# Degree Requirements

Below are summaries of degree requirements for doctoral and masters students. For more details, please see the document Policies and Procedures.

### Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree requirements

- Obtain a score of 3 on at least three of the four written preliminary exams and 2 on the remaining exam
- Complete at least four semesters of full-time academic residence (12 units minimum per semester) at UC Merced
- Complete the five required core courses with a grade point average of 3.25 and with a grade of at least B in each
- Complete at least two special-topics courses with grade of at least B
- Complete the Applied Mathematics Seminar (MATH 291) for at least two semesters with grade of S (“Satisfactory”); students are expected to attend all seminars in the Applied Mathematics Seminar when possible
- Complete the Applied Mathematics Seminar for at least two semesters with grade of S; students are expected to attend all seminars in the Applied Mathematics Seminar Series when possible (MATH 291)
- Serve as a half-time Teaching Assistant (TA) for at least two semesters (or equivalent)
- Complete MATH 201 Teaching and Learning in the Sciences (or equivalent) and MATH 399 University Teaching
- Pass the qualifying examamination composed of two parts: (i) a written research proposal and (ii) an oral examination
- Give at least one open technical oral presentation while in residence
- Meet with the faculty committee at least once a year to report progress towards degree;
- Present and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation containing an original contribution to knowledge in the field

### Master of Science (M.S.) degree requirements

Two different degree plans are recognized for the M.S. degree in applied mathematics graduate studies:

#### Plan I (Thesis) Requirements

- Obtain a score of at least 2 on each of the four written preliminary exams
- Complete at least two semesters of full-time academic residence (12 units minimum per semester) at UC Merced
- Complete the five required core courses with grade of at least B
- Complete at least one special topics course with grade of at least B
- Complete the Applied Mathematics Seminar (MATH 291) for at least two semesters with grade of S (“Satisfactory”); students are expected to attend all seminars in the Applied Mathematics Seminar when possible
- Serve as a half-time Teaching Assistant (TA) for at least one semester (or equivalent)
- Complete MATH 201 Teaching and Learning in the Sciences (or equivalent) and MATH 399 University Teaching
- Meet with the faculty committee at least once a year to report progress towards degree
- Prepare an acceptable thesis describing original research in the field under the guidance of an applied mathematics faculty research advisor and successfully defend the thesis to a committee, chaired by the research advisor, that is composed of at least two additional members from the applied mathematics faculty

#### Plan II (Capstone) Requirements

- Obtain a score of at least 2 on each of the four written preliminary exam
- Complete at least two semesters of full-time academic residence (12 units minimum per semester) at UC Merced;
- Complete the five required core courses with grade of at least B
- Complete at least two special topics courses with grade of at least B
- Complete the Applied Mathematics Seminar (MATH 291) for at least two semesters with grade of S (“Satisfactory”); students are expected to attend all seminars in the Applied Mathematics Seminar when possible
- Serve as a half-time Teaching Assistant (TA) for at least one semester (or equivalent)
- Complete MATH 201 Teaching and Learning in the Sciences (or equivalent) and MATH 399 University Teaching
- Meet with the research advisor as necessary to report progress towards degree
- Complete the capstone requirement, which is the completion of an acceptable written document presenting research accomplished under a faculty advisor

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