This is a named option within the Mathematics M.A. It is designed to strengthen the student's mathematics background and enhance the opportunities for applications to Ph.D. programs and for employment as a mathematician in nonacademic environments.

Admission is competitive. Applicants to the Ph.D. program are automatically considered for financial support. For more information about application to the Ph.D. and M.A. programs, see the department's admission website

Graduate School Admissions

Graduate admissions is a two-step process between academic degree programs and the Graduate School. Applicants must meet requirements of both the program(s) and the Graduate School. Once you have researched the graduate program(s) you are interested in, apply online.  

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and processes related to funding.

Program Resources

The Department of Mathematics cannot provide financial support for the Master's–Foundations of Advanced Studies Degree program. Students enrolled in this program may not accept University appointments which grant waivers of tuition and/or academic fees, cf. the policy on campus employment.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Named Option Requirements

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No Yes

Mode of Instruction Definitions

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement The coursework must consist of graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide (https://registrar.wisc.edu/course-guide/).
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements None.
Assessments and Examinations None.
Language Requirements No language requirements.

Required COURSES

Required Courses:
These courses must be taken by all students, except when it is determined by the director of graduate studies that equivalent courses were taken prior to entering the program.
MATH 522 Analysis II3
MATH 542 Modern Algebra3
Basic Electives:
All other 500-level and all 600-level courses in Mathematics may be taken as elective courses. Currently the following courses are available. Select four of the following:12
Numerical Linear Algebra
Numerical Analysis
Ordinary Differential Equations
Linear Programming Methods
Probability Theory
Elementary Geometric and Algebraic Topology
Differential Geometry
Elementary Number Theory
Mathematical Logic
Stochastic Methods for Biology
Mathematical Methods for Structural Biology
Mathematical Methods for Continuum Modeling in Biology
Mathematical Methods for Systems Biology
Analysis of Partial Differential Equations
Analysis III
Complex Analysis
Introduction to Fourier Analysis
Introduction to Measure and Integration
Introduction to Stochastic Processes
An Introduction to Brownian Motion and Stochastic Calculus
Introduction to Error-Correcting Codes
Advanced Electives:
All 700 level courses in Mathematics may be taken as elective courses. Students must pass at least four of the following core graduate courses with a Grade of B or higher. Select four of the following:12
Methods of Applied Mathematics 1
Methods of Applied Mathematics-2
Methods of Computational Mathematics I
Methods of Computational Mathematics II
A First Course in Real Analysis
Complex Analysis
A Second Course in Real Analysis
Theory of Probability I
Theory of Probability II
Abstract Algebra
Abstract Algebra
Introductory Topology I
Introductory Topology II
Differentiable Manifolds
Foundations of Mathematics
Set Theory
Computability Theory
Model Theory
Total Credits30

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Named Option-Specific Policies

Graduate Program Handbook

The Graduate Program Handbook is the repository for all of the program's policies and requirements.

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Students in the M.A. program are allowed to count no more than 14 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

No more than 7 credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

ProbatioN

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

  1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place).
  2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to enroll; loss of funding guarantee; specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status).
  3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program).

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

Students are recommended to meet with an advisor.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

Time Constraints

Two years. Extensions have to be approved by the program.

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Other

The Department of Mathematics cannot provide financial support for the Master's–Foundations of Advanced Studies Degree program. Students enrolled in this program may not accept university appointments which grant waivers of tuition and/or academic fees.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

Faculty: Professors Anderson, Angenent, Arinkin, Assadi, Bolotin, Boston, Căldăraru, Craciun, Denissov, Ellenberg, Feldman, Gong, Jin, Lempp, Mari Beffa (chair), Maxim, Miller, Mitchell, Paul, Roch, Seeger, Seppäläinen, Smith, Terwilliger, Thiffeault, Valko, Waleffe, M. Wood, Yang; Associate Professors Dymarz, Gurevich, Kent, Stechmann, Street, Yin; Assistant Professors Andrews, Erman, Ifrim, Kim, Li, Marshall, Sam, Soskova, Spagnolie, Stovall, Tran, Bi. Wang, Bo. Wang, L. Wang, P. Wood;  Affiliate Faculty Bach, Cai, Del Pia, Ferris, Ron, Sifakis.