College of Science, Engineering and Technology
   Neil Weber, Dean
   Robert Pervine, Assistant Dean and Graduate Coordinator
   201A Martha Layne Collins Center for Industry and Technology
   270-762-3391
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Academic Departments
 Biological Sciences 
 Chemistry 
 Geosciences 
 Industrial and Engineering Technology 
 Mathematics and Statistics 
 

Graduate Programs
 Biology
 Chemistry 
 Geosciences
 Management of Technology
 Mathematics
 Telecommunications Systems Management 
 Water Science

 
   The College of Science, Engineering and Technology has an outstanding record of excellence in teaching and research in the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, Industrial and Engineering Technology, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics and Engineering. The college’s programs are strong because of its talented, dedicated, and student-oriented faculty. The faculty also have an impressive record of attracting extramural research funding which enhances equipment holdings and promotes the involvement of students in research. Students can expect to have considerable interaction with research faculty in both the classroom and laboratory, and will be exposed to state-of-the-art hardware and software. Graduates from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology are well prepared for further graduate study or to enter the workplace immediately.
 Graduate degrees offered though the College of Science, Engineering and Technology are the master of arts in geoscience and mathematics; the master of science in biology, chemistry, geoscience, management of technology, mathematics, and water science; and master of arts in teaching in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. The college also offers courses in support of the master of arts in education. Further, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, in conjunction with the College of Business and Public Affairs, offers a master of science in telecommunications systems management.
 The Center for Reservoir Research (CRR), one of only five designated Centers of Excellence in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, has been in existence since 1987. In cooperation with state and national agencies such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources, and with private organizations and regional industry, the CRR maintains a program of research that insures Murray State’s involvement in environmental concerns on regional, state, national, and international levels.
 The Center for Watershed Environments (CWE) is a newly formed center that will build upon the accomplishments of the CRR and significantly expand the scope of Murray State’s reservoir related research programs to explicitly include comprehensive studies of reservoirs at the landscape scale. The CWE, which is located in a unique region consisting of the confluence of four major rivers and two large reservoirs, offers the opportunity for graduate study and interdisciplinary research applied to understanding the complexity of interactions between human-altered landscapes and adjoining reservoirs.
 The CRR and the CWE each draw on three components within the College of Science, Engineering and Technology: the Hancock Biological Station (HBS), the Mid-America Remote sensing Center (MARC), and the Chemical Services Laboratory (CSL). The HBS, located on Kentucky Lake, is one of the finest facilities of its kind in the Midwest. Serving as the primary research facility for aquatic biologists and ecosystem scientists, the HBS provides a unique opportunity for graduate study and research. At MARC, scientists and students apply remote sensing technology and geographic information science to study environmental data obtained from observatory satellites and aircraft. The CSL provides state-of-the-art chemical analysis for studies in environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, trace elements, and acid deposition.
 The Center for Telecommunications Systems Management, designated a Center of Distinction by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, offers interdisciplinary courses and programs in conjunction with the College of Business and Public Affairs. Controlled student/teacher ratios, excellent computer support, and close collaboration with related business and industry, insures that students in the Center’s programs develop professionally and graduate with the business insight and technical ability to manage all aspects of telecommunications systems.
 With a highly qualified faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology provides its graduates with the educational foundation on which to build a successful and fulfilling career.

Interdisciplinary Program  in Water Science
Graduate Coordinator - David S. White
Hancock Biological Station
(270) 474-2272

  The Center for Reservoir Research program in water science is an interdisciplinary master’s program designed to prepare students for careers or for further graduate study in the broader aspects of water management and science. Each student’s course of study will be designed to fit individual educational goals and may be concentrated in any aspect of water science. All students must complete a core curriculum, advanced courses in their areas of interest and a research thesis. During the first semester, students must work at either the Chemical Services Laboratory, the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center, or the Hancock Biological Station.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet all Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). A faculty member must agree to mentor the student. Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows:

Unconditional
• Baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics, or a closely related field.
• At least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
• Composite GRE score of at least 1,000 (500 verbal + 500 quantitative).

Conditional
Recommendation of the advisory committee.


Master of Science in Water Science

CIP 26.1304

THESIS TRACK ONLY

Total Course Requirements 36 hours
BIO 535 Watershed Ecology (same as GSC 535)
BIO 669 Biological Limnology
BIO 670 Limnological Analysis Lab
GSC 665 Physical/Chemical Limnology
WSC 690 Seminar
WSC 698-699 Thesis
Graduate courses in related fields (17 hrs)
 (as determined by advisory committee; at least eight hours at 600-level)

Other Degree Requirements
• Successful completion of courses in both statistics and introduction to computers, or MAT 565.
• Written and oral comprehensive examinations as specified by the advisory committee in broad aspects of water science and area of concentration (usually taken in third semester of residence).
• Defense of thesis.
 
Department of Biological Sciences
Chair - Tom Timmons
Graduate Coordinator - Edmund J. Zimmerer
335 Blackburn Science Building
270-762-2786

  The Department of Biological Sciences offers the master of science degree. The M.S. program is designed to prepare the student to assume an active career in teaching and/or research or to pursue further graduate studies. The department also participates in a cooperative Ph.D. program with the University of Louisville (see graduate coordinator for information) and the master of arts in education degree in secondary education with a teaching area in biology (see Chapter 5).

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). A faculty member must agree to mentor the student. Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows.

Unconditional
• Undergraduate courses in botany, zoology, ecology and genetics.
• Eight undergraduate hours in chemistry.
• Composite GRE score of 1,000 (V+Q) or higher.

Conditional
Recommendation of the advisory committee.


Master of Science in Biology

CIP 26.0101

Within the guidelines, the individual’s program is developed by an advisory committee to ensure proficiency in the basic areas of zoology, botany, ecology and genetics. The thesis track is strongly recommended for anyone considering further research or graduate activities.

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
BIO 689 Introduction to Graduate Study
BIO courses, 600-level (8 hrs)
BIO courses, 500- or 600-level (3-12 hrs)
Graduate courses in related fields (0-9 hrs)
BIO 696 Understanding Scientific Communication
BIO 697 Seminar
BIO 698-699 Thesis

Other Degree Requirements
• Proficiency in quantitative methods through MAT 565 or a graduate course in bioinformatics.
• A preliminary examination will be given in the student’s first semester to assess the student’s understanding of principles across the diverse disciplines of biology.
• Oral defense of thesis.

NON-THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 36 hours
BIO 689 Introduction to Graduate Study
BIO courses, 600-level (14 hrs)
BIO courses, 500- or 600-level (6-18 hrs)
Graduate courses in related fields (0-12 hrs)
BIO 696 Understanding Scientific Communication
BIO 697 Seminar

Other Degree Requirements
• Successful completion of an undergraduate level statistics course plus either MAT 565 or a graduate course in bioinformatics.
• A preliminary examination will be given in the student’s first semester to assess the student’s understanding of principles across the diverse disciplines of biology.
• BIO 695 Biological Research (4) with prior approval of the research topic by the student’s graduate committee; results to be presented while enrolled in BIO 697.

Graduate courses must include a minimum of one 500- or 600-level course from each of the following fields:  botany, zoology, ecology, and genetics. Specific courses that fulfill the requirements for these fields will be defined by the faculty.


Master of Arts in Education 
(Secondary Education) with Biology Specialization

CIP 13.1205

Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education (see Chapter 5) may complete a biology specialization with 12 hours of 500- or 600-level biology courses.


Joint Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)

The department has a cooperative Ph.D. program with the University of Louisville in aquatic biology and the environmental sciences. A student accepted to this program will complete at least one year of work at the University of Louisville taking specific course work and/or conducting research. The remaining two to three years will be spent in residence at Murray State University. A written dissertation will be required and the degree conferred by the University of Louisville. Additional information can be obtained from the graduate coordinator in the Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University.
 
Department of Chemistry
Chair - Judy Ratliff
Graduate Coordinator - Harry B. Fannin
270-762-2584

The Department of Chemistry offers the master of science degree. The M.S. degree in chemistry is designed to prepare students for additional graduate work, as well as for immediate employment in industry or community colleges. 


Master of Science in Chemistry

CIP 40.0501

The thesis track is expected of all full-time graduate students who do not have substantial work-related research experience. The non-thesis track is intended for candidates with at least two years experience in industrial or governmental laboratories. Generally such students are working toward the M.S. degree on a part-time basis while continuing employment. Approval is required.

Requirements for Admission
 Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional information regarding unconditional and conditional admission is given below.

Unconditional
To qualify for unconditional admission, an applicant must have undergraduate preparation in chemistry. If that preparation does not conform to an American Chemical Society certified program, the student may be asked to correct any deficiencies.

Conditional
Requirements for conditional admission are the same as MSU requirements (Chapter 2).

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 30-321 hours2
CHE 511 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
CHE 519 Instrumental Analysis
CHE 527 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHE 581 Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHE 601 Seminar
CHE 602 Seminar

Research and Other Requirements
CHE courses, 600-level (10 hrs)
CHE 698-699 Thesis Research
132 hours required if student must take all 500-level core courses as a graduate student.
2Must include a minimum of 12 hours at the 600-level in addition to thesis work.
3Each student is expected to prepare and present one seminar based on a thorough literature search, and one based on the student’s thesis research.

Other Degree Requirements
Submission and defense of a satisfactory thesis.

THESIS TRACK
CHEMICAL PHYSICS OPTION

Total Course Requirements 30-321 hours2
CHE 511 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHE 519 Instrumental Analysis
CHE 527 Advanced Organic Chemistry3
CHE 581 Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHE 601 Seminar4 
CHE 602 Seminar4 

Research and Other Requirements
CHE and PHY courses, 600-level (10 hrs)
CHE or PHY 698-699 Thesis Research
132 hours required if student must take all 500-level core courses as a graduate student.
2Must include a minimum of 12 hours at the 600-level in addition to thesis work.
3PHY 580 may be substituted for one of these courses.
4Each student is expected to prepare and present one seminar based on a thorough literature search, and one based on the student’s thesis research.

Other Degree Requirements
Submission and defense of a satisfactory thesis.

NON-THESIS TRACK
GENERAL CHEMISTRY OPTION

Total Course Requirements 30 hours1
CHE 511 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
CHE 518 Instrumental Analysis (3)
(may be substituted for CHE 519 upon approval for students with extensive instrumental laboratory experience) 
 -or-
CHE 519 Instrumental Analysis (5) 
CHE 527 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHE 581 Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHE 601 Seminar
CHE 602 Seminar

Other Degree Requirements
CHE courses, 600-level (13 hrs)
CHE course, 500- or 600-level (1-3 hrs)

1Must include a minimum of 15 hours at the 600-level.
2CHE 601 can be based on the candidate's work experience, and will include a written report on this experience to be used to evaluate the acceptability of this work in lieu of a thesis. CHE 602 will be a literature seminar.


Master of Arts in Education 
(Secondary Education) with Chemistry Specialization

CIP 13.1205

Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education (see Chapter 5) may complete a chemistry specialization with 12 hours of 500- or 600-level chemistry courses.
Department of Geosciences
Chair - Tom Kind
Graduate Coordinator - Tom Kind
104 Wilson Hall
270-762-2591
  
  The Department of Geosciences offers the master of arts and master of science degrees that focus upon applications of remote sensing and geographic information technologies. Students are prepared for positions in business, industry, and government and study at the Ph.D. level. The department also offers courses in support of the master of arts in education.
  Geosciences is closely associated with the Mid-America Remote sensing Center (MARC) where hardware and software related to remote sensing and geographic information science are also located. Research and coursework related to water resources are offered through the   Commonwealth Center of Excellence of Reservoir Research (CRR). In addition, students have the opportunity to conduct research in conjunction with activities at the Wickliffe Mounds Research Center that is situated on a village site of a prehistoric mound-building culture of the Mississippi River Valley.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). The department requires that three letters of recommendation accompany application materials. A letter discussing reasons for the applicant’s interest in the program should also be forwarded. Submission of GRE scores is encouraged but not required. Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows.

Unconditional
To qualify for unconditional admission, an applicant must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in a geoscience (or related) field.

Conditional
Students admitted conditionally are admitted to full standing after completing (1) any remedial courses required by the graduate faculty and (2) one semester of graduate work with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above.


Master of Arts/Master of Science 
in Geosciences

CIP 40.0601

The student’s program is developed in consultation with the graduate coordinator. 

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
GSC 512 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GSC 521 Geographic Information Systems
GSC 619 Seminar in Research Techniques
GSC 640 Advanced Remote Sensing
GSC 660 Spatial Analysis Techniques
GSC courses at 600-level (3 hrs)
GSC or related courses at 500- or 600-level (5 hrs)
GSC 698-699 Thesis Research

Other Degree Requirements
• Proficiency in quantitative methods through MAT 565.
• Oral defense of thesis.

NON-THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 33 hours
Same as above with the following substitution for thesis:

GSC courses, at 600-level increase to 8 hrs
GSC or related courses at 500- or 600-level increase to 9 hrs

Other Degree Requirements
• Proficiency in quantitative methods through MAT 565.
• Written and oral comprehensive examinations.


Master of Arts in Education 
(Secondary Education) with Geography Specialization

CIP 13.1205

Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education (see Chapter 5) may complete a geography specialization with 12 hours of 500- or 600-level geography courses.


Master of Arts in Education 
(Secondary Education) with Earth Science Specialization

CIP 13.1205

Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education (see Chapter 5) may complete an earth science specialization with 12 hours of 500- or 600-level earth science courses.
 
 
Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology
Chair - Daniel M. Claiborne
Graduate Coordinator - Michael Kemp
253 Industry and Technology Center
270-762-3392
  The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology offers the master of science degree in management of technology. This degree is designed for individuals who wish to further their knowledge of management, leadership, and technology. The program is appropriate for graduates with backgrounds in technology, engineering, science, and mathematics and other related fields who have significant business/industrial work experience.
   The management of technology degree places emphasis on the involvement with real situations and problems for an industrial setting. A broad range of selections are provided in the areas of resource management, supervision and training, quality control, environment and safety management, business and finance, research, communications, and information systems. 

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required admission to this program.

Unconditional
  Admission to the master of science program in management of technology is open to persons holding a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college in engineering, engineering technology, science, or related fields. Persons holding degrees in other fields may also apply if the nature of the professional employment has provided significant technology-related experience. Courses included in the program of study may require prerequisite course work.
  Unconditional admission requires a 2.75 grade point average (GPA based on an A equals 4.0).

Conditional
  Students denied unconditional admission to master of science degree programs in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, but who meet University requirements for conditional admission (outlined in Chapter 2), may petition for conditional admission. Conditional admission is usually reserved for applicants whose previous education and/or experience is evaluated by the department chair to indicate a likelihood of success. Students applying for conditional admission must have a GPA of 2.25 to 2.74 (2.00 to 2.24 with department permission). A student accepted conditionally will be expected to complete nine hours of prescribed work with a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA. These initial nine hours are assigned by the advisor and may be in addition to the student’s program of study. After completion of these nine hours the Departmental Graduate Committee will evaluate the student’s progress. The first nine hours may include undergraduate or graduate courses as directed by the department. Depending on the student’s undergraduate preparation, undergraduate courses may be required before enrolling in any graduate courses. Graduate courses may be allowed concurrently with these undergraduate courses in special situations.

Language Proficiency
  Applicants whose native tongue is not English or who did not graduate from an English speaking college or university must demonstrate language proficiency. They must meet the following requirements:
• International TOEFL ³ 500 (173 computer-based) or completion of ESL Level VI with a score of 500 on the institutional test for unconditional admission. Students with an international TOEFL of less than 500 may be requested to enroll in additional English language coursework, e.g. ENG 109, depending on the results of a departmental language proficiency interview.
• Departmental language interview.


Master of Science in 
Management of Technology

CIP 15.0000

  The management of technology program is designed for individuals who are seeking positions of increased leadership and responsibility in business, industry, and government. Emphasis is placed on involvement with real situations and problems. The student, in consultation with an advisor, will develop an interdisciplinary plan of study to increase skills in a specific technical area and to strengthen abilities to communicate effectively in the management of technical functions. 

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
 (15 hours must be 600-level)
Fifteen semester credit hours must be CET, GCM, IET, ITD, or TSM courses offered and approved by the Department of Industrial & Engineering Technology. Students must choose at least one course from each of the following five categories. Category requirements may be waived if the student demonstrates to the department graduate committee proficiency in that category based on work experience or education. Note: Some courses may require prerequisites; students must work closely with advisor.

Resource Management
GCM 560 Plant Equipment Layout and Purchasing
IET 597 Quality Control
IET 619 Industrial Energy Management
IET 691 Industrial Operations
IET 692 Plant Layout and Material Handling
IET 693 Systems Management Technology

Supervision/Training
GCM 554 Painting Production and Manufacturing Management
IET 596 Industrial Relations
IET 695 Industrial Supervision
MGT 550 Human Resource Management
MGT 551 Organizational Behavior
MGT 553 Human Resource Selection
MGT 575 Labor-Management Relations

Environment, Safety Management
CET 555 Environmental Regulatory Affairs
CET 681 Pollution Assessment and Control
CET 682 Industrial Environmental Management
CET 686 Environmental Assessment and Remediation
CET 688 Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention
OSH 550 Safety and Health Program Management Training

Business, Finance
ECO 500 Foundations of Economic Analysis
FIN 520 Risk Management
GCM 556 Communications Sales Management
IET 584 Engineering Economic Analysis
MKT 568 Global Marketing Management

Research, Communications and Information Systems
ADM 630 Methods of Research
COM 585 Advanced Organizational Communication
COM 681 Seminar in Conflict Resolution
GCM 552 Survey of Graphic Communication Management
GCM 558 Trends in Graphic Communication
IET 679 Technical Writings
IET 697 Research in Industrial and Engineering Technology
TSM 601 Industrial Overview and Telecommunications Applications
TSM 602 Telecommunications Systems Laboratory
TSM 610 Advanced Telecommunications Systems

Other Degree Requirements
• Students may take no more than three independent study courses unless approved by the department graduate committee. This may include courses such as: IET 571, IET 578, IET 678, IET 679, or IET 697. 
• No more than two courses may be taken with the following prefixes (without prior advisor approval): ACC, BPA, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT, or MKT.
• A written comprehensive examination is required as a component of graduation requirements.

Note: A thesis track is available with the management of technology degree. Students interested in this track must receive departmental approval and direct guidance in the development of the thesis direction.
 

Telecommunications Systems Management
SET Coordinator - Daniel Claiborne
270-762-6970

A joint venture between the College of Business and Public Affairs and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, the masters program in telecommunications systems management provides students a core of fundamental courses and the option of choosing a specialization within the curriculum. Although students in the masters program will have the insight and ability to manage all aspects of telecommunications systems, the program option choice will support the aspect of management which interests them most, the physical systems and its components or the business structure and operations that depend on the system.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). For admission consideration, all candidates must take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). There are no exceptions to this rule. Scores should be sent directly to Murray State University by the testing service using the institution code 1494. 

Unconditional
Students taking the GMAT must satisfy the GMAT admission formula, which is: (200 x GPA) + GMAT > 1,000 points. If the GRE is taken, on the other hand, the GRE formula must be satisfied, which is: (200 x GPA) + GRE > 1,400 points. This GRE formula uses the combined score from the quantitative and verbal sections only.
In addition, candidates must take the TOEFL and score at least 550 on the paper-based exam (or 213 on the computerized version) if English is not their native language or they have not graduated from an accredited English speaking university. 

Conditional
TSM applicants may be admitted conditionally under the following conditions: 1) their overall GPA is 2.75 or higher, or at least 3.0 for their last 60 hours of undergraduate study; and 2) they take the GMAT or GRE and meet the admission formula within their first semester in the program, and 3) for the first nine hours of graduate work, students admitted conditionally must take TSM 601, TSM 602 and one course selected from ACC 604, FIN 612, or MGT 651. Such students will be dropped from the TSM graduate program if they do not achieve at least a 3.0 GPA (at least a B average) for the first nine hours of graduate courses.


Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management

CIP 11.0401

NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
ACC 604 Quantitative Financial Controls
FIN 612 Capital Investment Analysis
MGT 651 Seminar in Organizational Behavior
TSM 601 Industry Overview and Telecommunications Applications
TSM 602 Telecommunications Systems Laboratory
TSM 610 Telecommunications Systems I
TSM 630 Telecommunications Legal Environment
TSM 680 Telecommunications Solution Development

and two of the following:
ACC 608 Seminar in Accounting Information Systems
CIS 609 Datawarehousing and Data Mining
CIS 647 Systems Analysis and Design for End User/Manager
CSC 607 Distributed Database Applications
ECO 625 Managerial Economics
MKT 667 Marketing Planning and Application
MKT 675 Marketing Applications in E-Business
MKT 685 Business Geographics for Managers
TSM 670 Developing E-Commerce Applications
TSM 688 Telecommunications Systems Practicum
 
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Chair - Donald Bennett
Graduate Coordinator - Renee Fister
6C-9 Faculty Hall
270-762-2311
  The master of science and master of arts degrees are designed to provide students with the opportunity to study graduate level mathematics so that they may (1) obtain preferred employment in mathematics with government or industry, (2) teach at the junior college level or be better prepared to teach at the secondary school level, or (3) continue working toward a doctor of philosophy degree.
  The master of arts program is a broadly based program which includes a study of algebra, analysis, topology, and the foundations of mathematics. The master of science program consists of a core of applied mathematics together with a core (at most 12 hours) in an allied field such as business, computer science, or physics. The program is flexible and is particularly suited to meet the needs of students preparing for careers in business, industry, or government.
  The department also offers the master of arts in teaching degree in mathematics. This program is designed for certified teachers who wish to strengthen their discipline-based background and keep up with current information in educational theory, curriculum, and research.
  All graduate programs in mathematics are planned in close consultation with the student’s advisory committee and subject to its approval.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission to M.S. or M.A. programs are as follows:

Unconditional
• Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college with a major (or the equivalent) in mathematics.
• Overall GPA of 3.0 or above in all mathematics courses beginning with the last elementary calculus course.

Conditional
Recommendation of the student’s advisory committee.


Master of Arts in Mathematics

CIP 27.0101

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
MAT courses, 600-level* (12 hrs)
MAT courses, 500- or 600-level (12 hrs)
MAT  698-699 Research and Thesis (6 hrs)
*Must be approved by student’s advisory committee.

Other Degree Requirements
Oral defense and examination of thesis.

NON-THESIS TRACK

Total Degree Requirements 30 hours
MAT courses, 600-level* (15 hrs)
MAT courses, 500- or 600-level (15 hrs)

*Must be approved by student’s advisory committee.

Other Degree Requirements
Comprehensive examination over coursework.


Master of Science in Mathematics

CIP 27.0101

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 33 hours*
MAT courses, 600-level (9 hrs)
MAT courses, 500- or 600-level  (6-18 hrs)
Allied field, 500- or 600-level  (0-12 hrs)
MAT 698-699 Research and Thesis

*Must include at least 14 hours of 600-level courses, excluding thesis.

Other Degree Requirements
Oral defense and examination of thesis.

NON-THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 33 hours*
MAT courses, 600-level (15 hrs)
MAT courses, 500- or 600-level (6 hrs)
Allied field, 500- or 600-level (12 hrs)
*Must include at least 17 hours of 600-level courses.

Other Degree Requirements
Comprehensive examination over course work.


Master of Arts in Teaching in 
Mathematics (M.A.T.)

CIP 27.0101

The M.A.T. program is designed for certified teachers who wish to strengthen their background in mathematics and keep up with current information in educational theory, curriculum and research. The program provides for both reasonable depth in the mathematics area and graduate-level exposure in supporting disciplines. Completion of this program fulfills the requirements for Rank II classification. A departmental advisor and an advisory committee must be established during the first semester of residence. A student portfolio is required. 

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission to the M.A.T. program are as follows.

Unconditional
• Minor in mathematics.
• Completion of requirements for teaching certification.

Conditional
See MSU requirements (Chapter 2) and conditional admission requirements for certification (Chapter 5).

NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY

Total Course Requirements 36 hours
MAT courses, 600-level (3 hrs)
MAT courses, 500- or 600-level (15-18 hrs)
Courses in supporting field of science, 500- or 600-level (0-3 hrs)

Education Courses
ADM 630 Methods of Educational Research
EDU 631 Motivation and Learning Theory
EDU 633 Curriculum Development
EDU 645 History of Education in the United States
EDU 649 Research in Education


Master of Arts in Education 
(Secondary Education) with Mathematics Specialization

CIP 13.1205

Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education (see Chapter 5) may complete a mathematics specialization with 12 hours of 500- or 600-level mathematics courses.
 
 

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