Graduate students who have advanced to candidacy should start preparing a thesis or studying for a Comprehensive Exam. An excellent time to start is the summer before the last academic year.
Graduate students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics have access to the fantastic resources of MathSciNet via the Library. This allows students to find research articles in all branches of mathematics.
The timelines and checklists below are for graduate students who have advanced to candidacy:
 Overall GPA of at least 3.0;
 Satisfied the Graduate Writing Test (GWT) requirement;
 Satisfied all requirements stipulated by the graduate coordinator at the time of admission;
 Contract approved by the graduate coordinator and the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies;
 Completed 6 courses on the student's contract, at least 4 of which must be at the 500 level; and
 3.0 GPA on contract courses taken thus far.
The Graduate Studies Office has its own set of requirements each graduate student must satisfy in order to earn a master's degree. Information on these requirements can be found using the following links.
The thesis option is avalable for Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Mathematics Education.
 Summer (4th to last quarter)

 Find a thesis advisor and a topic. Talk to your professors.
 Read and write down some math.
 Start typesetting your thesis. A thesis should be written using LaTeX. Free resources are available here (see Help with LaTeX under current Students on the left).
 Fall (3rd to last quarter)

 Take classes as needed, perhaps a unit or two of MAT 691/696. Save at least one unit of MAT 696 for your last quarter.
 Read and write down some more math. Meet with your thesis advisor regularly.
 Start/continue typesetting your thesis. Use LaTeX (see Help with LaTeX under current Students on the left)


 Winter (2nd to last quarter)

 Take classes as needed, perhaps a unit or two of MAT 691/696. Save at least one unit of MAT 696 for your last quarter.
 Choose a thesis defense committee comprising your thesis advisor and two other professors, perhaps one from another department or institution.
 Schedule your thesis defense, using input from your committee. Contact Cidni Griffith for assistance in securing an appropriate room.
 Have an initial yet full version of your thesis completed by the end of this quarter. Send this first full version to your committee members and request feedback within a few weeks or a month. At this point, all of the main mathematical content of your thesis should be done.
 Spring (last quarter)

 Take classes as needed, including at least one unit of MAT 696 for your last quarter. Be sure to have completed 2 units of MAT 691 and 3 of MAT 696.
 Apply to graduate in the current quarter. This should be done in the first week of the quarter. See Important Dates and Deadlines.
 Follow the Graduate Studies Office's Final Checklist.
 Revise your graduate contract as needed.
 Schedule a preliminary library formatting review 30 days before the thesis submission deadline and prior to having committee members sign the Signature Page.
 Edit your thesis as needed. Use the input from your committee members. Perhaps send the revised draft back to your committee for one last review.
 A few weeks before the end of the quarter, schedule the final library formatting review and schedule an appointment with the Graduate Studies office to submit the thesis.
 Finish writing the thesis before the last week of classes.
 Complete, sign, and submit the Report of Culminating Experience form (PDF) to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
 Pay Cashiers office.
 Submit approved thesis for binding. Typically, this must be done by the Wednesday of finals week at the latest. Do it before then.
Please note that the comprehensive exam option is avaiable for Pure Mathematics only.
 Summer (4th to last quarter)

 Find professors to write the different portions of the Comprehensive Exam for you. Ask for reference materials and sample problems.
 Start studying.
 Fall (3rd to last quarter)

 Take classes as needed. Note that 44 units (11 courses) plus 1 unit of MAT 697 (taken in your last quarter) must be completed to satisfy the requirements for the Comprehensive Exam option.
 Study for your classes and for the Comprehensive Exam.
 Winter (2nd to last quarter)

 Take classes as needed. Note that 44 units (11 courses) plus 1 unit of MAT 697 (taken in your last quarter) must be completed to satisfy the requirements for the Comprehensive Exam option.
 Schedule your exams, using input from the instructors. Contact Cidni Griffith for assistance in securing an appropriate room.
 Study for your classes and for the Comprehensive Exam.
 Spring (last quarter)

 Take classes as needed, including 1 unit of MAT 697. The Graduate Coordinator can help you fill out the form to set up MAT 697. Again, 44 units (11 courses) plus 1 unit of MAT 697 must be completed to satisfy the requirements for the Comprehensive Exam option.
 Apply to graduate in the current quarter. This should be done in the first week of the quarter. See Important Dates and Deadlines
 Follow the Graduate Studies Office's Final Checklist.
 Revise your graduate contract as needed.
 Complete, sign, and submit the Report of Culminating Experience form (PDF) to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
 Take any remaining portions of the Comprehensive Exam, as scheduled.