Requirements)
- MATH6500 Applied Regression II* (if not used in the Core Requirements)
- MATH5620 Mathematical Analysis II* (If not used in the Core Requirements)
Applied Research (All courses are required).
- MATH6610 Quantitative Methods I**
- MATH6620 Quantitative Methods II and Test Theory**
- MATH6996 Applied Research I**
- MATH6997 Applied Research II**
- MATH6998 Applied Research III***