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Graduate Program

Admission requirements

All conditions of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies must be met. In particular, an applicant must hold an undergraduate/bachelor's degree before beginning at ISU. International students must also satisfy English proficiency requirements.

Students applying to the Mathematics master's program must also have completed at least twenty-four hours of undergraduate mathematics. This will usually include the calculus sequence and the equivalent of MATH 333, 320, 410, 412, and 413. Applicants with deficiencies may be granted conditional admission.

It is also possible to complete coursework without the goal of obtaining a degree. In this case you should submit an application to the ISU, indicating that you are a non-degree seeking student.


Degree requirements

The requirements for the Master of Science degree are available here: Mathematics Master of Science requirements

Approved electives include any graduate level mathematics course other than MATH 695 and the four courses used to meet the mathematics core requirements. If you would like to take elective courses outside of the mathematics department, contact your academic adviser to see if the elective is approved.

A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation with a MS degree (see the College of Graduate and Professional Studies course catalog).


Distance students

Online graduate courses will be either synchronous or asynchronous, and individual courses may change between the two depending on the semester. This information is always indicated in the course schedule. For synchronous classes, students are required to log in for the entire course session. Asynchronous students do not have to log in during the course session. Course times in the schedule are listed in local time at ISU (Eastern time zone).

Distance students may take anywhere from 3 to 9 credits each semester.


Registering for classes

Upon admission to the graduate program, you will be assigned an academic adviser and receive information about how to obtain an ISU email address and get access to ISU Portal (also known as MyISU). Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to register throught ISU Portal during "Priority Registration." Dates are found in the academic calendar.

There is no "typical" set of courses that students take their first semester. However, it is advisable to complete MATH 510 (Introduction to Analysis) and MATH 512 (Abstract Algebra) as soon as possible since they are prerequisites for many courses. To ensure timely graduation, you should also familiarize yourself with the degree requirements. For example, you must complete at least 4 core courses before you plan to graduate, and you must also make sure that you have completed at least half of your credit hours at the 600 level or above (typically 5 courses in addition to MATH 695). Course offerings vary from semester to semester, so you should prioritize taking 600 level courses as they become available.

Depending on your background, you might see the message "Prerequisite and Test Score error" when you try to register for a course. To resolve this you should use your ISU email address (as always) to contact your academic adviser about the possibility of obtaining an override for this error. Once you have registered for courses, you will typically have access to course information through Blackboard one week before the semester begins.


Program director

Vin Isaia, Assistant Professor,
(812) 237-2157
Office: RO A-122


Graduate faculty

Liz Brown, Professor,

Jodi Frost, Associate Professor,

Mark Inlow, Assistant Professor,

Vin Isaia, Assistant Professor,

Yi-Yin "Winnie" Ko, Associate Professor,

Russell Lodge, Assistant Professor,

Christine Taylor, Assistant Professor,

Cheng Zhao, Professor,

Peng Zhao, Assistant Professor,