Mathematics

GRADUATE PROGRAM

Admission Requirements

In addition to all general requirements for admission to the University and to Graduate Studies, applicants must:

  1. have a bachelor’s degree (with mathematics training which includes three-dimensional calculus and at least nine additional hours of mathematics at the junior level or above from accredited institutions and approved by the Department); AND
  2. submit three letters of recommendation; AND
  3. (i) have a minimum GPA  of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale and attain a minimum GRE General Test score of  300; OR
    (ii) have a minimum GPA  of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale; OR
    (iii) have a minimum GPA  of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale on the last 60 hours.

An applicant who has a bachelor’s degree and who has a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale, and who lacks exactly one of the admission requirements (1), (2), and (3)(i) listed above, may be admitted on conditional status with departmental approval.  In the case of item (3)(i), the required GRE score must be received within the first semester of study.  In the case of item (1), at most one academic prerequisite should be missing.

Graduate Coursework:

Required Courses (18 hours)

  • MATH 509  Logic and Foundations of Mathematics (cornerstone course normally taken first semester)
  • MATH 510  Number-theoretic and Discrete Structures
  • MATH 523  Geometric and Algebraic Structures
  • MATH 584  Technology and Communication in Mathematics (capstone course normally taken in final semester)
  • MATH 578  Research in Mathematics Education
  • MATH 580 Topics in the School Mathematics Curriculum
  • MATH 595  Master’s Comprehensive Examination

Elective Courses (15 hours)
Elective course work is selected from approved courses in mathematics, education, and/or computer science.

At least nine hours of electives must be mathematics content electives.

  • MATH 511 Calculus and Analytic Structures
  • MATH 512 Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 530 Introduction to Decision Theory
  • MATH 540 Applied Matrix Analysis
  • MATH 557 Applied Analysis I
  • MATH 558 Applied Analysis II
  • MATH 570 Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving
  • MATH 573 Topics in the History of Mathematics
  • MATH 588 Topics in Mathematics
  • MATH 589 Topics in Graduate Mathematics
  • MATH 590 Topics in Graduate Mathematics

Computer Science

  • CMPS 406* Software Engineering
  • CMPS 410* Special Topics
  • CMPS 418* Artificial Intelligence and Simulation

Education/Professional Development

  • EDFR 503 Philosophy of American Education
  • EDFR 513 Independent Study in Education
  • EDTL 501 Design and Development of Multimedia Instructional Units
  • EDTL 503 Educational Telecommunications, Networks, and the Internet
  • EDTL 505 Technology Leadership in Schools
  • EDTL 506 Professional Development of K-12 Technology Integration
  • EDTL 509 Educational Technology Research, Evaluation, and Assessment
  • EDTL 511 Advanced Telecommunications and Distance Learning
  • MATH 577 Topics in Mathematics

*Undergraduate courses which may be taken for graduate credit.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1
What are the admissions requirements for the program?

Admission Requirements

In addition to all general requirements for admission to the University and to Graduate Studies, applicants must:

  1. have a bachelor’s degree (with mathematics training which includes three-dimensional calculus and at least nine additional hours of mathematics at the junior level or above from accredited institutions and approved by the Department); AND
  2. submit three letters of recommendation; AND
  3. (i) have a minimum GPA  of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale and attain a minimum GRE General Test score of  300; OR
    (ii) have a minimum GPA  of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale; OR
    (iii) have a minimum GPA  of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale on the last 60 hours.

An applicant who has a bachelor’s degree and who has a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale, and who lacks exactly one of the admission requirements (1), (2), and (3)(i) listed above, may be admitted on conditional status with departmental approval.  In the case of item (3)(i), the required GRE score must be received within the first semester of study.  In the case of item (1), at most one academic prerequisite should be missing.

Graduate Coursework:

Required Courses (18 hours)

  • MATH 509  Logic and Foundations of Mathematics (cornerstone course normally taken first semester)
  • MATH 510  Number-theoretic and Discrete Structures
  • MATH 523  Geometric and Algebraic Structures
  • MATH 584  Technology and Communication in Mathematics (capstone course normally taken in final semester)
  • MATH 578  Research in Mathematics Education
  • MATH 580 Topics in the School Mathematics Curriculum
  • MATH 595  Master’s Comprehensive Examination

Elective Courses (15 hours)
Elective course work is selected from approved courses in mathematics, education, and/or computer science.

At least nine hours of electives must be mathematics content electives.

  • MATH 511 Calculus and Analytic Structures
  • MATH 512 Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 530 Introduction to Decision Theory
  • MATH 540 Applied Matrix Analysis
  • MATH 557 Applied Analysis I
  • MATH 558 Applied Analysis II
  • MATH 570 Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving
  • MATH 573 Topics in the History of Mathematics
  • MATH 588 Topics in Mathematics
  • MATH 589 Topics in Graduate Mathematics
  • MATH 590 Topics in Graduate Mathematics

Computer Science

  • CMPS 406* Software Engineering
  • CMPS 410* Special Topics
  • CMPS 418* Artificial Intelligence and Simulation

Education/Professional Development

  • EDFR 503 Philosophy of American Education
  • EDFR 513 Independent Study in Education
  • EDTL 501 Design and Development of Multimedia Instructional Units
  • EDTL 503 Educational Telecommunications, Networks, and the Internet
  • EDTL 505 Technology Leadership in Schools
  • EDTL 506 Professional Development of K-12 Technology Integration
  • EDTL 509 Educational Technology Research, Evaluation, and Assessment
  • EDTL 511 Advanced Telecommunications and Distance Learning
  • MATH 577 Topics in Mathematics

*Undergraduate courses which may be taken for graduate credit.

 

Question #2
Can I transfer credits from another university?

Answer: A student may transfer from a regionally accredited college or university a maximum of six semester hours of degree program credit, with no grade lower than B, provided that such transfer credit shall be applicable to the degree program. Both resident and extension credits are thus acceptable. Transfer credits are subject to a five-year limitation. The student must formally petition his or her academic dean for acceptance of transfer graduate credit. Final authorization of transferred credit is made by the student’s academic dean. Credit earned at another institution while under academic or non academic suspension will not be accepted by Nicholls for transfer.

 

Question #3
What are the time limitations on courses already completed?

Answer: It is expected that all requirements for the Master’s degree (including transfer credits, if any) will be completed within six consecutive years. If requirements for a degree cannot be completed within the normal time period of six years, the student may petition for an extension of time. The petition must explain why the degree cannot be completed within the time schedule for completing the program. Final authorization will be considered only in unusual and justifiable circumstances. A course taken more than six years before completion of degree requirements may be used in a student?s degree program only if revalidated by the professor of record for the course, or one who currently teaches the course. In the event that neither is available, a certifying professor may be designated by the department head for that discipline. Revalidation must be certified in writing after an examination or other work required by the certifying professor. Only courses currently contained in the University Bulletin may be revalidated.

 

Question #4
What are my career opportunities?

Answer:

In Education:
College instructor
Community/Technical college instructor
High school teacher
Curriculum and Training
Consulting

In Business:
Analyst
Test Development
Catalog Prospecting Manager
Finance
Actuary
Consulting

Federal positions:
NSA

“The entire program’s structure is particularly well designed, from the curriculum to the nature of the client/students. The courses and requirements are good.  The courses take into account the career goals of the students.  The rich content of the program will give students the needed skills to teach the intended student body…”

– Report from the Louisiana Board of Regents

Nicholls State University is offering a Master’s Degree designed for teachers of mathematics taught through distance learning!

This new Master of Science in mathematics is uniquely designed to serve teachers seeking professional development.  The program consist of a mathematics/teacher education core consistent with post-secondary mathematics education training.  The curriculum will strengthen secondary teachers’ content understanding by enriching their knowledge of logic, mathematics, and technology, as well as curriculum and instruction methods.  The majority of the courses are offered online, allowing teachers the convenience of studying at home at their own pace.  The structure of this program is unique in the State of Louisiana.  The program is titled Master of Science in Community/Technical College Mathematics in order to also attract prospective math instructors for community or technical colleges.

We are excited to offer this unique program to teachers who are interested in obtaining their master’s degree. In addition to being a convenient way of obtaining a degree, this program is the only one in the state which allows teachers to obtain a Master of Science in mathematics while improving their instruction techniques.  This program will not only strengthen a teacher’s knowledge of math, but will add successful , modern, teaching techniques to his/her foundation, including successful new methods using technology.  The additional knowledge of higher mathematics, along with proven teaching techniques will enhance the teacher’s approach to instruction, as well as create a fresh, new outlook.

The teachers will not be the only ones to benefit from this extraordinary program. The students will also benefit from this new approach.  Our students will recognize and appreciate the additional knowledge they will gain, as well as, the change that could take place in the classrooms. These changes include a more creative teaching approach with emphasis on new technology, which is the very thing that today’s students have embraced.

We are looking forward to a brighter future for our math teachers and our future generations of students.

Core Courses

The core courses consist of:

  • Logic and Foundations of Mathematics (Cornerstone)
  • Number-theoretic and Discrete Structures
  • Geometric and Algebraic Structures
  • Technology and Communication in Mathematics (Capstone)
  • Educational Research
  • Curriculum and Instruction

Assistantships are available

Graduate assistantships valued at $5,500 each per semester are available for qualified students.  Applications will be evaluated as they are received.
For more information fill out our online application.

For more information about the Masters of Science in Mathematics program please contact:

Dr. Matthew Gamel
Email: matthew.gamel@nicholls.edu
Phone: 985-448-4382

CONTACT INFORMATION

Office Location:
108 Peltier Hall
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2026
Thibodaux, Louisiana 70310
Phone: 985-448-4381
Fax: 985-448-4374

For more information about the program please contact:

Dr. Brian Heck, Department Head (Interim), Graduate Program Coordinator
Email: brian.heck@nicholls.edu
Phone: 985.448.4383

Dr. Heather Gamel, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Email: heather.gamel@nicholls.edu
Phone: 985.448.4380