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Mathematics Master's Programs

The department offers two Mathematics master's degrees: Master's of Arts in Mathematics and Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics. Full-time students typically complete the program in two years; part-time students typically take three years. The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences has an upper limit of four years to complete the degree requirements. If endorsed by the department, extensions may be granted upon petition to the Dean.


Program Requirements

  • 30 Credit hours of approved graduate work.
  • No qualifying exams

Credit Hours of Graduate Work 

The Master's of Arts in Mathematics requires 30 credit hours of approved course work in mathematics.

The Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics requires 30 credit hours of approved course work divided between mathematics and one of the following areas of application: physics, computer science, statistics, operations research, economics, engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical, or systems). At most 12 of the required credit hours can be outside mathematics. Students must petition and obtain the approval of the graduate committee in order to register for courses outside the department.

Math 6995, Reading and Research (independent study), can be taken only by petition to, and with the approval of, the graduate committee.

Subject to the approval of the graduate committee (requested via petition) and the agreement of the instructor, mathematics graduate students may take the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit: Math 3710, 3720, 3730, 3740, 3613, 3632, 4239, 4240, 3848 and 4981. Graduate students in such courses must be assigned appropriate additional work to bring the courses up to the graduate level. These courses may comprise up to 6 of the required credit hours.

Up to one-quarter of the work toward a Master's degree may be via courses offered by other institutions in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Students wishing to take such courses must petition and obtain the approval of the graduate committee.

 

Graduate Forms

Master's Forms

Forms to be Completed by Students

  • Transfer Credit Form 
    If transfer credit is appropriate, this form is completed in consultation with the student's advisor.
    Submitted to: the graduate committee (which forwards it to CCAS).
    Copies to: the student's departmental file.
  • Petition to take Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit
    To take an undergraduate courses for graduate credit, this form must be completed in advance of registration and in consultation with the student's advisor and the instructor for the course.
    Submitted to: the graduate committee (which notifies CCAS if the course is approved).
    Copies to: the student's departmental file.
  • Petition to take Courses Outside the GW Mathematics Department
    To take a course outside the department, whether in another department at GW or at another institution in the consortium, this form must be completed in advance of registration and in consultation with the student's advisor.
    Submitted to: the graduate committee.
    Copies to: the student's departmental file.
  • Consortium Registration Information, Instructions, and Form
    Submitted to: Consortium Coordinator at the Registrar's Office.
  • Graduate Student Petition Form 
    This form is used for all other petitions, such as requests for leaves of absence or extensions of deadlines. When this form is applicable, it is completed in consultation with the student's advisor.
    Submitted to: the graduate committee (which, if appropriate, forwards it to CCAS). 
    Copies to: the student's departmental file.
  • Application for Graduation
    A student must file an Application for Graduation with CCAS (Phillips 107) by the date indicated on the University Calendar for the semester or summer in which he or she intends to graduate.