Department of Mathematics

West Chester University

Mathematics Information
Office: Room 101
25 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2440
Fax (610) 738-0578
Email: Department Chair


Master of Arts in Mathematics (Mathematics Option)

The mathematics option is for students interested in furthering their mathematical background. It provides the foundation for continued work in mathematics leading to the Ph.D. in mathematics.

Admission to the M.A. Program

In addition to meeting the basic admission requirements of the University, applicants must schedule an interview with the graduate coordinator prior to enrollment. Applicants must have a minimum of 30 semester hours of mathematics, including a full treatment of calculus, at least one advanced undergraduate course in modern algebra, and one in advanced calculus. Deficiencies in these areas may be removed by successfully completing appropriate courses. Applicants must submit scores for the general section of the GRE.

Requirements for the M.A. Degree

In addition to completing the course requirements shown below, candidates must either pass a comprehensive examination or submit a thesis.

Mathematics Option (33 semester hours)

One three-credit course in each (18 semester hours): MAT 515, 516, 545, 546, 575 and an approved course in statistics or applied mathematics

MAT or STA electives (15 semester hours)
Chosen from the MAT or STA course offerings (see Graduate Mathematics Courses) (except MAT 503 and MAT 541) after 27 credits have been completed, the student selects either two more courses or the thesis option and then takes the two thesis courses listed below.