Dr. John Graef, Head
(423) 425-4545 or email at John-Graef@utc.edu
Dr. Ronald Smith, Graduate Program Coordinator
(423) 425-4569 or email at Ronald-Smith@utc.edu
The Department of Mathematics at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers a Master of Science degree in mathematics with concentrations in applied mathematics, applied statistics, pre-professional mathematics, and education. This program is designed to provide individuals with an in-depth understanding in their chosen area, further preparing them for work in industry, government, and education, or for further graduate studies. Completion of the program requires thirty-six (36) semester credit hours, which includes an area of application or an internship. There is also an option of composing a final thesis. Students must maintain a minimum institutional cumulative GPA of 3.0, and are subject to all regulations of the UTC Graduate School.
Faculty and the Department
The Department of Mathematics has 20 full time faculty members holding professorial rank, all of whom hold the Ph.D. degree. The graduate faculty has 11 members and their research interests span a wide variety of mathematical interests. These include linear algebra and matrix theory, modern algebra, graph theory, numerical analysis, functional analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations and difference equations, operations research, statistics and mathematics education. The Department is highly active in research as demonstrated by publications in national and international refereed journals, invited and contributed presentations at national and international conferences, service on editorial boards, and refereeing and reviewing activities. In 2005-06, more than twenty papers appeared in print, several more were accepted for publication, and more than 25 papers were presented at national and international conferences. In 2008, 28 journal articles appeared in refereed journals.
The department currently has 51 declared majors, an active Pi Mu Epilson fraternity, and a weekly colloquium series. Even though final approval for the MS degree was awarded just two weeks before the start of the fall 2009 term, there are two full time graduate students employed as teaching assistants along with a number of students taking graduate level math courses on a part time basis. With an endowment of over $1 million, the Department is able to offer very competitive assistantships and fellowships for graduate study.
Individuals must meet the admission requirements of the UTC Graduate School as stated in the Graduate Catalog Admissions Requirements. In addition, students must have a strong mathematical background at the undergraduate level, as evidenced by successful completion of critical coursework or by a baccalaureate degree in mathematics from a regionally accredited institution. Requirements may be higher for a graduate of an unaccredited institution.
Admission is a two-step process involving application to the Graduate School and application to the Department of Mathematics.
- Application to the Graduate School can be done online http://www.utc.edu/apply/
- Application to the Department requires submission of:
a. A letter of application explaining reasons why the candidate wishes to pursue graduate study in Mathematics,
b. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s scholastic ability and/or professional experience,
and, if the applicant is applying for assistantships or fellowships
c. Submission of the scores on the verbal and quantitative part of the GRE exam
- Application materials to the department should be sent to the Mathematics Graduate Program Coordinator Ronald-Smith@utc.edu E-mail submission of application letters and letters of recommendation is acceptable.
Critical Undergraduate Coursework Required For Admission
Differential and Integral Calculus with Laboratory (8 hours); Multivariable Calculus (3 hours); Differential Equations (3 hours); Elementary Linear Algebra (3 hours); Analysis (3 hours); Probability and Statistics (3 hours); Modern Algebra (3 hours); a course in Computer Science (3 hours); and two additional upper-level mathematics courses (6 hours). In addition, at least one course should emphasize mathematical proofs. Students whose academic background is considered inadequate may be asked to complete additional coursework. In addition, a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required on all upper-level mathematics courses.