(revised August, 2016)

 

Graduate Students in the MATH, STAT, or AMSC programs are expected to make reasonable progress toward their degrees. In the following charts, a supported student is one who receives funding from the Mathematics Department, either as a TA, GA or as a fellow.

Notes:
1. The time limits for support by the Mathematics Department apply even if the student is not supported by the Mathematics Department for some intervening period.
2. In the absence of exceptional circumstances, students who do not pass all of their written qualifying exams by the end of the January cycle of their THIRD year will be dropped from the program.
3. In some cases, upon admission, the Graduate Director can negotiate a slower timetable. Examples include part-time students, and students that would benefit from taking 400-level courses in their first year.
4. Since the requirements in the Scientific Computation concentration of the AMSC program are somewhat different, there is a separate set of charts for students in this concentration.
5. For students in the Applied Mathematics concentration of the AMSC program, "qualifying exam" may in some cases be replaced by its equivalent in other departments. In BMGT, this may mean two written examinations (since they only cover one semester of material each), and in CMSC this may mean "qualifying requirement".                                                                   6. Please note that it is a University requirement that a student be registered during the semester that they plan on completing their degree/graduating.

 

To convert credit hours to units:

  • 899, units = 18 × credits
  • 799, units = 12 × credits
  • 600 level, units = 6 × credits
  • 400 level, units = 4 × credits

For the AMSC requirements for Applied Mathematics and Applied Statistics, see the AMSC website

Progress expected of students in the MATH and STAT Ph.D. programs

By the end of:

Ideal progress

To maintain support

To remain in program

1st Year

Prepare for and pass 2 qualifying exams

Pass 12 credit hours with at least a 2.75 gpa

Pass 24 units each term with at least a 2.75 gpa

2nd Year

Finish the 4 courses and choose field/advisor

Pass 1 exam by January, and pass 24 credit hours, at least 15 at 600 level, with 3.0 gpa

Pass 24 units each term with at least a 3.0 gpa

3rd Year

Advance to candidacy, start working on dissertation

Pass all exams and course requirements by January

Pass all exams and course requirements by January

4th Year

Make good progress toward dissertation

Reach candidacy by March 1

Pass 24 units each term with at least 3.0 gpa

5th Year

 Finish dissertation, publish paper(s) and apply for jobs

Make good progress toward finishing dissertation

Pass 24 units each term with at least a 3.0 gpa and reach candidacy

6th Year

 

Last year of support eligibility

Have a further 4 years to complete Ph.D.

Progress expected of full-time students in M.A. or M.S. programs (non-thesis option)

By end of:

Expected progress

1st Year

Prepare for and pass 1 qualifying exam and complete at least 12 credits at the 600 level with 3.0 gpa

2nd Year

Complete course requirements and complete qualifying exams (exams must be completed by January). Must be registered during final semester.

(International students usually need to complete the Masters degree in 2 years because of visa requirements.)

Progress expected of part-time students in M.A. or M.S. programs

By end of:

Ideal progress

To remain in program

1st Year

Prepare for and pass 1 qualifying exam (non-thesis option), or complete at least 12 credits at the 600 level with 3.0 gpa (thesis option)

Pass 48 units each term with at least a 3.0 gpa

2nd Year

Complete course requirements and qualifying exam requirements (non-thesis option). Choose advisor and begin serious work on thesis (thesis option)

Pass 48 units each term with at least 3.0 gpa

3rd Year

Complete scholarly paper (non-thesis option) or thesis, receive degree

Pass 48 units each term with at least 3.0 gpa, pass 2 exams (non-thesis option) and complete course requirements.

4th Year and beyond

 

Pass final exam by end of 4th year. Complete M.A. or M.S. by end of 5th year. Must be registered during final semester.

Progress expected of students in AMSC Scientific Computation M.S. program

By end of:

Ideal progress

To remain in program

1st Year

Pass AMSC 660-663, plus one Core Science Course, with 3.5 gpa

Pass 48 units each term with at least a 3.0 gpa

2nd Year

Complete core requirements, with 3.5 gpa

Pass 48 units each term with at least 3.0 gpa

3rd Year

Complete electives and scholarly paper (non-thesis option) or thesis, receive degree

Pass 48 units each term with at least 3.0 gpa. Must be registered during final semester.