# Master’s Degree Course Requirements

*Questions not answered by the document should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies (see Administrative Contact Information).*

- Candidates for either the M.S. or M.A. are required to complete 30 semester hours of approved course work. Programs of course work must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Two semesters prior to the date that the student expects to receive a Master’s degree the student should submit the remainder of the course list for final approval.
- When reading for the Master’s thesis or project students should sign up for the section of Math 920 that corresponds to their adviser. When writing the Master’s thesis or project students should sign up for at least three hours of Math 992 (Master’s Project) or Math 993 (Master’s Thesis). Signing up for Math 992 or 993 is normally done in the semester prior to completing the Master’s degree. Signing up for at least three credits of Math 992 or Math 993 guarantees full time student status, but this is not true for Math 920.
- Fifteen hours must be in graduate level mathematics courses numbered 640 or above in the Department of Mathematics. These fifteen hours may not include Math 920, 992 or 993; however, these courses may be counted toward the 30 hour requirement.
- Courses which are acceptable for the 30 semester hours are:
- Advanced undergraduate mathematics courses approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. These should be at the level of 521, 577 or 578.
- Graduate level courses in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research.
- Courses numbered at least 400 in the Department of Computer Science with an approved level of mathematical content.
- Graduate level courses from other science departments at UNC which have an approved level of mathematical content.

- An approved computer science course at UNC that is used to satisfy the computer language requirement for the Master’s degree may not be used to satisfy the requirement for 30 semester hours.