2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 14, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, MS

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Uday Banerjee, 215 Carnegie, 315-443-1472.


Uday Banerjee, Pinyuen Chen, Dan Coman, J. Theodore Cox, Steven Diaz, Helen M. Doerr, Jack E. Graver, Philip S. Griffin, Peter D. Horn, Tadeusz Iwaniec, Hyune-Ju Kim, Mark Kleiner, Leonid Kovalev, Loredana Lanzani, Graham J. Leuschke, Adam Lutoborski, Joanna O. Masingila, Terry R. McConnell, Claudia Miller, Jani Onninen, Evgeny Poletsky, Declan Quinn, Lixin Shen, John Ucci, Gregory Verchota, Andrew Vogel, William Voltermann, Stephan Wehrli, William Wylie, Yuan Yuan, Dan Zacharia

The Department of Mathematics has 31 faculty members, with research interests in several areas of mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education, and approximately 55 graduate students. The department is housed in the recently renovated Carnegie Library building on the main campus quadrangle. Programs of study include those for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics, with or without a concentration in Statistics, and for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics Education.

M.S. in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics offers two programs leading to the Master’s of Science in Mathematics degree. The programs are (1) Mathematics (including pure and applied mathematics) and (2) Statistics. Master’s programs share MAT 601 - Fundamentals of Analysis I  and MAT 631 - Introduction to Algebra I  as common foundations, and there is additional overlap between them.

Thirty credits of graduate work are required, of which at least 18 must be at the 600-level or above, and at least 15 of those 18 credits must be in the mathematics department. In the mathematics option the student must also complete MAT 602 - Fundamentals of Analysis II , MAT 632 - Introduction to Algebra II , and a sequence in applied mathematics from an approved list of sequences. In the statistics option several particular courses are required.

Students must have at least a B average in the 15 credits of 600-level or above mathematics department courses and at least a B average in the 30 credits of coursework comprising the degree program. No master’s thesis is required.

Joint and Concurrent Degree Programs-Mathematics and Computer Science

In collaboration with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering, we offer concurrent M.S. degrees in mathematics and computer science. Students complete a total of 51 credits, 30 in mathematics and 21 in computer science. Students who want to pursue this program should have a solid background in undergraduate mathematics, and knowledge of programming in high-level languages and of algorithms and data structures adequate for graduate study in computer science.

Research Areas

The department’s Colloquium series features weekly lectures by mathematicians from all over the United States and abroad in many of the areas of mathematical research represented in the department. Furthermore several of the research groups organize regular research seminars. Colloquia and seminar schedules, along with other information about our programs, courses, and events, can be found at math.syr.edu.

The following research groups are currently represented in the department.


Algebraic geometry (moduli spaces of curves, equations defining finite sets of points), commutative algebra (homological algebra, Cohen-Macaulay modules, characteristic p), non-commutative algebra (representations of finite-dimensional algebras, homological algebra, group actions on non-commutative rings, Hopf algebras, enveloping algebras, non-commutative algebraic geometry). Faculty: Diaz, Kleiner, Leuschke, Miller, Quinn, Zacharia.


Complex analysis (several complex variables, pluripotential theory, complex dynamics, invariant metrics, holomorphic currents, Kähler geometry, rigidity problems), geometric analysis (PDE on manifolds, geometric flows), harmonic analysis, partial differential equations (linear and nonlinear elliptic PDE, boundary value problems on nonsmooth domains), geometric function theory (quasiconformal mappings, analysis on metric spaces). Faculty: Coman, Iwaniec, Kovalev, Lanzani, Onninen, Poletsky, Verchota, Vogel, Wylie, Yuan.

Applied Mathematics

Numerical analysis (approximate solutions of elliptic PDE, generalized finite element methods and meshless methods), nonlinear variational problems (microstructure in nonlinear elasticity), applied and computational harmonic analysis (wavelets, digital image processing). Faculty: Banerjee, Lutoborski, Shen.


Combinatorics, graph theory, rigidity theory, symmetries of planar graphs, automorphism groups of graphs. Faculty: Graver.


Low-dimensional topology and knot theory (knot concordance, Heegaard Floer homology, homology theories for knots and links), K-theory (topological K-theory of Eilenberg-Mac Lane spaces, equivariant homotopy theory), Riemannian/Kähler geometry (Ricci curvature and topology, special metrics, geometric flows, rigidity problems). Faculty: Horn, Ucci, Wehrli, Wylie, Yuan.

Math Education

Secondary mathematics education, teacher learning, mathematical modeling, out-of-school mathematics practice, teacher development. Faculty: Doerr, Masingila.


Interacting particle systems, Brownian motion, random walks, probabilistic methods in mathematical finance, martingales. Faculty: Cox, Griffin, McConnell.


Ranking and selection theory (applications in radar signal processing and two-stage procedures for multinomial problems), change-point problems, sequential analysis, longitudinal analysis, neural networks. Faculty: Chen, Kim, Voltermann.

Graduate Awards

Figures for graduate appointments represent 2014-2015 stipends.

Graduate Scholarships:

Support graduate study for students with superior qualifications; provide, in most cases, full tuition for the academic year.

Graduate Assistantships:

Offered to most Graduate Scholarship recipients; no more than an average of 15 hours of work per week; nine months; stipend ranging from $17,244.26 to $21,072.77 in addition to tuition scholarship for 24 credits per year. Additional summer support is generally available.

Syracuse University Graduate Fellowships:

Tax-free stipends ranging from $14,250 to $23,830 for nine months of full-time study; tuition scholarship for 15 credits per semester for a total of 30 credits during the academic year.


The mathematics library currently holds over 57,000 volumes, including 34,000 books and over 350 print and electronic journal subscriptions Online databases include MathSciNet, Current Index to Statistics, Jahrbuch Database, MathEduc, ERIC, Scopus, and Web of Science.

In addition to covering a broad range of pure and applied mathematics, the mathematics library contains print and electronic resources in the history of mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics. The following resources are available for student borrowing: TI graphing calculators, geometry kits, and course reserve books.

The computer lab in Carnegie Library, Room 208, has 16 computers, and a color printer with copying and scanning capability. The lab computers provide extensive software for statistical or data analysis, data base management, programming, and graphics. More information on computing services and the software available for students may be found on the ITS website: https://its.syr.edu/computer-labs/index.html.

The Carnegie Library contains over 210,000 volumes in the sciences, including biology, chemistry, engineering and computer science, library and information science, nutrition science and dietetics, public health, physics & astronomy, photography, technical arts, pure and applied mathematics, probability and statistics, mathematics education, and military and naval sciences. The historic Reading Room provides a quiet place for students to study and use library resources.

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