Students eligible to take 500-level courses or any courses for graduate credit are:
  • Students who have been admitted to the MA in Mathematics Program of Jacksonville University.
  • Students who hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and who are not presently seeking a degree. These students should apply as non-degree students.

Students may transfer six (6) semester hours of appropriate graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university.



For a list of admission requirements to the MA program, see Graduate Program - MA in Mathematics Program Admission in the Admission section of this Catalog. Candidates for admission to the program leading to the MA in Mathematics are expected to have a background in basic differential and integral calculus. Students lacking in this prerequisite will be required to complete coursework in undergraduate calculus.


Fall, spring and summer semesters - $500 (per semester hour)



The MA in Mathematics Program consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work and a thesis. This work must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 24 credit hours in graduate Mathematics taken at Jacksonville University.
  • Up to six (6) credit hours of graduate credit in a related field earned at Jacksonville University or another regionally accredited institution may be applied towards the degree.
  • After a student is admitted to the MA in Mathematics Program, only work taken at another institution with prior written approval of the Chair of the Department of Mathematics will be accepted for transfer.
  • An academic average of “B” must be maintained in all work carried as a graduate student. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  • Degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of the date of initial enrollment in the program or further graduation requirements may be imposed.
  • A student automatically comes under the most recent Catalog after not attending for a full calendar year. Questions about specific course content will be directed to the advisor to the MA in Mathematics Program for resolution.


Independent study is available to MA in Mathematics students only in exceptional circumstances. Prior approval of the advisor to the MA in Mathematics Program is required. Independent study is not available for students on probation or for classes that are currently taught.

A graduate student will be placed on Academic Probation at the conclusion of any semester in which the student’s cumulative GPA is less than a 3.0(B).  The student has the following one semester (or two courses) to raise the cumulative GPA to a 3.0.  A graduate student will be dismissed from the program if the student does not raise the cumulative GPA to a 3.0 within one semester (or two courses) of being placed on Academic Probation.  A graduate student placed on Academic Probation more than one time during the program will be dismissed from the program.  A graduate student earning one grade of “F” in any graduate course will be dismissed from the program. 


The MA in Mathematics Program requires at least 30 semester hours including at least 24 semester hours selected from the following courses:

 Code Course Credit
 MATH 501 Introduction to Analysis  3
 MATH 502 Survey of Geometries  3
 MATH 503 Probability & Statistics  3
 MATH 504 Special Topics  3
 MATH 507 Number Theory  3
 MATH 508 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling  3
 MATH 510 Seminar in the History of Mathematics  3
 MATH 515 Combinatorics  3
 MATH 520 Linear Algebra  3
 MATH 531 Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations  3
 MATH 600 Thesis Seminar 1-3
  (May be repeated up to a total of 3 cr.)  

A student who has completed all coursework towards the MA in Mathematics degree but is still working on the thesis must remain continuously enrolled in MATH 699 Thesis Preparation and Research each fall and spring semester until the student completes the degree. MATH 699 does not count towards the required 30 semester hours for the MA degree or towards any other graduate degree.​