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This program initiates students into graduate-level study of mathematics. For many, it is the place to begin graduate work. The two-year program is designed to provide both breadth and depth in mathematics. Students completing the Master's program are prepared to proceed into the workforce, enter a PhD program in the mathematical sciences, or to pursue an advanced degree in an allied discipline. Breadth is attained through completing a specified number of "core" courses, while depth is normally attained by writing an expository paper or a thesis. (There is also an exam option.) Students may receive a MA degree rather than an MS by showing proficiency in a language other than English.

See also a checklist that gives an overview of requirements for a Masters in Mathematics. See the current graduate handbook for a more detailed explanation of departmental and university requirements.