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Overview of Degree Requirements

General requirements for graduate degrees at Rutgers are governed by the rules of the Graduate School - New Brunswick and are listed in the current catalog. These include how and when credit can be transferred and how many credits can be taken each semester.

Course Requirements

48 credits (usually 16 3-credit courses) of approved coursework in Mathematics and related disciplines. The normal minimum grade for graduate courses is B, though a small number of courses with grades of C or C+ may be approved.

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Written Qualifying Exam

A 6 hour exam (3 2-hour exams on Algebra, Complex Analysis and Advanced Calculus, and Real Analysis and Elementary Point Set Topology, respectively) usually taken after the first semester in the program or at the beginning of the 2nd year of studies.

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Teacher Training Seminar

Satisfactory completion of the teacher training seminar during the Spring semester of the first year. While not required for the Ph.D., it is required for appointment to a TA position after the first year of studies.

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Oral Qualifying Exam

An oral exam (80 to 120 minutes in length) administered by a committee of four faculty on a specialized syllabus selected by the student in consultation with the committee. This exam is normally taken during the student's 5th or 6th semester in the program.

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Advancing to Candidacy

A student is designated a "Candidate for a Ph.D. degree" upon application to the graduate school, after completing the written, oral and foreign language exams (if required by the program; our program no longer has a foreign language requirement) and 36 credits of approved course work. This marks the official beginning of the student's dissertation work.

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Thesis Committee

The doctoral dissertation (or thesis) is completed under the direction of a thesis advisor, who must be a member of the Mathematics graduate faculty.

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Dissertation

A written dissertation based on original research in Mathematics, completed under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty

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Masters Degree Options

Traditional Option

For the traditional option, 30 credits of course work are required, chosen with the approval of the Graduate Director. At least 18 of these credits must be in courses offered by the Graduate Program in Mathematics. Specifically required are (i) one of the courses 16:640:501 Theory of Functions of a Real Variable I, 16:640:503 Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable I, 16:640:515 Ordinary Differential Equations, and 16:642:516 Applied Partial Differential Equations, (ii) 16:640:551 Abstract Algebra I and (iii) a course in computer science, statistics, or some area of applied mathematics within the department.

A master's essay is required, as well as a Final Master's Comprehensive Exam. There is no residency requirement.

Requests for transfer credit toward their degree for courses taken at other universities are handled on a case-by-case basis, according to the rules of the department and the university.

General requirements for graduate degrees at Rutgers are governed by the rules of the Graduate School - New Brunswick and are listed in the current catalog. These include how and when credit can be transferred and how many credits can be taken each semester.

Math Finance Option

For information about the Math Finance Option, please refer to their website: http://finmath.rutgers.edu/academics-finmath/degree-requirements-finmath

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